Dakota of the White Flats

Winner of the 2022 PAYPA Award for Most Original Production.

Nominated for 7 Wellington Theatre Awards 2023

Director of the Year – Ella Becroft
Excellence Award for Ensemble
Set Designer of the Year – John Verryt
Lighting Designer of the Year – Rachel Marlow
Sound Designer of the Year – Eden Mulholland
Costume Designer of the Year – Ana van Shie de Pont
Performer of the Year – Batanai Mashingaidze

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.

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


Ella Becroft

Batanai Mashingaidze
Ariāna Osborne
Amelia Reynolds
Lutz Hamm
Shadon Meredith
Logan Cole

Devising Cast
Hannah Lynch
Patrick Carroll

Sound Design
Eden Mulholland

Set Design
John Verryt

Lighting Design
Rachel Marlow

Costume Design
Ana van Schie de Pont

Puppet Design
Jon Coddington

Choreographic Advisor
Sarah Foster-Sproull

Tom Eason

Performance History

February 2021 - February 2021

Kirikiriroa Hamilton
Meteor Theatre
February 2021 - February 2021

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Q Theatre
August 2021 - August 2021

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
Q Theatre
April 2023 - May 2023

Kirikiriroa Hamilton
The Meteor
May 2023 - May 2023

May 2023 - May 2023

Turner Centre
May 2023 - May 2023

Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington
Te Auaha
May 2023 - June 2023