Private: Dust

Show Details

Dates: STREAMING Sat 13 - Fri 26 Mar (not Sun)
Times: From 11am (14 days access)
Running Time: 56 mins
Age Range: 4-9


Half Moon and Z-Arts present a live-recorded performance of


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


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 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.



TRAILER: Dust from Half Moon Theatre on Vimeo.


“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



  • Booking for each performance closes one hour before the start time.
  • Screening ticket holders will receive an email approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled viewing time with a link and password to watch the show, which will be streamed online via Vimeo.
  • Ticket holders will also be sent three accompanying online workshop activities, which can also be viewed online via Vimeo.
  • Once you have the show links you can watch the show whenever you want. The production will not automatically start at 11am. Once you have the link, you can watch the show at a time that is convenient to you (within 14 days).
  • The production will be available to access for 14 days after the performance time and you can watch the show as many times as you like.
  • Closed captions are available to watch for this production. The captions will not appear on the plays or trailers automatically. You will need to turn them on each time you watch anything. To turn on captions when viewing a video, click the CC button in the player’s bottom toolbar. In the menu that appears, select the caption or subtitle track you’d like to see. 
  • We will be streaming the show via Vimeo. You can access the production via your laptop, PC, smartphone or tablet with a stable internet connection. To connect to your television you will need either Apple TV, chrome cast, or a compatible smart TV app. Find out more about watching on the Vimeo Smart TV App.
  • Dust is also available with British Sign Language.
  • Having problems? Contact us or call 020 7709 8900 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 




For a Schools’ Virtual Performance Package of this show email: Beccy Allen, Head of Creative Learning, or call 020 7709 8900.


This digital season of work has been made possible by funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by City Bridge Trust through the London Community Response Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.