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The Wild Man of Orford

A tale from folklore, of the strange song of the sea...

One of Rust & Stardust's Touring Shows, The Wild Man of Orford was the company's first-ever production.

A drama lasting 50 minutes, the play is designed for indoor performance spaces and features a musician and four professional actor-puppeteers from Rust & Stardust.

A story of humanity, monstrosity and the untameable wild, Rust & Stardust's The Wild Man of Orford features an exciting combination of handmade puppets, live theatre, medieval music, and sand, glass and shadow animation.

Orford, the Suffolk coast, 1167. A pair of fishermen haul up a mysterious catch: a scaly, glistening creature from the depths of the sea...

Man or monster?


Is the Wild Man barbaric, or simply free from the constraints of society?


None are sure, least of all the local net-maker, but, with the creature locked in the darkness of Orford Castle dungeon, the town's governor, Bartholomew de Granville, intends to find out.

A tale from English folklore of freedom, kindness, and the strange wild song of the sea.

Script: Eleanor Conlon

Puppets: Katie Sommers

Costumes: Eleanor Conlon

Set and Props: Katie Sommers

Music: Kaisa Pulkkinen

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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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