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. 


In 2021 we continued to tour our popular family show Tweethearts, supported by Applause Rural Touring.Tweethearts has continued to tour a variety of outdoor events through 2021, supported by Applause Rural Touring. We were thrilled to unleash a brand new collaborative education project, The Marsh Demons of Iken, in Suffolk in July. 


We have received funding to develop a new show for touring in 2022, The Cackle Street Cats, and have a number of exciting collaborative education projects lined up too.

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