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 2020 we continued to tour our popular family show Tweethearts, and updated our fabulous Puppet Parties to include new seasonal adventures and delightful characters. During the UK lockdown and theatre closures, we brought the magical world of Rust & Stardust online, sharing puppet making and craft tutorials, meet the puppets videos and more on our YouTube Channel. We also collaborated with award-winning musicians to create a free online mini-series, Endo the Earthworm.


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. 

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