By Stewart Pringle (2017, Prize Winner)
Directed by Cathal Cleary. Designed by Frankie Bradshaw. Lighting by Johanna Town. Sound by Richard Hammarton.
Cast: Gary Lilburn. Connie Walker.
“We’re not here forever. You’ve got to take a chance from time to time. Sometimes you’ve got to see something you like and grab hold. Don’t let it go.”
Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down, his autumn years spent quietly caring for the community he loves. Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. When their paths cross at the village hall, their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably. What do community, growing old, and falling in love really mean? And who gets to decide anyway?
In its world premiere, Trestle tenderly but truthfully explores love and ageing, asking how we choose to live in the face of soaring life expectancies. It won the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize from over 1000 entries, following in the footsteps of previous Prize-winners who have gone on to win BAFTAs and OffWestEnd Awards and premiere worldwide.
Off West End Award Nominations for Most Promising New Playwright, Best Female and Best Male
★★★★ “A play of muted joy and ache that penetrates to the bone. A stealthy little heartbreaker.” The Times
★★★★ “Brimming with quiet insight and sympathetic humour.” The Independent
★★★★ “Stewart Pringle’s Papatango New Writing Prize-winning play makes a big impression.” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Sophistication and sensitivity…Powered by two captivating performances, a tender, lovely piece of theatre.” Time Out
★★★★ “Funny, adorable, elegiac, brimming with gentle humour and bursting with heart.” The Stage
★★★★ “Wittily and cleverly written, wonderfully evocative, closely and lovingly observed.” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ “Thought-provoking, clever twists, heart-warming.” London Theatre 1
★★★★★ “A gem of a play…a truly moving piece of theatre.” Rewrite This Story
★★★★ “Touchingly played, remarkable acting, very funny.” Reviews Hub
★★★★ “The sophistication with which the subject is handled is a wonder to behold. A lovely, quiet, intensely thoughtful piece.” Theatre Bubble