First aired back in 1962, Steptoe and Son followed the lives of a father and son rag and bone man team living and working in West London. Played by Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H. Corbett, the titular characters of Steptoe and Son are desperately poor and always at odds with one another, although there is an undercurrent of begrudging affection that runs through the series.
The production, closely adapted from the original scripts penned by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, remains faithful to the TV series, while also recognising the social importance of Galton and Simpon's creation to modern audiences.
Kneehigh was founded by Mike Shepherd – who remains the company's artistic director – back in 1980. Fuelled by "a spirit of cheerful anarchy", Kneehigh gathered pace and now brings travelling theatre productions to all corners of the world, with shows in places as far flung as New York, San Francisco and Australia pencilled in for 2013.
Now, working alongside the West Yorkshire Playhouse – itself in operation since 1990 and no stranger to travelling theatre – Kneehigh will be bringing its Steptoe and Son production to the Lighthouse in Poole between the 5th and 9th of March.