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)

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.