300 years ago to the day (if the day happens to be the 15th August) a boy was born who would grow up to be a pioneer of the road network in Yorkshire. If you travel about Yorkshire to this very day you’ll have travelled on one of his roads. Adventurer, philanderer, wanderer, soldier; a man who walked from London to Yorkshire because it was quicker than catching the coach, who laid the paths of Yorkshires first modern roads, solving engineering challenges that had defeated previous generations of road builders, and who supervised the construction of his roads.

And who had been blind since childhood.

Eddie Lawler, in association with Shipley Little Theatre is proud to present “Making Light”, a remarkable story of “Blind” Jack Metcalf, a remarkable man, in this the year of his 300th birthday.

Making Light

Audition Call

Performance dates:
September 2017
14 Thursday Saltaire, Caroline Club. Part of Saltaire Festival
16 Saturday Headingley, Heart Centre
23 Saturday Saltaire, St Peter’s Church
24 Sunday Knaresborough, Frazer Theatre
30 Saturday Leeds, Seven Arts

Rehearsals part-time weekly in Shipley area, days/time tba with cast.

Saturday 20th May noon to 3pm
Monday 22nd May 7 to 10pm

In the room upstairs in The Hop, Saltaire, 199 Bingley Rd, Shipley BD18 4DH
The intention is to cast 4 male and 4 female actors, each actor to play several parts.The work is unpaid, but travel to and from performance venues will be arranged where feasible. This is an opportunity to perform at Saltaire Festival as part of a bright new Shipley-based theatrical initiative, .

Please contact either SLT or Eddie to book a time, by email eddie@eddie-lawler.co.uk or phone to discuss 07891 254809

Hope you’re all enjoying the warmer weather!

Spring is here, along with all the birdsong, blossoms and ice-cream vans, and in an old school hall in one corner of Shipley, rehearsals are well under way for our upcoming production of Pantoland’s Got Talent!

(Oh no they aren’t!)


Show dates are set for the 12th and the 14th of May – for more information and where to get tickets, go to our ‘It’s Showtime’ page! Join us – it’s going to be fantastic!

In other news, we’re in pre-production of two great upcoming shows, Making Light, by local playwright Eddie Lawler and Samuel Beckett’sĀ Waiting for Godot, which is being put together by our Small Productions Team.

If you fancy getting involved, fear not, we’ll update you when auditions are announced, and if you have any questions, or a show you’d like us to consider for our 2018 program, email our secretary at lauren@shipleylittletheatre.org.uk