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A joyous reminder about just how playful the world can be by award-winning children’s author Laura Dockrill, with music by Hugo White of The Maccabees

Put your sofa in the front row with a digital production of Dust, live-recorded at Half Moon Theatre and professionally filmed and edited. Join us for an online performance that puts the best seats in the house into your own home.

When Little Titch and her scruffy rucksack arrive at the giant, pink house it is not what she expected – a blanket of thick grey dust covers everything in sight and it is wild and overgrown. Her new home is cold and unwelcoming until she meets Nelly, a flamboyant and loveable hoarder. Together the pair discover they have more in common than they first thought and that friendship can heal hidden wounds.

Written by acclaimed award-winning children’s author Laura Dockrill (Darcy Burdock book series and Big Bones), Dust uses exciting puppetry and exquisite poetic language to explore a heartfelt story about love, loss, identity and memory. With haunting music by Hugo White of The Maccabees, this striking and emotional new play is a joyous reminder about just how playful the world can be.

Dust is a Half Moon and Z-Arts co-production: an exciting collaboration by the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company and Manchester’s unique and award-winning venue for children and families.

This live-recorded play has closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences and is also available with British Sign Language.

Read our interview with Laura Dockrill Read our interview with Hugo White


“An utterly enjoyable production… This production has an inherent beauty and magic… A captivating, imaginative production that uses tiny particles to make big things possible.”

★★★★ Everything Theatre

“One of the most magnificent sets I have ever seen… An ancient tale reimagined with new actors and a show-stopping set. Authenticity is a fundamental teaching in this piece, and the children watching will learn this from the two performers who offer boundless radiance with their smiles and movements.”

★★★ A Younger Theatre

“The set is absolutely gorgeous and I would love to have it in my room. Dust has been my favourite show that I have watched so far. I loved this show the puppets and everything. I would rate this a 10/10. Would definitely advise you to watch it.”

Lotte, age 9

“I watched this today with my 6 year old – she was captivated from start to finish (as was I!) What a gorgeous piece of theatre – the set is amazing and the music was so beautifully incorporated – both actors were excellent. Thank you so much!!!”

Naomi Phillips, via Facebook

“It was truly beautiful and moving. The kids and I loved it!”

Malthi, audience member

“This was utterly delightful. Highly recommended.”

Sophia, via Twitter

“We were transported!! Magical, warm and inventive.”

Leila, via Twitter

“Fab online show all about belonging.”

★★★★★Teeny Tiny Theatre

“My students watched Dust this morning and I wanted to let you know that it received a standing ovation from the students in school!!! Online students have been saying how interesting and moving it was to watch.”

Drama and Ethics Teacher

Digital Tour

The digital tour of this production takes place from 6 February 2021. This replaces the March/April 2020 venue tour which was cancelled. All digital presentations have BSL and closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Half Moon Theatre, London E1
6–26 February &
13–26 March 2021

The Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent
13 February 2021

Z-Arts, Manchester
13 – 20 February

Luton Feb Fest
Library Theatre in partnership with Full House Theatre
13 – 21 February 2021

Watermans, London
13 – 21 February 2021

artsdepot, London N12
15 February 2021

Pegasus Theatre, Oxford
15 February 2021 

Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre
part of Big Imaginations Festival
15 February 2021 

Stamford Arts Centre
17 February 2021

Cambridge Junction
18 February 2021

Theatre Deli, Sheffield
part of Big Imaginations Festival
18 February 2021

Burnley Youth Theatre, Lancashire
part of the Big Imaginations Festival
6 April 2021

Southbank Centre, London
10 April 2021

The Old Courts, Wigan
17 April 2021

Artwork & Design

Educational Resources

Alongside this production of Dust we also have three online creative learning workshops for audiences to take part in at home, exploring the themes of the show. All the videos have closed captioning for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

The videos are available to view and embed at the links below.

Storytelling – https://vimeo.com/479968846/4e6fc1d21e
Creating a Home https://vimeo.com/479931647/3105615f1f 
Building Character – https://vimeo.com/479892081/dc7cc3eb82 

Dust Team


Nelly | Katherine Vernez-Gray
Titch | Faye Weerasinghe


AUTHOR | Laura Dockrill
COMPOSER | Hugo White
DIRECTOR | Chris Elwell


The young people across London who were consulted on the development of this project and the staff at Half Moon and Z-arts.