Welcome to The Interval, edition number 37, our weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. This is our final edition before Christmas with plenty to enjoy over the festive season.
Thursday 17 December, 6:30pm, Vimeo, free
Hosted by Carey Mulligan, this online concert brings the sound of joyful choirs, your favourite carols, and readings from incredibly special guests into the comfort of your own home.
Donmar Warehouse, Looking a Lot Like Christmas, a Donmar festive concert, YouTube, until Tuesday 5 January, 2021
Filmed in the beautiful setting of St Paul’s Church in the heart of Covent Garden, affectionately known as The Actors’ Church, this hour-long concert features musical numbers, sketches and seasonal poetry. Listen to an audio-described introduction on the VocalEyes website.
Southbank Centre, Winter Tea Dance, Friday 18 December, 7pm. Free, online event.
Warm up your winter with foxtrot, waltz and tango! join an evening of dancing and jazz with Strictly Come Dancing ballroom experts.
Polka Theatre, A Christmas Carol, Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 December, audio-described film, 15 mins
Listen to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the true meaning of Christmas in this visually imaginative and funny re-telling of a Christmas classic, set to an original folk-style score. Audio-described by VocalEyes describer Eleanor Margolies. For all the family, aged 4+. Exclusively available for those who sign up to the Polka newsletter.
Shakespeare’s Globe, Christmas at the Snow Globe, 2020, online, 45 minutes, available to view from Monday 21 December, 7.00pm until Tuesday 5 January 2021, 11.59pm GMT, £15
Sandi Toksvig and her merry company bring laughter, carols and the joy of Christmas from the Globe Theatre straight to your home with this very festive film premiere. Audio described by Clare Le May for VocalEyes.
Derby Theatre, The Little Mermaid, Thursday 24 December, 10:30am, Thursday 31 December, 1:30pm and Saturday 2 January, 1:30pm and 6pm. Tickets from £20 per household.
Audio-described by Derby audio describers. Approx. 45mins on Vimeo. For ages 5+ and families.
Wonder Adventures, Christmas Eve live party and sing-along with Santa and friends, Facebook, Thursday 24 December, 3pm
Join this online event to bring festive fun to your kids at home this Christmas. Register for the family to attend.
Evensong with Christmas Music on Thursday 24th December and two Eucharist Services on Friday 25th December. Sharing Christmas celebrations online, with streamed services and pre-recorded events that everyone can enjoy. Watch on their website and YouTube channel.
Christmas service at Salisbury Cathedral, Friday 25 December
Enjoy all their services online including Christmas Day. Booking essential.
Almeida Theatre, Nine Lessons and Carols, Saturday 2 January 2021, 2:30pm.
Audio-described. A play about connection and isolation and lighting a candle to see us through the darkest night.
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, A Christmas Carol, Saturday 2 January, 1:30pm
Audio-described. Please call the box office on 01635 2046044 for ticket details and to book a personal headset.
Curve Theatre, Sunset Boulevard In Concert – At Home, Monday 4 – Saturday 9 January 2021, £20 per household.
Set over a turbulent New Year’s Eve in 1940s Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession. Enjoy this captivating performance at home. Audio-described by Talk Sense.
Manchester Opera House, Sleeping Beauty, audio described on Saturday 9 January 2021, 7pm. Tickets from £13
This socially distanced panto is a riotously funny, one-act celebration, packed full of comedy and laughter.. Audio-described by Mind’s Eye.
National Theatre, Dick Whittington, Audio-described on Thursday 21 January, 1pm. Touch tour at 11am. Tickets from £20.
Join Dick Whittington and friends in this hilarious and heartfelt panto, with a fresh look for this classic tale.
The Staying Inn, various nights.
Join the accessible, virtual pub for a range of Christmas events. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive joining links.
Saturday 19 December, 8pm – Netflix festive movie night.
Thursday 24 December, 3pm – Festive storytelling
Friday 25 December, 3pm – Christmas Quiz & chats
Sunday 27 December, 7pm – Betwixmas Bingo
Thursday 31 December, 8pm – Disco
Royal Court, Living Newspaper
Each edition premieres online Sunday at 5pm, then available on Royal Court Player to watch on-demand from Monday 10am – Sunday 4pm. Audio-described intro notes and captions available.
Over 60 writers are creating six editions of Living Newspaper: A Counter Narrative. Each edition will be urgent, responsive, and fast, created within a week, written by Tuesday, performed on Thursday.
Sadler’s Wells, Global Gala 2020: A Celebration of Dance, audio-described video, YouTube, 55mins.
Thrilling world premiere performances bringing together artists and famous faces from around the world to celebrate dance and support the full reopening of Sadler’s Wells.
Watch unmissable theatre whenever you want it! Sign up to the new streaming service from National Theatre. Five shows will have audio description from Sunday 27 December with more to be added in 2021.
British Museum, Arctic: culture and climate, audio-described talk, YouTube, 1 hour
If you missed this event live, catch up with this recording of VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans and British Museum curator Dr Peter Louvers taking you through the Arctic exhibition’s key objects and themes.
Listen to audio-described highlights from the collection online. Gold (7mins), Britannia (6 mins) and1694 Royal Charter (7 mins) are all available to listen to on the Bank of England website with transcripts also available.
Douglas Schatz explores new and classic plays. each episode examines a single play in depth with an expert guest. Each episode approx. 1 hour.
Disability Arts Online and Graeae Theatre Company, Podcast: Disability And…Access Into with Ruth Madeley, audio, 45 minutes
Celebrating Disability History Month, Nickie Miles-Wildin chats to actor, writer and disability activist, Ruth Madeley.
Disability Arts Online, fictionalised podcast series: New Women, each episode 10mins
Telling the stories of first wave disabled feminists, Rosa May Billinghurst, Helen Keller, and Mabel Normand. The women narrate their lives in the early twentieth century.
Christmas lights at Bedgebury Pinetum, audio-described video, YouTube, 4 mins
No Naughty List: Tesco Christmas Ad, audio described video, YouTube, 1 min
Keep active over Christmas
A new inclusive National Platform offering a diverse programme of 174 different dance and yoga classes. Fully accessible for all ages and abilities.
The Active at Home programme has many pre-recorded and live recorded sessions for all blind and visually impaired people.
Audio-described chair yoga sessions. Four online videos led by visually impaired instructor, Claire Miller. YouTube, 25mins.
An excellent way to loosen and stretch tight muscles, reducing stress and improving circulation.
Christmas TV with AD
There’s plenty to watch this year on TV with audio description. Visit TV Help to find out which programmes are audio-described each day on all services. Here are some suggestions for you over the Christmas period.
Saturday 19 December
Forrest Gump, 9:20pm, Channel 4.
Sunday 20 December
Sports Personality of the year. 8pm, BBC1.
Devon and Cornwall at Christmas. 9pm, Channel 4.
Monday 21 December
The Big Soap Quiz, Coronation Street v Emmerdale. 9pm, ITV.
The Savoy at Christmas. 10.45pm, ITV.
Tuesday 22 December
For the Love of Britain, 7:30pm, ITV
Nigella’s Cook Eat Repeat Christmas special, 8pm, BBC2
Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country, 8pm, Channel 4
Christmas at Warwick Castle, 9pm Channel 4
Wednesday 23 December
Jennifer Saunders’ Memory Lane. 9pm, ITV
Daddy’s Home 2, 10pm, Channel 4
Catherine Jenkins Christmas Spectacular from Royal Albert Hall, 2:15pm, ITV
A baby reindeer’s first Christmas, 6:40pm, Channel 4
Birds of a Feather., 9:15pm, ITV
Call the Midwife 7:40pm, BBC1
Escape to the Chateau at Christmas, 8:10pm, Channel 4
Hidden Figures. 6:40pm, Channel 4
The Holiday 10:45pm, ITV
Some suggestions for you: Life, Small Acts, Roadkill, The Queen’s Gambit, Emily in Paris
The VocalEyes team wishes you all a safe and very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year