Rust & Stardust is a Sussex-based puppet theatre company. 

We are passionate about stories and storytelling, folklore and mythology, unconventional performance spaces and all things handmade. 

Established by Katie Sommers and Eleanor Conlon in 2015, we create all of our puppets, costumes, sets and props ourselves, and produce our own original scripts for touring, festivals, schools and events. 

We pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainability in theatre and taking responsibility for our environmental impact. We aim to use recycled and re-purposed materials in the creation of our puppets, animations, sets and costumes, and to promote greener theatre in our workshops and education projects.   

Rust & Stardust is proud to be an Arts Award Supporter. Find out more about our education work and Arts Award offers here

Please contact us for touring information and costs, and we are open for puppet commissions for theatre, film and individuals, so please do get in touch

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Touring Shows

We are looking forward to some exciting work in 2019 and are delighted to have been funded by Applause Rural Touring to create Tweethearts, a brand new show for families, which will tour Kent and Sussex this summer. 

Puppet Parties

Our Puppet Parties are the perfect handmade fun for your child's birthday or special day! For more information and booking enquiries click here. We have just added two brand new tales - check them out now!

Education Projects

Rust & Stardust offers a variety of education projects and work for schools and young people. We are proud to be an Arts Award Supporter and have opportunities for individuals and groups working towards Arts Award qualifications. 

This gallery shows just a small sample of images from our magical productions...

Next show: Tweethearts

Upcoming Performances


11 June - 9 July

15 June

22 June

27-29 June

11-14 July

27 July

14-15 September

28 September

13 October

Inter-generational project with Age UK / St Barnabas School / Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival

Tweethearts (High Hurstwood)

Tweethearts (Speldhurst)

Seeing Stars (Lancashire Science Festival)

The Tempest (ShakesBeer Festival, Starwing Brewery, Redgrave)

Tweethearts (Tunstall)

Hops 'n' Hogs (Starwing Brewery)

Tweethearts (Pulborough)

Tweethearts (Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival)

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