Dust Pilgrim


Panuelo is trapped in a life built on dust and shifting sands, held tight in the fist of her tyrannical mother. After stumbling across the restless bones of a long buried secret, Panuelo makes a daring bid for freedom and runs out into the vast desert.

Along the way she discovers vivid new landscapes full of tricksters and angels, boundaries and borders. But things are never as they seem. How can Panuelo stop running and feel free in her new world?

Dust Pilgrim is an intimate coming of age tale of a young woman’s fight for freedom in a world where dreams and premonitions are as real as the wind.

"First-class theatrical magic." Nathan Joe, The Lumiere Reader

"Make no mistake, Red Leap Theatre are at the vanguard of physical theatre in New Zealand. Using a combination of movement, puppetry, props, and sound, they create worlds so atmospheric that you can almost taste them." Alex Bonham, What's Good Blog

"There is a timeless, universal and very human syndrome at the heart of Red Leap Theatre's remarkable ‘magic realism' production." John Smythe, Theatreview

"I am in a euphoric trance of beauty, light and theatrical magic. I love Red Leap, their work is inspirational, odd, moving, challenging and full of inventive curiosity. I could watch this for hours." Holly Shanahan,Theatreview


Ella Becroft
Alison Bruce
Thomas Eason
Ella Becroft
Alison Bruce
Thomas Eason

Creative Team

Devised by
The Company
Kate Parker
Julie Nolan
Set Design
Poppy Serano
Set Mentor
Andrew Foster
Costume Design
Charlie Baptist
Lighting Design
Rachel Marlow
Sound Composition and Design
Thomas Press
Image Design / Creation
Rachel Hilliar & Kate Parker
Dramaturgical Advisor
Paolo Rotondo
Yoga and Meditiation
Swami Yogamani
Touring Cast
  • Amanda Billing
  • Tama Jarman
  • Ariāna Osborne

"To watch Dust Pilgrim is to experience the first-class theatrical magic the company have hiding up their sleeves." Nathan Joe, The Lumiere Reader


  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Q Loft June 2015
  • Kirikiriroa Hamilton Playhouse Theatre June 2016
  • Ngāmotu New Plymouth TSB Show Place July 2016
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington Te Whaea July 2016
  • Waihōpai Invercargill SIT Centrestage May 2018
  • Ōtepoti Dunedin Fortune Theatre May 2018
  • Whakatū Nelson Theatre Royal May 2018