The Marsh Demons of Iken
  • St Bartholomew's Church
    Church Street
    IP12 2NZ
  • Friday 9th July 1:00pm until 7:00pm
It is said that Iken is the land of Icanho that St Botolph was granted by King Ethelmund to build his minster in the 7th century. There were marsh demons in these parts during those times and one can still feel the eeriness of the area with the mysterious Yarn Hill where Botolph reputedly drove away the ghosts and marsh demons in order to build his minster.

The minster was eventually completed on the site of the historic church at Iken which still bears his name and you can see St Botolph's stone cross which is on display within the church.

Many people will remember the performances of Rust and Stardust in Orford Church over the past few years. The members of this talented young puppet company have presented their interpretation of many local Suffolk folk tales including The Wild Man of Orford, The Green Children of Woolpit and Black Shuck. This last one was a collaboration with the children of Orford school producing their own puppets as part of the national Arts Award Scheme and running wild as Shuck’s pack through Orford Church to the delight of the audience in 2018.

Rust and Stardust have been successful in securing an Arts Council grant to fund another collaboration with Orford School and Bawdsey School this year.

The theme of this year’s project will be The Marsh Demons of Iken covering the curious goings on with St Botolph and Iken Church. Anyone who witnessed the enthusiastic children performing Black Shuck won’t want to miss this event. Anyone who missed Black Shuck doesn’t know what they missed and should make sure they don’t miss The Marsh Demons of Iken.

There will be 2 performances one at 13.00 and one at 18.00. Each performance will be approximately 1 hour.

All proceeds to Thomas Marshall Education Fund.

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