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The Interval 33, accessible art and culture online

Welcome to the 33rd edition of The Interval. Read on for a selection of upcoming accessible online arts events and content.

This month

fingersmiths: My Mother Said I Never Should, online play with audio description, Thursday 19 November, 7pm

A moving and funny exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family. we see their loves, expectations and choices play out against huge social change from 1900 to the 1980s. The streaming will begin with an introduction from Fingersmiths’s Artistic Director and director of the play, Jeni Draper, and cast member, Lisa Kelly. After the show, there will be a BSL-interpreted Q&A with Jeni and the writer, Charlotte Keatley. Available until 17 December.

BBC Sounds, Shortcuts – The Interpreter

This short documentary presented by Josie Long explores audio description in dance and the interpretation of sounds, shapes and feelings. Available for over a year.

DaDafest International 2020: Translations, from Monday 23 November, 7pm, free

Join the wide range of online events at this free festival from Liverpool based innovative and cutting-edge disability and Deaf arts organisation. The biennial festival showcases high quality and exciting work which challenge stereotypes and celebrate disability and deaf cultures.

HOME, Leaphia Darko/The London Rep presents The Very Error of The Moon, pay what you can

A RADA Festival Homemakers Commission. Shot entirely on a smartphone and GoPro during the Covid-19 quarantine, interweaving animation, film footage and the orchestration of everyday sound, this piece is a result of a necessarily solitary film making process. With production taking place at the height of the hypervisibility of the fight for racial equality, using Shakespeare’s Othello as a creative starting point, this film takes a look at the costs of being ‘othered’ in a racialized world from the perspective of a Black British millennial caught in the midst of these challenging times.

Audio description available. contact [email protected]. Available until 31 December.

Next Month

The Barbican: Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, audio-described tour, Tuesday 15 December, 10am

Tickets: £5, free companion ticket available on request. Email [email protected] for booking

Join this tour led by Lisa Squirrel who will describe some of the exhibition’s key artworks. Looking back to Michael Clark’s meteoric rise as a young choreographer in the 1980s and presents a comprehensive vision of Clark’s career to date. Showcasing his unique multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates a wide range of subcultural influences. Film, photography, and material from Clark’s practice will be presented alongside his legendary collaborations across visual arts, music, fashion and film.

Listen/Watch anytime

Royal London, Lost for Words, digital exhibition

Photographer Ian Rankin collaborates with Royal London to help and inspire us to talk more openly about death and grief. Video interviews and original portrait photography tell personal stories of bereavement from household names such as Gloria Hunniford, Konnie Huq, Jeff Brazier and Divina De Campo. The exhibition aims to help us all prepare practically, emotionally and financially at this difficult time. Click on each person to listen to their story.

Aya Nakamura, The Spider’s Thread(audio described, YouTube, 10 minutes)

A ‘paper theatre’ film based on a Japanese short story about Paradise and Hell. Created for Folkestone Puppet Festival by Japanese puppeteer Aya Nakamura, with specially composed music by Verity Lane. Audio description by Eleanor Margolies.

BBC Sounds, In Touch, Two Visually Impaired Opera Singers

Listen to the inspiring stories of two visually impaired opera singers. Peter White meets New Zealander Joanne Roughton Arnold and Mexican Alan Pingerron. (From September 2019)

Disability Arts Online, Sue Elsegood and the social model understanding of disability (SoundCloud, 7 minutes)

Listen to Dave Lupton’ interview with disabled activist Sue Elsegood discussing the effects of the social model understanding of disability on her life.

British Museum, Tantra exhibition, audio-described talk (YouTube, 58 minutes)

If you missed the British Museum’s first online audio described talk of Tantra: enlightenment to revolution exhibition or would like to enjoy the event all over again.

The Tactile Times Newspaper

This free online and print newspaper for young Braille users has helped provide news, entertainment and events combatting the isolation that many blind and visually impaired children felt during lockdown. The newspaper is ‘by young braillists for young braillists’, helping them to find interesting things to learn and helps them to stay connected and motivated. Subscribe to the newspaper.

#CheerUpCharlie campaign

Listen to West End stars singing a new fundraising charity single, You Will Be Found, supporting National Anti-Bullying Week (16 – 20 November) in aid of youth charity The Diana Award. The song features ten-year-old Charlie Kristensen who wants the song to help people understand life isn’t perfect, we aren’t perfect but we are amazing just the way we are. Stars including Michael Ball and Alice Fearn give messages of support throughout the track.

Photo: Blood moon, promotion for The Very Error of the Moon, credit: Ashan Avi