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 is designed as an interactive performance experience for young people. Students participate in every stage of the project and feature as the show's chorus alongside Rust & Stardust.
Participants learn how to make their own puppets to use in the show, rehearse puppetry, acting, songs, dance and movement, and finally take part in public performances.
The partnership allows young people 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.
The Black Shuck project supports the Bronze Arts Award qualification, a Level 1 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), open to young people aged 11-25. Participation fulfils the following criteria:
- experience and take part in arts activities
- explore, create and present
- share and review