Rusthall Arts Festival 2019

July 24th-28th


We delighted to be collaborating with Claque Theatre to produce a community play for Rusthall to be performed around Toad Rock July 24th to 28th 2019. ‘Legends of the Rocks’ will be a highly visual piece of theatre about the Rusthall Rocks. The script has been totally devised through composition workshop.  We have created new stories, based on myths, folk tales and rituals based both on real history and characters we find in the rocks. From  February 2019  there have been a variety of activities all designed to get the community involved in creating the play; these have included tours of the rocks, photographic search for faces and creatures; and mask making and theatre improvisation workshops.


 Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th July 7.30pm
Saturday 27th July 2pm and 7.30pm and Sunday  28th July 7.30pm.
This fully devised community play by local people celebrating the remarkable community that is Rusthall and Claque’s 40th anniversary and 50th community play. The play, performed by a cast of 50 on and around Toad Rock tells the story of four reluctant local heroes who unexpectedly find themselves in a parallel world under the giant Toad. Here they have to endure the evil forces of King Swelter before meeting the Stone People, an ancient civilisation older than the earth itself.  Led by 11-year-old Matilda our heroes take on a task to expel the malevolent King from his underworld kingdom, save the Stone People from losing their valued memories. It a journey of discovery that shows them they have an even more pressing quest to undertake when they return home. The story is told with song, movement, puppets, and masks. You can expect the unexpected.

This is an outdoor production of a little over an 1 hour. If you don't wish to stand bring a folding chair or rugs to sit on. There is wheel chair access but be prepared for uneven grass surface. There is no rain off contingency other than attending another performance. 
Tickets voluntary donations pay what you can we recommend £5 - £8
Box Office outlets at Venture, Rusthall High Street and The Play Design Studio Unit, Upper Floor, Royal Victoria Place (beside Costa Coffee)
and on line (incl administration fee £1.10p)