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The Keeper

Touring May & June 2011

The Keeper is a compelling new show which recaptures a series of dramatic events on a remote lighthouse island many years ago. These events have a profound effect on two sisters, daughters of the Second Lightkeeper.

Based on actual accounts of lighthouse life in the early 20th Century, The Keeper gives a mesmerising glimpse of a time and a life-style now gone. Dramatic, and at times gothic, this story is told with engaging, gentle charm and a wry humour as light is cast on a child’s secret. A tale of love, loss, and survival unravels.

The narrative is spun using a number of performance methods including song, storytelling, documentary comment, and table-top theatre using objects as puppets.

Chrissie Shaw is a seasoned performer and writer, who has collaborated with writer and director Penelope Bartlau to create The Keeper. Both are award-winning artists. Chrissie has won Green Room and Critics’ Circle Awards and Penelope won the R.E Ross Playwrights Award in 2007. These highly skilled artists combine to bring a gripping new show to Australian audiences.

Cape Otway Lightstation is touring The Keeper and Flotsam & Jetsam as part of its ongoing commitment to education and raising awareness about Australia’s rich maritime heritage.


Cape Otway Lightstation is making a single performance of Flotsam & Jetsam available to schools for $4 per student with a minimum fee of $400. Cape Otway Lightstation will invoice schools prior to price is a Q&A session after each performance.

Professional Presenters

If you would like more information about Flotsam & Jetsam or The Keeper, please contact Janice Haynes on or 0407 348 478. Up to three performances of The Keeper can be performed in one day.

Marketing Materials

Cape Otway Lightstation can provide you with a press release, ready-made artwork for posters, and photography. Actor Chrissie Shaw is available for interviews. To arrange interviews call Lightstation manager Paul Thompson on 03 5237 9240. You can download an information pack about Flotsam & Jetsam. (691KB PDF)