Silent family comedy blends slapstick, music and dance

Three Keepers at Barnsley Civic
Three Keepers at Barnsley Civic
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Three Keepers, The Civic Barnsley

Acclaimed Derbyshire based physical theatre company Winter Walker are back with the second tour of their popular family show, Three Keepers.

Three Keepers undertook its first major tour last year and has returned following significant demand, and thanks to grant support from Arts Council England.

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 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?

Director Kitty Winter said: “We’re delighted that there has been such demand for Three Keepers and that we are returning. We have been overwhelmed by our previous audiences’ reactions to the show, so it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to share the story with more families across the country.”

Composer Wayne Walker-Allen added: “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 on at 2.30pm tomorrow, Tuesday March 29.

Tickets cost £7 for adults, £6 concessions and £5 for children. Call 01226 327 000 or visit