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Black Shuck

What's that sound? It's the drumming of bad luck...

One of Rust & Stardust's Participatory Projects, Black Shuck is a collaboration with Arts Council England.

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An epic drama lasting 75 minutes, the play is designed to be rehearsed over four days by school and youth groups who then perform it to public audiences alongside two professional actors from Rust & Stardust.

Rust & Stardust’s epic theatre adaptation of the famous folk legend is a frightening, poetical exploration of the black dog within us all...

In 1577 a strange and terrible wonder strikes the Suffolk village of Blythburgh.

Black Shuck, malevolent devil’s hound with blazing red eyes, roams the countryside terrorising the rich and poor alike.

Against this backdrop of fear and paranoia, an orphan, a battle-worn soldier, and lonesome dancer each attempt to solve the mystery of the demon dog - all the while, out of strife, new love looks to blossom and bloom...

Script: Eleanor Conlon

Puppets: Katie Sommers

Costumes: Eleanor Conlon

Set and Props: Eleanor Conlon & Katie Sommers

Songs and Music: Eleanor Conlon

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Participatory Projects

Our Participatory Project partnerships are a unique way for young people to engage with professional theatre.


Working with our skilled facilitators across four days of rehearsals, participants engage with a variety of art forms, including puppetry, music, dance, craft, fight choreography and more, and build confidence and communication skills in workshops which lead into live performances.


We come to you, source funding, and create bespoke experiences designed to suit you and which best support your young people.

Plus, they can be paired with delivery of Discover and Explore Arts Award qualifications.

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Arts Award

We are a proud Arts Award Centre and offer a range of opportunities for individuals and groups working towards Arts Award qualifications.

In addition to our Participatory Projects, we offer educational shows and accompanying workshops to suit your curriculum that support Discover, Explore and Bronze Arts Award certification.

These can be adapted for ages 5+ and might include puppet-making, puppetry techniques, storytelling, and more.

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Our workshops are a fun and creative way to explore the magic of shadow puppetry, table top puppetry, storytelling, music, craft activities, and more.

After consultation with you, Rust & Stardust's highly experienced facilitators guide classes or groups through a bespoke range of activities supporting curriculum goals which encourage them to be imaginative and expressive while acquiring new knowledge and skills.

All of our workshops also promote sustainability in the use of recycled materials, and can be tailored to your specific needs.

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