Bronze figure of Shiva Nataraja, India

The Interval 38

Happy New Year from everyone at VocalEyes. Welcome to the 38th edition of The Interval, our weekly listing of accessible art and culture. As we’re in a national lockdown, everything this week is online or on TV.


British Museum, Live audio-described tour of the South Asia collection, Wednesday 13 January 2pm, Zoom, free

Join VocalEyes describer Di Langford and curator Dr Sushma Jansari to explore key objects from the collection in The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery, highlighting its many regions and histories. Register online to receive the joining link.

Coming soon

Southbank Centre, Unlimited Digital Festival, Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 January

Showcasing ambitious creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies, the festival features dance, performance, comedy, music and visual art. Watch the audio-described trailer and find out the line-up of accessible events.

Penguin Live, Jon Sopel in conversation: Unpresidented, Thursday, 14 January, 7pm, Zoom

Jon Sopel introduces his new book, revealing insights into all aspects of the campaign trail in last year’s US election. Available to watch for seven days afterwards.

The Rose Playhouse, A Voice for Richard – The Journey Continues with Yvonne Morley-Chisholm, Tuesday 19 January, 7pm, online talk, £5

Find out about the latest developments to reconstruct the literal voice of King Richard III. You’ll also learn some Medieval English pronunciations!

National Theatre of Scotland, Rapunzel, audio-described video, 75 mins, For ages 6+.

Hear from all six characters in this modern take on the classic fairy-tale. Rapunzel is a celebration of theatricality, music and storytelling for all the family.

Graeae Theatre Company, Crips Without Constraints Part 2, 0nline, every Tuesday at midday from 19 January to 16 February 2021.

Five new plays celebrating deaf and disabled talent covering topics from sibling rivalry to death by post stick notes. All with captions and audio description.

The Old Vic In Camera, Playback – Faith Healer, Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 January, audio-described, Zoom. £15. Approx. 2 hours 20 minutes, with no interval.

The Royal Court, Audio Play: A History of Water in the Middle East, available until 30 January. Online, free

Adapted from the production in 2019 the audio play theatre, poetry and music to convey stories of women living across the world.

Watch/Listen anytime

BBC Sounds, Sci-Fi Blindness, 28 minutes.

Presenter Peter White explores the interest in blindness in science fiction starting from his own experience of a scene in the classic novel Day of the Triffids.

Open Theatre, Cops and Robbers (and other silent films), audio-described, YouTube, 30mins

This series of short films was created by young theatre makers with learning disabilities across Birmingham and Coventry.

Natural History Museum, Hope the Blue Whale – Nature Live Online, YouTube, 50 minutes

Join Museum scientist Natalie Cooper to discover the wonderful world of whales. The Museum’s iconic blue whale skeleton, now taking pride of place in the centre of Hintze Hall, is still providing valuable information on the animal’s whereabouts before it died, over 125 years ago.

National Museum of Ireland, Birdsong Challenge

Learn the songs of these common garden birds in Ireland. Listen to the videos to recognise their songs and then see if you can hear them next time you are out walking.

The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera, video, 6 minutes

Killian Donnelly will play the Phantom when the musical returns. Listen to this special performance of the iconic song, Music of the Night, recorded at the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin.

AD on the TV

Some TV highlights for the week ahead:

Friday 8 January

3:15pm, BBC2. Made in Great Britain.

6:30pm, BBC2. Rick Steins Cornwall.

7:00pm, BBC2. Cornwall: The Fishing Life.

8pm, Channel 4. Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday night feast.

9pm, BBC4 David Bowie: The Last Five Years.

Saturday 9 January

11am, BBC2. Cheetah Family & Me.

1:45pm, ITV. Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen.

3pm, Channel 4. The Great New Year Bake off.

4:15pm, Channel 4. Escape to the Chateau Make do and mend.

11pm, Channel 4. Film Terminator Genisys.

Sunday 10 January

1pm, ITV. Film Hotel Transylvania.

3:50pm, ITV. Film Bean.

7:45pm, Channel 4. The Great Pottery throw down.

8pm, ITV. Happy birthday Mr Bean.

9pm, BBC1. The Serpent.

11:40pm, Channel 4. Film the Dressmaker.

Monday 11 January

4:50pm, BBC2. Meekat Manor on daily.

6pm, Channel 4. Junior bake off. on daily.

6:30pm, BBC2. Rick Steins Cornwall. on daily.

9pm, ITV. The Pembrokeshire Murders 3 parts mon/tues/wed.

Tuesday 12 January

8pm, ITV. Martin Clunes islands of Australia.

Wednesday 13 January

8pm, BBC1. The Repair Shop.

8pm, ITV. Cornwall and Devon walks with Julia Bradbury.

You can also catch up with many audio-described programmes, series, and films on BBC iPlayer, NetFlix, Amazon Prime.

Image: Figure of Shiva, British Museum