Full Circle present ‘The Keepers’ at ARC, Stockton


Price: Pay What You Decide, booking in advance recommended



Ever wondered where all the messages in bottles end up? Or where all the released balloons with messages of love land?

Ever made a promise it was almost impossible to keep, where every possible obstacle that could appear, did appear?

The learning disabled actors from Full Circle have been working in collaboration with professional theatre director Vici Wreford-Sinnott on their latest production. The new piece explores what it’s like to have no voice and few choices, cleverly looking into the places we are given in society.

The actors were inspired by a book called No Going Back, where a group of learning disabled storytellers looked into the experiences of disabled people and wanted to tell the stories to make sure they weren’t forgotten. This really struck a chord with Full Circle actors and devisers, who are just the same, having spent nine years developing their own unique style of theatre and being committed to ensuring that learning disabled people are visible in both our communities and also in wider society.

The Keepers is set on a remote island and follows the stories of a group of people who have been sent to live there against their wishes. In spite of attempts to remove their dignity, the group forge a role for themselves, and become the keepers of hidden promises, of invisible truths, and of stories untold, and the piece speaks to the responsibility we all have to reveal unfairness and inequality in our local communities.

As ever, the piece is true to Full Circle’s signature style and is visually striking with a fantastic soundtrack.

Pay What You Decide, booking in advance recommended

An ARC Cultural Shift Production in association with Little Cog. Directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott.

Cultural Shift is an extraordinary three year programme of artistic activity, led by disabled people at ARC Stockton, ensuring that the extraordinary voices of disabled people are heard and that the incredibly diverse art created by disabled people is valued as equal in our cultural landscape. We are challenging perceptions, creating new opportunities and introducing new people to the work of disabled artists.

Wheelchair accessible, BSL Interpreted,


ARC Stockton, Dovecot Street, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1LL

Book Tickets