Back from the ShakesBeer Festival!

From 18-21 July, we performed our new adaptation of The Tempest at the Redgrave Shakesbeer Festival.

Created from recycled materials and using traditional, environmentally-friendly techniques, our puppet versions of Prospero, Miranda, Caliban and others delighted audiences at the four day extravaganza, which was sponsored by Star Wing Brewery.

Now in its second year, the Redgrave Shakesbeer Festival welcomed families from across Suffolk for a series of events and performances which included basket weaving workshops, a production of Twelfth Night in an outdoor amphitheatre, and Rust & Stardust’s latest conception.

Rust & Stardust were commissioned by Star Wing Brewery to produce seven 30 minute performances of William Shakespeare’s iconic play across four days, and to provide two educational workshops to enrich and inspire local primary school children.

Katie with Ariel and Eleanor with Prospero

Caliban and Trinculo perform to a packed crowd

The arrival of the harpy

We were thrilled that Star Wing invited us to Suffolk, which is really close to our hearts. Audience reactions were wonderful, and it was great for us to be presenting Shakespeare to families in such an innovative way.

It seems like only yesterday that we were in Orford performing our educational production of Black Shuck in partnership with Orford Primary School and Thomas Marshall Education Trust. We love to entertain and educate at the same time, and feel very lucky to have been made so welcome, and to be able to perform all over the country and work with such a diverse range of organisations and charities.

Our recent productions include the 5-week intergenerational project Sea of Stories with Age UK and St Barnabas School in Tunbridge Wells, which ran throughout June and July, and our ongoing touring production of Tweethearts, a light-hearted musical comedy which can be seen at local festivals and fetes in Sussex, Surrey and Kent until October.