Trestle Theatre Company and Partners present ALL ABOUT US – A Festival to celebrate, create and enable!

Until Sun Oct 9th
  13:00 to 16:00
 01727 850950


This Autumn Trestle Theatre Company are delivering a brand new festival designed with and for the local learning disabled community.

Made possible through funding from the Arts Council of England the All About Us! Festival will celebrate the wealth of creative work accomplished by the local community across the district in a series of 5 performance events taking place in the first week of October all of which will be open for the public to attend.

The project kicked off this summer with a series of highly successful workshops exploring circus skills, singing, spoken word and arts and crafts. Over 100 local people took part in the workshops across the district with participants commenting “It was really fun seeing new people and hearing their perspectives”, “(I had an) amazing time learning new skills”  and ”I felt the workshop(s) offered something for everyone”,

The festival week launches with a free event at Cotlandwick Leisure Centre on 1st Oct, between 1 pm – 3 pm which will be filled with an array of activities for all the family including Circus performers, Hand and face painting, Acoustic live music and singing, football demonstrations and much more!

The performance events take place between the 3rd and 9th of October in venues across the city including St Albans Cathedral and the Sandpit Theatre and tickets for all events are now on sale! The lineup includes performances and films from The Purple All Stars, Music 24, Herts Inclusive Theatre, BEEE Creative and Trestle’s very own ACT UP, DANCE NOW and SING OUT groups among others, these events are guaranteed to be an unforgettable celebration of the rich talents of the learning disabled community within the district.

Following the festival week the project will continue with an exhibition celebrating past, present and future art and memories from and with the participants running at St Albans Museum from Jan to February 2023. Throughout the project, we will be collecting oral histories from people with lived experiences of learning disabilities, friends, family, key workers and others that will feature in the exhibition. These oral histories will be presented as an installation celebrating this vibrant, creative and diverse community in their own words and art. 

Trestle’s Creative Director Helen Barnett said ‘We were utterly blown away with the response to the summer workshops and I know the participants can’t wait to share their hard work. Bringing everyone together, as well as meeting new participants and groups has already been incredibly rewarding and we are looking forward to continuing to build this work throughout the festival and beyond. It certainly won’t be one to be missed! ’

Partners already include Purple All Stars, The Daylight Club and Passport to Leisure. Kate Harding at Purple All Stars said “This wonderful festival means we can be our best creative selves and deliver our ‘All about Us’ messages to the St Albans community.”

ALL ABOUT US Festival | Launch Event

Saturday 1st October, 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Cotlandswick Leisure Centre, 341 High St, London Colney, AL2 1EB
Venue Contact 01727 822447

This FREE event will feature:

  • Circus performers

  • Hand and face painting

  • Acoustic live music and singing

  • Dance displays and workshops

  • Visual arts and crafts workshops

  • Football demos and workshops

  • Food and drink sales and demos

  • Bar

  • A memory and wishes stall

Much more- come along and find out!

Tickets: Free Entry no need to book!

ALL ABOUT US Festival | Music

Monday 3rd October, 2-3 pm
Location: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY
Venue Contact 01727 890210

This event will feature a variety of singing groups and choirs presenting their own pieces and also coming together to all perform a brand new song using their own words, written and arranged by Music 24, in the beautiful and historic setting of the Nave at the Abbey.

Including performances from the SING OUT Choir and The Daylight Cub

Tickets: £2/£5/£10 (Additional donations welcome)

ALL ABOUT US Festival | Film

Wednesday 5th October, from 6.30 pm
Location: Online
Venue Contact 01727 850950

Live Streamed film festival from Trestle Arts Base.

Enjoy a variety of short films from different filmmakers, writers and groups, from the warm-hearted to the whacky. Introduced and compered by our very own talented team

Tickets: £2 (Additional donations welcome)

ALL ABOUT US Festival | Dance

Friday 7th October, 7- 8 pm
Location: Sandpit Theatre, Sandringham School, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9NX
Venue Contact 01727 799565

An evening of live dance, created and presented by different and diverse groups.

Including performances from DANCE NOW, BEEE Creative, The Purple All Stars and Silverbirch Dance Company.

Tickets: £2/£5/£10 (Additional donations welcome)

ALL ABOUT US Festival | Theatre

Sunday 9th October, 2- 4 pm
Location: Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Venue Contact 01727 850950

An afternoon of short stage plays created especially for and by the groups who are performing.

Including performances from ACT UP, The Purple All Stars and Silverbirch Dance Company.

Tickets: £2/£5/£10 (Additional donations welcome)

Tickets for all the events can be purchased online at

Tickets (where required) will need to be booked for all those attending including carers and support workers and be sure to let us know of any access requirements at the time of booking. Each performance event is either free or on a sliding scale to ensure as many people as possible can access the performances. Please choose ticket prices according to what you can afford however additional donations are always welcome.


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