Developed in 2015 following the highly successful run of the new culturally diverse musical of the same name, directed by Trestle’s artistic director Emily Gray and produced by John and Jodie Kidd. The show ran at The London Theatre Workshop, between 17 February 2015 – 28 March 2015. This powerful and epic new musical of forbidden love, betrayal and redemption is based on a true story that fired the world’s imagination and contributed to a social movement against the slave trade.

Yarico is the true story of a seventeenth century Amerindian woman; she saved the life of a British merchant who then sold her into slavery on Barbados. The issues within her story create the foundation of the project and include ideological and theatrical exploration of ‘being enslaved’ in both historical and contemporary contexts, culturally diverse relationships and the power of music as a tool for expression in response to adversity.

Funded by Arts Council England and The Beaverbrook Foundation, the project celebrates Black History and is supported by developed digital engagement and is particularly aimed at reaching diverse communities and participants, focusing on secondary schools and cross departmental collaborations.

The project will roll out across the UK during 2016 and unites Trestle’s highly regarded and well established arts education programme with its proven track record for creating inspirational physical theatre and participation projects. All of Trestle’s work is influenced by full and half mask; however, over the past decade, collaborations with artists from India, Spain, Eastern Europe and Africa, along with partners in the UK, have stimulated the evolution of the work the company create. These partnerships have inspired Trestle to consider extensive social, historical and cultural contexts and enabled the company to make links to the wider curriculum.