Welcome to The Interval, edition number 39. Read on to discover this week’s accessible arts and culture listings. Please get in touch if you have any online event or content to share that is accessible online for the blind or visually impaired community.
Next two weeks
Southbank Centre Unlimited Festival
Reasonable Adjustment, Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 January, online, audio-described, free
A virtual exhibition of artefacts relating to the disabled activist movement.
Artificial Things, Friday 15 – Sunday 17 January, 6pm, live on Zoom, then available on demand. Free
Featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers. Exploring themes of human interdependence, strength, and vulnerability with a finale of positive energy. Includes a live Q&A session.
Pitch and Mix Saturday, Saturday 16 January, 10am, Zoom. Free
Recording of the event with audio description available from Monday 18 January. Find out about upcoming projects from disabled artists and hear from disability arts organisations.
National Gallery, Look at the Revival: Gossart’s Adoration of the Kings, Thursday 21 January, 4pm. Zoom. Free
Poet Theresa Lola discusses how Gossaert’s altarpiece inspired her poem, Look at the Revival. With a reading of the poem, and discussion about Theresa’s creative process, and the magnificent 16-century masterpiece that inspired her.
Arts and Disability Ireland, From access to inclusion, an arts and culture summit, official launch, Tuesday 26 January, 2pm
A free taster of the upcoming summit in March 2021. With speakers from across the globe from theatres, museums and heritage venues, this is an opportunity to exchange ideas and discover new and innovative ways to include and welcome everyone. The summit itself takes place from 9–25 March 2021. Full details and free registration available here.
Manchester International Festival
Rebels of Extinction, Thursday 28 January, 7pm, audio-described, YouTube
Down with fast fashion! Up with recycling! A witty and passionate look at revamping your wardrobe.
Royal Festival Hall, The Cinematic Orchestra, Friday 29 January, 8pm, online, £13
An awe-inspiring performance from the enigmatic electronic jazz group. Playing tracks from their new album To Believe alongside their old hits.
BBC Radio 2 Celebrates Musicals, Musicals: The Greatest Show, Friday 29 – Sunday 31 January
A weekend of music, programmes, and documentaries across BBC Radio 2 and BBC One to celebrate musicals. With a chance to vote for the greatest ever musical song.
Radio 2, Sunday 31st January 7-9pm: Sheridan Smith hosts the show to celebrate musical theatre which and includes many performances captured from the London Palladium.
Talk Description to me podcast, Chaos in the Capital Building
A special edition of the show following the events in Washington DC on Wednesday 6 January. Discover how events unfolded through images including details of the building itself.
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Podcast: LPO Off Stage
MOBO award winning saxophonist and presenter YolanDa Brown presents this series of five behind-the-scenes at the orchestra, with personal stories and musical insights.
National Theatre of Scotland, Venus Virus, audio-described, YouTube, 9mins
Newly performed extract from stage play Venus as a Boy, Cupid may have lived with the divine gift of ecstatic love, but it is also what’s killing him; turning his body into solid gold as he breathes his last and tries to make peace with the world from a lonely, stifling bed.
BBC In Touch / BBC Sounds, Can’t See Will Cook, 10 mins
Listen to partially-sighted cook Kathy Lester conniving Richard Lane that slow-baked cabbage is tasty, along with spicy Creole fish stew!
BBC In Touch, Passenger Assist app and Royal Art, 20mins
The latest edition of In Touch discusses a new app for disabled rail travellers and the Royal Collections Trust’s zoom sessions for audio-described art.
Talking News Federation: Soundings, Burns’ Night, 4mins
This short recording celebrates the Scottish poet Robert Burns and celebrates Burn’s Night suppers held on 25 January each year.
Birmingham Hippodrome, A Slice of Sunshine, YouTube, 1min
A message of hope for 2021 in this specially commissioned poem by Birmingham Poet Laureate Casey Bailey. The short video is accompanied by photos taken from residents of Birmingham and the Black Country as part of Global Rainbow.
Barbican, Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer exhibition
In Conversation: Charles Jeffrey and Kate Coyne, YouTube, 23mins
Designer Charles Jeffrey talks to Michael Clark Company Director Kate Coyne about his admiration for Leigh Bowery, his highlights from the exhibition, and how he uses movement to conceptualise designs.
Jarvis Cocker’s musical response to the exhibition, YouTube, 20mins
Watch/listen to Jarvis Cocker’s band JARV IS… perform an exclusive set of songs in the Michael Clark exhibition.
We have been contacted by Adelaide based audio-describer, Kari Seeley who is carrying out research for a PhD project into audio description for live performance. She is recruiting blind and visually impaired people who use audio description to take part in online research interviews to find out more about your personal experiences using the service. The interviews will take place on Zoom at a time convenient for you. They will last around 60 minutes and you will receive a written transcript of the interview. You must be 18 or over, have a visual impairment and have used audio description at a live theatre performance to take part. Please email Kari for more information and to register your interest.
AD on TV
Thursday 14 January
8:00pm, BBC2: Saving Lives at Sea
8:00pm, Channel 4: George Clarkes Amazing Spaces
Friday 15 January
7:40pm, BBC1: Garden Rescue
8:30 ITV: Endeavour
Saturday 16 January
6:00pm, ITV: Catchphrase Celebrity special
6:30pm, Channel 4: Film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
7:50pm, BBC1: Casualty
9:00pm, Channel 4: Film The Equalizer 2
Sunday 17 January
4:15pm, Channel 4: Film Ferdinand
8:00pm, BBC1: A Perfect Planet
Monday 18 January
9:00pm, ITV: Long Lost Family
9:00pm, Channel 4: 999 What’s your Emergency?
Tuesday 19 January
7:00pm, BBC2: Back in Time for the Corner Shop
9:00pm, BBC2: Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain
10:00pm, Channel 4: First Dates
Wednesday 20 January
8:00pm, Channel 4: Kirstie and Phil Love it or List it
9:00pm, Channel 4: Grand Designs
9:00pm, ITV: The Bay
Image: Jarvis Cocker and band play a set in the Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer exhibition at the Barbican