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Dakota of the White Flats

RETURNING TO AUCKLAND FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

Te Pou Theatre, Tāmaki Makaurau
7 June 2024, 7pm

Dakota of the White Flats is an adaptation of the novel by award-winning author Philip Ridley. A high-action pulpy punk noir that snatches the classic coming-of-age adventure story out of the hands of a gang of boys, and passes it to two loud, unapologetic, brave young women.

Dakota Pink is 13-years-old and afraid of nothing. She lives in a bleak housing complex on the edge of a polluted canal. Abandoned supermarket trolleys litter the streets and the oil slick water is filled with monstrous mutant eels. Dakota and her best friend Treacle discover a secret that propels them across the water to the Broken Glass Fortress on Dog Island.

Delivered in electronica inflected neon and grime, Dakota of the White Flats is a finely crafted narrative shot through with comedy, horror, immersive soundscape and live music. Directed by Ella Becroft, with set design by John Verryt, lighting by Rachel Marlow and composition by Eden Mulholland, this fast-paced and electrifying show celebrates the resilience, bravery and hope of young people in a changing world.

Powered by a pulpy 90s tone infused with the high-octane energy only a child could muster, all cylinders are firing here to create a delightful epic audiences won't forget quickly. Ethan Sills, The New Zealand Herald

Red Leap has delivered entertaining, imaginative theatre that pays homage to gutsy girls, friendship and hope. Buckle up for the ride. Mary de Ruyter, Theatrescenes

Awards & Nominations

2022 PAYPA Awards
Most Original Production
2023 Wellington Theatre Awards
  • Nominated - Director of the Year, Ella Becroft
  • Nominated - Excellence Award for Ensemble
  • Nominated - Lighting Designer of the Year, Rachel Marlow
  • Nominated - Set Designer of the Year, John Verryt
  • Nominated - Sound Designer of the Year, Eden Mulholland
  • Nominated - Costume Designer of the Year, Ana van Shie de Pont
  • Nominated - Performer of the Year, Batanai Mashingaidze

Once in a while, a show like this comes along and drives home how important live theatre and the arts are for young minds. Kate Morris, Eyes on Wellington

An hour of fizzing, popping, sparkling theatre. A gourmet of the galloping variety. Every moment crammed full of creative inventiveness. Jan Fisher, Theatreview

Cast

Batanai Mashingaidze
Dakota Pink
Ariāna Osborne
Treacle Duck
Lutz Hamm
Henry Twig
Amelia Rose Reynolds
Lucy Pink / Medusa
Logan Cole
Lassitter Peach
Batanai Mashingaidze
Dakota Pink
Ariāna Osborne
Treacle Duck
Lutz Hamm
Henry Twig
Amelia Rose Reynolds
Lucy Pink / Medusa
Logan Cole
Lassitter Peach

Creative Team

Director
Ella Becroft
Lighting Design
Rachel Marlow
Set Design
John Verryt
Sound Design/Composition
Eden Mulholland
Costume Design
Ana van Shie de Pont
Puppet Design
Jon Coddington
Choreographic Advisor
Sarah Foster-Sproull
Dramaturg
Tom Eason
Original Devising Cast
  • Hannah Lynch
  • Patrick Carroll

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

  • Whangārei ONEONESIX February 2021
  • Kirikiriroa Hamilton Meteor Theatre February 2021
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Q Theatre August 2021
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Q Theatre April 2023
  • Kirikiriroa Hamilton The Meteor May 2023
  • Whangārei ONEONESIX May 2023
  • Kerikeri Turner Centre May 2023
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Te Auaha May 2023 - June 2023