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 people. Rust & Stardust’s epic theatre
adaptation of the folk legend is a frightening, poetical exploration of the
black dog within us all.
Black Shuck was created in collaboration with the Thomas Marshall Education Fund, following our previous puppet theatre re-tellings of The Wild Man of Orford and The Green Children of Woolpit.
In the original production, the Arts Award students of Orford CEVA Primary School, a small rural school in the heart of beautiful historic Orford, featured as the show’s chorus, alongside Rust & Stardust.
The students participated in every stage of the project, from making their own puppets to be used in the show, to rehearsing puppetry, acting, songs, dance and movement, and finally participating in public performances.
The partnership allowed the students to work with professional actors and puppeteers, to take part in a cross-curricular performance-based project and to develop skills in literacy, communication, art and crafts and independent learning.