Stewart Pringle's play Trestle is a two-hander about love and ageing, asking how we choose to live in the face of soaring life expectancies. It was the winner of the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize, and was first performed at Southwark Playhouse, London, on 1 November 2017, produced by Papatango.
The play takes place in a community hall in a small Yorkshire village in the present day. Harry, a widower in his sixties, chairs a weekly meeting of the local Improvement Committee, while Denise, also in her sixties, runs a Zumba class. Harry feels like life is beginning to tick down; Denise thinks life begins in retirement and she’s dancing like she’s still at high school. What starts as a series of brief encounters between natural opposites, united by a need to pack away the trestle table, gradually turns into a friendship, and their understanding of the time they have left changes irrevocably.
The Southwark Playhouse production was directed by Cathal Cleary and designed by Frankie Bradshaw. It was performed by Gary Lilburn and Connie Walker.