About the company

Rust & Stardust is a Sussex-based puppet theatre company, established by Katie Sommers and Eleanor Conlon in 2015.

We are passionate about stories, folklore and mythology, and are inspired by the natural world, unconventional performance spaces and all things homegrown and handmade.


We create all our puppets, costumes, sets and props ourselves and produce our own original scripts. 


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. 


We are set to be extremely busy in 2019 with a dizzying array of projects, including our touring production of new our family-friendly show Tweethearts, performances of Seeing Stars at Lancashire Science Festival, and a new puppet production of The Tempest in partnership with Starwing Brewery.


This follows an extremely successful 2018, during which we produced our Frankenstein-inspired horror play We Shall Be Monsters, our community play Black Shuck, and our Christmas show, The Regency Town Mouse.

In 2018 Scarlett Hayler-King of Watch That King Productions featured Rust & Stardust's work in a documentary.