The Interval 34

Welcome to The Interval, edition number 34, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.


British Museum, Arctic: culture and climate, live audio-described event, Saturday 5 December, 2:30pm. Zoom, free

Join VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans and exhibition curator Dr Peter Loovers to explore images of key artworks in the British Museum’s exhibition, Arctic: Culture and Climate. Live captions provided by Stagetext. Register on Zoom to receive the joining link.

Coming up in the next two weeks

Queer House Party, Friday 27 November, 9pm -1am, Zoom

Join 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. Email for the link to the audio described event. Facebook event, Facebook page for Queer House Party, Queer House Party on Twitter.

Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival: Sahera Khan: The Cockerel and the FoxSaturday 28 November, 3pm, online, free

Deaf actor, poet and TV presenter Sahera Khan presents her new storytelling performance The Cockerel and the Fox and answers questions. Book for Saheera Khan (Eventbrite).

Southbank Centre: 2020 Booker Prize Winner in Conversation, available now until Monday 30 November, £5

Celebrating the literary prize, this year’s winner, Douglas Stuart, in conversation with 2019 winner Bernardine Evaristo. Stuart discusses his winning novel, Shuggie Bain and the experience of winning the prize in an evening of readings and conversation with an audience Q&A. Book here for the Booker Prize Winner in Conversation event.

Penguin Live: A night in with Stephen Fry: TroyMonday 30 November, 6.30pm, live online event and available for one week afterwards. Tickets: £10

Celebrating the release of Fry’s new book, Troy. Book your tickets for Stephen Fry event. Add the option of a signed copy of the book.

Penguin Live: A Night in with Nadiya HusseinWednesday 9 December, 6:30pm, live online event and available for one week afterwards. Tickets: £10

Nadiya Hussain in conversation with Queer Eye’s Tan France to celebrate the release of her new book, Nadiya Bakes. Book your tickets for Nadiya Hussein event. Add the option of a signed copy of the book.

Together! 2020 Disability History Month Festival on World Aids Day: Damian Darkness: Sex and Disability + Vince Laws: A Very Queer Nazi Faust, Tuesday 1 December, 7-10pm, online, free.

Playwrights Damian Darkness and Vince Laws  in conversation with Festival Director Dr Ju Gosling before their plays are streamed.

Sex and Disability, written by Damian Darkness, with music from Mishkin Fitzgerald, follows the story of a young man called Nick, disabled after a stroke at a young age, and struggling to make his way through the world of sex. Nick manages to enlist the help of his new carer Jasmine, a partnership which leads to exciting consequences. Sex and Disability aims to challenge perceptions and open a conversation about this subject, which is not tackled enough in mainstream society.

A Very Queer Nazi Faust, by Vince Laws, celebrates over 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK and highlights issues around cuts to disability benefits. The performance contains adult themes and language, suicidal thoughts, Lucifer, The Naked Abseilers and poetry, but no Nazis.

Book for  Sex and Disability, and A Very Queer Nazi Faust (Eventbrite)

The Old Vic – In Camera: playback

Watch recorded versions of three recent shows. Three Kings, Faith Healer and Lungs

Three Kings, Wednesday 2– Friday 4 December, 7:30pm, audio-described, Zoom (duration: 1 hour), Tickets: £15

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’.

You may wish to buy your tickets early for the other two performances: Faith Healer, audio-described, 20-21 January and Lungs, audio-described, 27-29 January 2021.

Watch/listen anytime

BBC Radio 4: The Thirteen Million Club, BBC Sounds, duration: 28 minutes)

More than 13 million people in the UK identify as having a disability, and yet half of British adults say they don’t know any disabled people. To mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, Radio 4 brings together a diverse line-up of brilliant disabled comics. this is a hilarious night of off-the-wall humour from a range of comedians you should expect to hear from a lot more.

Extant Theatre Company: Eye Say, Eye Say, Eye Say, online, £5 donation to Extant.

Listen again to a night of eye watering laughter as  visually impaired comedians took to the stage during the Bloomsbury Festival.

RNIB Connect Radio, Clarke Reynolds, Braille Artist (Audioboom, 8 minutes)

Toby Davey talks to Portsmouth artist Clarke Reynolds about how he has turned Braille into a visual artform for everyone. Visit Clarke’s website.

Graeae Theatre Company: The Paradis Files (YouTube, duration: 25 minutes)

Short documentary about the making of a new opera. Maria Theresia Von Paradis (Austria, 1759-1824) was a celebrated composer, pianist and singer who gave concerts in Austria and across Europe. A contemporary of Mozart and Salieri, she was known as The Blind Enchantress. Produced by Graeae and Commissioned by The Stables as part of its 50th anniversary programme for IF: Milton Keynes International Festival.

Disability Arts Online: Dave Russell: a bricolage of talent, article with audio

Dave Russell has been involved the Survivors Poetry scene since the early 1990s. His album Bricolage, recorded in 1992 deserves a special place in the history of Survivor Arts Movement. Disability Arts Online give a brief artist’s profile and a scintillating selection of Russell’s musical oeuvre.

Disability Arts Online: Too Sticky!, SoundCloud, 13 minutes

Emma Robdale talks to Dr Jen Malia, Creative Writing and Literature Lecturer at Norfolk State University, Virginia. ‘Too Sticky’, her first book, was published in April 2020. It’s a children’s book infused with her her experiences of autism and sensory overwhelm. She expands upon how authentic female-led autism narrative can be harnessed.

National Theatre of Scotland: Scenes for Survival

Two more short films created in response to the pandemic.

The Domestic, audio described, YouTube, 12 minutes

Kristi MacDonald stars in a short new piece from writer Uma Nada Rajah, and directed by Beth Mor. Following a traumatic experience, a young woman is rescued by her boyfriend and wakes up on a crowded hospital ward. There she finds much-needed comfort from an unexpected and welcome source of humanity.

The Quiz, audio described, YouTube, 7 minutes

Sukhdeep is excited. After all, it’s not every day you get chosen to host your high school’s 30th Anniversary Reunion Quiz. a hilarious new short co-written and directed with Isobel McArthur.

Royal Academy of Arts, Revisiting the exhibition: Anthony Gormley

Go behind the scenes at the RA’s 2019 exhibition to find out about the making of some of the exhibits in these short videos.

The making of Mother’s Pride, YouTube, 3 minutes.

The making of Cave, YouTube 3 minutes

The making of Matrix III, YouTube, 3 minutes

Inside the Show: Anthony Gormley at the RA, YouTube, 3 minutes (a drone’s eye view of the exhibition narrated by Anthony Gormley)

Getting ready for Christmas

Royal Albert Hall: Classic Album Sundays: Chilly Gonzales, online, Friday 4 December and available for 7 days afterwards, £10

In conversation with a special live performance. Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will be joined by Chilly Gonzales for an exclusive live interview with the Grammy-winning Canadian pianist and entertainer. He’ll also be performing songs from his upcoming album A Very Chilly Christmas. Christmas Carols are loved by all, with grandeur and solemnity, austerity, and merriment, and of course, Mariah Carey! Book for Classic Album Sundays: Chilly Gonzales.

RNIB: Letter from Santa

Send a letter to Santa and receive a Braille reply for blind and visually impaired children. Closing date for postal letters is Tuesday 1 December. Or you can email Santa until Monday 21 December.

Image: promotion shot for The Paradis Files