The Interval, #22, accessible culture online

Welcome to The Interval (#22), the weekly round-up of audio-described culture online.


Missing People

A Leeds Playhouse bilingual co-production with the Kani Public Arts Centre, Japan (duration: 2 hours 20 minutes Including a 20 minute interval, age guidance: 12+)

‘It’s like having a ghost in the house.’

Sakiko is nervous. She’s introducing her fiancée Dan to her parents for the first time at her family home in Kani, Japan. ​And, whilst brother Hiroki, the ‘perfect child’, got married close to home, Sakiko’s got to ​break the news that their wedding will be in London, where they’ve built their lives.

But under the surface, something isn’t right. Her mother is acting strangely, her father is gone for hours and a strange figure waits in the garden.

More information about the production

Audio-described version on YouTube. Audio Describer Roz Chalmers has said on Twitter that it was one of the most challenging pieces of audio description that she has ever done.

Streams available until Monday 21 September.

Old Vic announces new dates for Three Kings

When Patrick is eight years old his absent father returns unexpectedly and in a brief but memorable encounter, sets him the challenge of ‘The Three Kings’. Years later – recalling that meeting, and the revelations that followed – Patrick traces the events of his father’s life – and takes us on a journey of grandiose plans, aching disappointments and audacious self-delusion.

The Old Vic’s Three Kings: In Camera starring Andrew Scott will run for four extra performances (audio described by Roz Chalmers and Alison Clarke).

  • Thursday 3 September 7.30pm
  • Friday 4 September 7.30pm
  • Saturday 5 September 3.30pm and 7.30pm

Booking for each performance closes 24 hours in advance to allow time to process bookings and send out Zoom login details. Book tickets online now. Suitable for ages 14+ (includes occasional strong language). Running time: approximately 60 minutes.

Taking Flight Theatre’s First Three Drops, Saturday 29th August, 10.30am

Recommended for little ones aged 2 – 9 and their grown-ups. Directed and written especially for Zoom by Elise Davison. Based on the legend of Taliesin by Elis Gruffydd.

Ceridwen the witch has a problem. Whilst her daughter is beautiful and bright, her son Morfran is something of a lost cause. There is only one thing for it: powerful magic is needed. When Ceridwen leaves Gwion, Morfran’s best friend, in charge of stirring her VIP (very important potion) for a year and a day, she can never imagine the mayhem that will ensue.

With shape-shifting, sorcery and silliness galore, First Three Drops is a funny and magical story of adventure, in English, British Sign Language and Sign Supported English. The show will also feature live captions and integrated audio description.

First Three Drops has a real party atmosphere and you can be part of the action throughout, by dressing up, making your best sound effects and generally joining in.

More information about First Three Drops

Buy tickets for First Three Drops (£6)

HOME, Future 20: Last Place on Earth

The Future 20 Collective is a group of artists aged 18-25 who undertook HOME’s 12-month training initiative in 2019-20. The collective is made up of filmmakers, poets, spoken word artists, photographers, visual artists, musicians, theatre performers & producers and a glass artist.

Working with artist Ivan Morison, Future 20 have created a virtual reality (VR) environment that invites you to imagine the last place on earth. A utopian place, not to feel alone in but where you can consider reconnecting with mother nature and planting seeds for change.

Last Place on Earth Interactive 360 video With Audio Description

More information about Last Place on Earth


Former VocalEyes Deputy Director Toby Davey interviews Ben Ringham, who with his brother Max created the immersive binaural sound design for Donmar Warehouse’s critically acclaimed sound installation Blindness.

Listen to the interview on Audioboom

More information about Blindness, an Audio Introduction, and to purchase the installation listen at home version (which can be purchased up to Saturday 5 September)


Slow Looking, audio-described online events from the Photographer’s Gallery

Tania Franco Klein Saturday 5 September, 15.00

Featuring three photographs by Tania Franco Klein. The event will include live audio descriptions by Caroline Dawson and discussion. Duration, 50-70 minutes

Julie Cockburn, Saturday 19 September, 15.00

Featuring three photographic works by Julie Cockburn. The event will include live audio descriptions by Eleanor Margolies and discussion. Duration, 50-70 minutes

Reading Fringe Festival

Only available until Monday, 31st August 2020 at midnight!

A Retrospective Picture Diary of Lockdown, Caroline Gratrix VIVA Photography

A retrospective look back through the iPhone camera roll of professional photographer Caroline Gratrix, whose credits include Ethical Reading, Buzz Gym and Reading Fringe Festival 2019, to see what distracted and inspired her during lockdown. Caroline explains:

“I found the lockdown of my business sent me into a personal lockdown too. Something stopped me from picking up my professional camera and shooting. When challenged about what was on my iPhone camera roll, I realised it would be interesting to discover what did inspire me during the strangest period of time, an experience we all shared but in our own ways.”

A Retrospective Picture Diary of Lockdown on the RFF website

A Retrospective Picture Diary of Lockdown video with audio description by Roz Chalmers (duration 11 minutes)

Doortraits – Lockdown stories of the people of Reading, by Sapna Odlin

The stories and portraits of the people of Reading framed in their front doors telling their stories of lockdown life. Their thoughts, their fears and their new norms.

Doortraits Gallery Guide with Audio Description (Word, 16 font, Arial)


Queer House Party, Friday 28 August, 9pm -1am

The award-winning virtual queer party that brings you the best drag, performers, and DJs from London and beyond all in an accessible online community space, broadcasted live to wherever you are. Innit camp?!

💖Hosted by Taali Not Charlie

🎧DJs: Harry Gay, Wacha, and passer

👑 PERFORMERS: Louis Cyfer, Ebony Rose Dark, Mynxie and Kripple Kween

As always, Queer House Parties are hosted on Zoom and free entry, though PayPal donations are welcome. Check their socials (below) for the link just before the party starts, or get a free ticket from OutSavvy so the link lands straight in your inbox.

Contact [email protected] for the Audio description service (by Dot)

Facebook event

Facebook page for Queer House Party

Queer House Party on Twitter

IMAGE:  Toaster (self portrait), 2016 © Tania Franco Klein. Reflected in metal side of toaster is the face of a woman, eyes closed, her cheek resting on the wooden work surface. Next to the toaster sits a framed black and white photograph, a young boy looks out as if taken by surprise by the  reflection.

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