Three Keepers family show at Déda

Acclaimed Derbyshire-based physical theatre company WinterWalker returns this spring with the second tour of their popular family show, Three Keepers.

Set around Flounder Rock Lighthouse, Three Keepers is a silent comedy for the whole family which blends physical theatre, original music, inventive dance and slapstick comedy to tell the tale of Old Tom, Dick and Young ’Arry.

It’s Young ’Arry’s first day – he’s dreamt of a life of adventure, so long as he can bring his teddy. Wise Old Tom and uptight Dick are there to teach ’Arry the ropes, but he’s pretty hopeless. When the storm of the century threatens Flounder Rock, will the lamp shine true? Will disaster strike? Will they run out of biscuits?

WinterWalker, led by director and choreographer Kitty Winter and composer  Wayne Walker-Allen, are based in Belper and are renowned for telling stories using movement, dance and music with a sprinkling of text, clowning and puppetry. Their ethos is that good theatre works for everybody – young and old.

Kitty said: “We’re delighted that there has been such demand for Three Keepers and that we are returning with a second tour. We have been overwhelmed by our previous audiences’ reactions to the show.”

Wayne added: “We have always felt that there isn’t enough good theatre out there for the whole family. It was a really important part of the devising process that we created a show that could be equally enjoyed by children, parents and grandparents. Three Keepers is a silly, nostalgic and fun coming of age story that charms adults and children alike, but, saying that, you don’t have to be a child, or even bring a child, to enjoy the show!”

The production and tour have been made possible with support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery-funded Grants for the Arts programme.

Peter Knott, of Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to be investing in the national tour of Three Keepers following its success in 2015.”

For more information about WinterWalker visit http://www.winterwalker.org.uk 

You can see the show at  Déda, Derby on April 23 at 2.30pm.

Go to http://www.deda.uk.com for more details about the performances.