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Under The Apple Tree

Why does an apple always fall down and never up?

One of Rust & Stardust's Magic of Science Trilogy, Under The Apple Tree is not currently available to book.

A musical comedy lasting 40 minutes, the play features a dazzling blend of table-top and shadow puppetry, special effects and projection art, alongside two actor-puppeteers from Rust & Stardust.

A journey through the little-understood life of one of England's greatest scientists, featuring music, projection, and table-top puppetry...

Script: Anthony Hope

Puppets: Katie Sommers

Costumes: Eleanor Conlon

Set and Props: Eleanor Conlon & Katie Sommers

Sir Isaac Newton is a towering name in the history of science, yet even in his lifetime the word 'scientist' was yet to be invented.

A mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, theologian, and author, he considered himself a natural philosopher, and was fiercely private.


In Under The Apple Tree, Rust & Stardust invite you through the prism and see Newton's life in colour, including his early years, his rivalry with Robert Hooke, battles with the Royal Society, and his loving - if strained - relationship with Diamond, his rascally dog.

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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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