This Island’s Mine

Photo by Barnaby Aldrick

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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)

Photo by Barnaby Aldrick

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 DNAire project (Developing the Natural Aire), and is presented in collaboration with Canal Connections CIC and Multi-Story Water.

Performance Times and Locations:

Thur 09/09/2021 – Leeds Dock, near Royal Armouries – 6 & 8pm
Sat 11/09/2021 – Leeds Industrial Museum – 11.30am (Accessible perf) & 2 & 4pm
Sun 12/09/2021 – Kirkstall Forge – 2 & 4pm
Mon 13/09/2021 – Rodley – 6 & 8pm
Fri 17/09/2021 – Dockfield, Shipley – 6 & 8pm
Sat 18/09/2021 – Salts Mill, Saltaire – 12pm & 2 & 4pm
Sun 19/09/2021 – Dowley Gap near Bingley/Ferncliffe – 2 & 4pm
Mon 20/09/2021 – Riddlesdon – 6 & 8pm
Fri 24/09/2021 – Silsden – Times: 6 & 8pm
Sat 25/09/2021 – Skipton – 12pm & 2 & 4pm
Sun 26/09/2021 – Skipton – 2 & 4pm

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The Artist Team:

Performed by Claire-Marie Seddon & Steve Scott-Bottoms 
Written by Steve Scott-Bottoms
Dramaturgy. Direction & Tour Manager – Simon Brewis 
Originally devised with – Kat Rose-Martin

Design by – Ellie Harrison
Film by – Jon Dorsett
PR – Faye Dawson
Photography – Barnaby Aldrick
Additional Artwork – Babb_Sabbath & Fergus Dunnett


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 Mitigation

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 the Audience Map.

Thur 09/09/2021 – Leeds Dock, Knight’s Way Bridge, near Royal Armouries.
Meet us at the Knight’s Way Bridge (City Centre side) at Leeds Dock, near the Royal Armouries. Look for our performers holding our sign. There will be a 3 min walk to the canal boat from here. 
Address: LS9 8PB   

Sat 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).

Mon 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.

Fri 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

Sat 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

Sun 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

Mon 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

Fri 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

Sat & Sun 25+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