Next show: Bazaar Brighton

About Rust & Stardust

Rust & Stardust is a Sussex-based puppet theatre company. We're passionate about stories and storytelling, folklore and mythology, unconventional performance spaces and all things handmade. Our first production, The Wild Man of Orford, was shortlisted for the 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland. 

Our first book and second books are now available to buy! We're delighted to present the story versions of our children's shows The Tale of Miss Fox and The Tale of Piggy Pirate, written by Eleanor and illustrated by Katie with a combination of the handmade puppets and sets from the show and watercolour art.  Find out more and buy now.

We are back at Brighton Science Festival in 2018 with a third science show, The Poetical Scientist, about the life and work of Ada Lovelace. Find out more and buy tickets now!

We've had a wonderful year with our Arts Council England funded tour with recorder quartet PalisanderDr Dee's Daughter and the Philosopher's Stone. Our last performance of the show for 2017 was at Wiltshire Music Centre. Keep an eye out for updates about the show's further adventures!

We are currently part of a group exhibition at the Hove Gallery & Museum with other Sussex puppeteers and artists - The Art of Puppetry: Making Magic In The Museum, which runs until November.

We've started a new section to give a closer look at some of the puppets we've made. If you'd like to commission us to make you a puppet for a show or project, or simply for display, contact us using the form.

We are also delighted to offer our Puppet Parties - the perfect handmade fun for your child's birthday or special day! For more information and booking enquiries click here.  

Upcoming Dates


26 May - end November

25 November


3 February

18 February

The Art of Puppetry: Making Magic in the Museum (Hove Museum and Art Gallery)

Bazaar Brighton Modern Makers Market (Unitarian Church)

The Green Children of Woolpit (St Michael's Church, Berwick)

The Poetical Scientist (Komedia, Brighton)

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