The Marsh Demons of Iken

Uncanny mists and strange noises drift across the marshlands of lonely Iken, an isolated Anglo-Saxon village where people live in fear and whisper of the monstrous Marsh Demons – creatures who covet gold and snatch travellers as they pass. 


Only a newcomer, Botolph the Wanderer, has the courage to right wrongs and drive out the frightful fiends…


Rust & Stardust’s new schools’ project is an epic tale of magic, faith and furious battles that takes place against the backdrop of Dark Age England, at the height of the clash between Paganism and Christianity.


The Marsh Demons of Iken is an interactive performance experience for young people. Students participate in every stage of the project and feature as the show's ensemble alongside Rust & Stardust. 


Participants learn how to make their own puppets for use in the show, and will rehearse puppetry, acting, singing, and dancing, all before taking part in the 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 Marsh Demons of Iken 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


Rust & Stardust were delighted to have been awarded Arts Council Funding to support the development of the show, and are also grateful for the support of previous partners The Thomas Marshall Education Fund, with whom we also partnered on Black Shuck (2018), The Green Children of Woolpit (2017), and The Wild Man of Orford (2016.)


To discuss running The Marsh Demons of Iken with project with your school, youth theatre or Arts Award group, contact us now.