A Half Moon and Z-Arts co-production for ages 4-9

A joyous reminder about just how playful the world can be

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, Big Bones) Dust uses 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.



We have a promotional image available to promote the show. Further images will be released later in 2019. Please download the promo image by using the following link:


Performance Information

Performances last 50 mins (no interval).

Reviews of previous Half Moon productions for this age range:

“Half Moon are creating important issue-based work for young people.”
Children’s Theatre Reviews on Butterflies (2018), a Half Moon and Tangled Feet co-production

“Our children absolutely loved the show (as did we) and they haven’t stopped talking about it since. Most of the children had never seen any type of show before, let alone such an immersive and exciting one. We would rate it 5 out of 5 stars.”
Teacher Oasis Academy, Manchester on INUK (2017), a Z-Arts and MIF co-production

“Exploding with energy… exemplary family entertainment.”
★★★★ The Stage on I Got Superpowers For My Birthday (2017), a Half Moon and Paines Plough co-production

 Touring Details

Available for booking for a limited period between 18 March and 19 April, 2020

Technical Requirements (venues)

  • Get-in: 3 hours minimum before half with pre-rig completed prior to get in.
  • Get-out: 1.5 hours
  • Venue Configuration: End on. Performing area minimum 6.5m meters (wide) by 5.5m (depth) with 3.5m (height)
  • Setting: Black box theatre presentation. No wing space required.
  • Lighting: A lighting plan will be supplied. We will require the use of the venues Lighting Desk.
  • Sound: We tour a Mac with QLAB but will need to plug this into the venues P.A. system.
  • Technical staff: 1 technician to assist with get-in, focusing and the get out. If Lighting and Sound cannot be operated together then the venue technician will be required to operate lighting allowing communication between them and our Stage Manager. We tour with a Stage Manager.
  • Parking: For a sprinter size van.
  • Facilities: Dressing rooms for two male / one female performer.

We Provide

  • Dedicated support from the marketing/PR and technical team at Half Moon.
  • Up to 500 A5 colour flyers and 15 A3 colour posters. (NB: overprinting will be at an additional cost, please enquire).
  • Images, production photos and other digital assets for venue or broader publicity usage.


1 or 2 shows per day.

London – £750 + VAT

All other locations – £900 + VAT

Please enquire for prices for multiple days.

Note for venues at very long distances from London, an additional supplement of £100 per day may apply. Note venues that require a get-in the day before may be subject to a fee supplement. Please enquire.

Please note that these fees are subject to a small additional supplement if your venue makes a compulsory contra to us for your costs at the contracting stage (e.g. credit card/box office; get-in/out; marketing/brochure contributions).

Creative Learning Opportunities

At additional cost, Dust can be supported by bespoke workshops for schools, families and community groups. Laura Dockrill is available to make visits and appearances. Please enquire.

For more details on this, please contact:   
Chris Elwell on 0207 709 8902 /