This Island's Mine

Come aboard a canal boat to hear our story, and stay to tell us yours.

“Entertaining and thought-provoking… I was surprised by how the play made me feel, thinking about that sense of ‘belonging somewhere’” (Audience Feedback)
See below for performance times and locations from Leeds to Skipton.
Saturday 11/09/2021 includes a wheelchair accessible performance at Leeds Industrial Museum Armley Mills at 11:30.
More details can be found below.
Part play and part friendly chat around the kitchen table, This Island’s Mine is a story for people living in the towns, cities and villages of Yorkshire’s Aire valley. It’s about memories of growing up here, of leaving and returning, and it’s about how the Airedale shapes us – as river, canal, and railway weave around each other all the way to Skipton.
Barbara and Danny grew up in Dockfield, in Shipley – on a little strip of land sandwiched between the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. With simple props and jokes at each other’s expense, they tell us the story of their “island” home, with its heavy industry and happy memories. But as they reminisce, they find more to what unfolds than nostalgia. Their tale maps out a possible future.

This Islands Mine will tour up the valley for three weeks in September 2021, from Leeds to Bradford to Skipton. This charming canal boat tour forms part of the Aire Rivers Trust’s Developing the Natural Aire (DNAire) project, and is presented in collaboration with Canal Connections CIC and Multi-Story Water.

Performance Times and Locations on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Thursday 09/09/2021 – Fred’s Place (Crown Point) - 6 & 8pm

Saturday 11/09/2021 – Leeds Industrial Museum - 2 & 4pm

Sunday 12/09/2021 – Kirkstall Forge - 2 & 4pm

Monday 13/09/2021 – Rodley - 6 & 8pm

Friday 17/09/2021 – Dockfield, Shipley - 6 & 8pm

Saturday 18/09/2021 – Salts Mill, Saltaire – 12pm & 2 & 4pm

Sunday 19/09/2021 – Dowley Gap near Bingley/Ferncliffe - 2 & 4pm

Monday 20/09/2021 – Riddlesdon - 6 & 8pm

Friday 24/09/2021 – Silsden - Times: 6 & 8pm

Saturday 25/09/2021 – Skipton – 12pm & 2 & 4pm

Sunday 26/09/2021 – Skipton - 2 & 4pm

Each performance is just £3 per person

Actors with a canal boat in the background
We look forward to welcoming you aboard a traditional working canal boat
A colloboration between grass roots organisations working to improve our rivers and waterways
Actors with the River Aire in the background
celebrating the return of atlantic salmon to the River Aire
Funded by the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, Craven Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund


The Ribble is a traditional working boat and as has no wheelchair access. Audience members step onto the boat and walk down a short set of steps.  There is a performance accessible to wheelchair users, and others who may struggle to access the boat, at 11.30am on 11/09/2021 inside Leeds Industrial Museum

 There are no toilets on the boat. Some locations have public toilets nearby, please plan your trip appropriately. The show is not inappropriate for younger audiences, although it is geared towards older young people & adults.

Covid-19 Precautions

The show is for small audiences of approx. 12 people. Audiences sit on separate chairs around a table together. The boat has a soft top which will be open at both ends to allow airflow - weather permitting. Objects & surfaces will be cleaned between performances. Our team members will be double vaccinated, and we ask that audience members are as up to date with Covid vaccinations as is possible for them. Please only come if you are feeling well and free from symptoms that may be Covid 19. Full refunds available to those who choose not to come due to covid concern are available upon request.

How to Find Us on the Day

See our meeting locations with a photograph of each meeting point on theAUDIENCE MAP
Directions and postcodes can be found at the bottom of the page

Cast and Production Team

Performed by Claire-Marie Seddon& Steve Scott-Bottoms
Written by Steve Scott-Bottoms (Multi-Story Water)
Dramaturgy and Direction - Simon BrewisOriginally devised with – Kat Rose-Martin

Canal boat and collaboration – Canal Connections CIC

Tour Manager – Simon BrewisDesign by – Ellie HarrisonFilm by – Jon DorsettPR – Faye DawsonPhotography – Barnaby AldrickAdditional Artwork – Babb_Sabbath& Fergus Dunnett

Commisioned by the Aire Rivers Trust as part of their Developing the Natural Aire project

Directions and Postcodes

Thursday 09/09/2021 – Fred’s Place, Crown Point
Meet us at ‘Fred’s Place’ near Crown Point. More information coming soon.
Address: TBC

Saturday 11/09/2021 – Leeds Industrial Museum
Meet us outside the entrance to the Museum and look for our performers holding our sign. There is parking available at Museum. There is a two-minute walk from our meeting point to the boat location which includes a small set of stone steps (apart from the accessible showing at 11.30am).
Address: Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF

Sunday 12/09/2021 – CEG Building, Kirkstall Forge
Meet us on the picnic benches opposite the CEG building and beside the Kirkstall Forge Train Station and look for our performers holding our sign. There is parking available next to the building. There is a five to ten minute walk from our meeting point to the boat location which includes traversing the train station steps.
Address: CEG, Number One, Great Exhibition Way, Kirkstall Forge, Leeds LS5 3BF

Monday 13/09/2021 – Rodley
Meet us just on the Rodley side of the canal between the ‘Rodley Barge’ pub and the Swing Bridge and look for our performers holding our sign. There is street parking in the area.
Nearby Address: Rodley Barge Pub, 184 Town St, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1HP.

Friday 17/09/2021 – Dockfield, Shipley.
Meet us by the Dock Lane swing bridge near Saltaire Brewery and look for our performers holding our sign. There is on street parking in the area.
Nearby Address: Saltaire Brewery, County Workshops, Dockfield Rd, BD17 7AR

Saturday 18/09/2021 – Salts Mill, Saltaire
Meet us on the canalside by Victoria Road Bridge by Salts Mill and look for our performers holding our sign. There is parking at Salts Mill.
Nearby Address: Salts Mill, Victoria Road, BD18 3LA

Sunday 19/09/2021 – Dowley Gap near Bingley/Ferncliffe
Meet us on the benches just up from the Fisherman’s Inn on the canalside and look for our performers holding our sign. There is a small car park at the Fisherman’s Inn.
Nearby Address: Fisherman’s Inn, Wagon Ln, Bingley BD16 1TS

Monday 20/09/2021 – Canalside by Swing Bridge on Granby Lane in Riddlesdon.
Meet us on the canal side next to the swing bridge on Granby Lane and look for our performers holding our sign. There is on street parking nearby.
Nearby Address: 1 Hospital Rd, Riddesden, BD20 5EP

Friday 24/09/2021 – Canalside by (under) Silsden Bridge
Meet us on the canal side by Silsden Bridge on Keighley Road and look for our performers holding our sign. We will be on the other side of the canal and bridge from Silsden Boats nearby. There are stone steps coming down to where we are meeting.
Nearby Address: Silsden Boats, Canal Wharfe, Elliot Street, Silsden, BD20 0DE

Sunday 25 & Saturday 26/09/2021 – Canal opposite Skipton Boat Trips
Meet us on the opposite canal side on from the Aagrah/Skipton Boat Trips in Skipton Centre. We will meet by the white stone pillar (see photograph on map).
Nearby Address: Belmont Wharfe, Skipton, BD23 1RL

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The Aire Rivers Trust is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No: 07464227 and a Registered Charity No: 1145609
Registered Office at: 38 Morton Lane, East Morton, Keighley BD20 5RS
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