Papatango Theatre Company presents
by Stewart Pringle
“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.
Trestle follows 2016 Papatango Prize winner Orca and 2015 winner Tomcat, both OffWestEnd Award-nominated, in making its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse.
The press on 2016 Papatango Prize-winner Orca:
★★★★ ‘Richly atmospheric and very well acted.’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Seduces us with myth and theatrical magic.’ Time Out
★★★★★ ‘Dazzlingly acted. [A] fine, subtle and important piece of theatre.’ Broadway World
‘Gorgeous, atmospheric, compelling.’ The Stage
‘A joy to watch.’ Exeunt
After the show on Monday 6th November join writer Stewart Pringle (former Artistic Director at the Old Red Lion Theatre, winner of the 2016 OffWestEnd Best Artistic Director Award, and now Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre), director Cathal Cleary (JMK Award winner), and Professor Debora Price of Manchester University to discuss the play.
Plus, after the show on Tuesday 7th November there will be a free Post-Show Discussion on grief and loss, with The Loss Foundation’s Dr Erin Hope Thompson.
Erin founded The Loss Foundation in 2010, which dedicated to building services to support people when they lose their loved ones to cancer. She was named as one of the 35 top business women under 35 in the UK by Management Today in 2017, and awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, and also works as a Clinical Psychologist within the NHS and private sector.