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The Interval, #4

Welcome to the fourth edition of The Interval – VocalEyes’ weekly selection of accessible cultural experiences, available remotely until our favourite venues re-open their doors. This week’s edition is by Marina, Programme Officer.

Shakespeare’s Globe

The 2018 production of Hamlet is now available online. Get the best seats (on your sofa) and enjoy a classic!
Visit the Globe’s website to access the audio and text introductory notes and go to YouTube to watch the play. It’s available until Saturday 19 April and will be followed by the 2009 production of Romeo and Juliet.

ICA Talks

The British Library Sounds archive offers online access to around 900 talks that happened at the Institute of Contemporary Art from 1982 to 1993. You can listen to talks on visual arts, performing arts or literature, but also history, philosophy or science! They include thinkers and artists such as Chinua Achebe, Marina Abramovic, Antony Gormley or Jenny Holzer.

Royal Albert Home

The Royal Albert Hall is now offering live concerts every day at 7:30 pm BST. This is your chance to get to know new artists or enjoy your favourite classics. Tonight you can listen to British singer-songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, who combines classical and alternative R&B.

A sneak peek at new museums opening in 2020

Although visiting museums is not possible now, check out some of these new ones that opened at the beginning of 2020 or will do later in the year. Don’t forget to add them to your list of ‘places to visit once this is over’. Highlights in the UK include:

  • Museum of the Home, previously known as Geffrye Museum and now renovated into a bigger venue space but still in the same beautiful London location.
  • Derby’s Museum of Making, a new museum that will be located in a former silk mill in Derwent Valley Mills, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The renovated Story Museum in Cambridge, that celebrates the art of storytelling.
  • London’s Migration Museum, relocated from Lambeth to a new space in Lewisham Shopping Centre.

Caryl Churchill’s work and legacy

During the run of Far Away at the Donmar Warehouse, journalist Fiona Mountford hosted a discussion with director Dominic Cooke and theatre critic Lyn Gardner about Caryl Churchill’s influence on today’s theatre-makers. You can listen to it on Soundcloud: Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Fleabag

The publicly acclaimed and award-winning Phoebe Waller-Bridge brings Fleabag back to fight against the pandemic. You can rent her monologue for a small fee and you’ll be contributing to organisations such as the National Emergency Trust, NHS Charities Together or Acting For Others.

If you haven’t seen the TV show yet, it’s on BBC iPlayer and it’s audio described.

And if you feel you need more comedy, check Comedy at The Covid Arms.

Hendrix Flat Sessions

Handel & Hendrix in London is made up of two residences: Handel’s house at 25 Brook Street and Jimi Hendrix’s flat at the top floor of 23 Brook Street. With the aim of bringing the 1960s back into today’s London, the venue organised live sessions filmed inside the Hendrix flat. Listen to renowned musicians such as Marcus Machado, Black Stone Cherry and Joanne Shaw Taylor.

VocalEyes worked with the venue to create an audio-described guide that is available in our website – a perfect excuse to learn about these two musicians, their works and their homes.

Spring and All [By the road to the contagious hospital]

Now that the world slows down, we seem to perceive what surrounds us in a different way. Don’t you think that birds sing more loudly now? Or that the cherry tree down the road suddenly has an actual smell? Almost a century ago, the American poet and doctor William Carlos Williams also sensed this as he walked to work in his local hospital. Read his poem Spring and All [By the road to the contagious hospital], a sobering but optimistic representation that might speak to us in this time of uncertainty.

Infosound

Infosound is a platform that broadcasts information about practical aspects of living with sight loss and is now providing useful content about Covid-19. Learn more about them on their website.

Don’t forget to take part in our Museum and Heritage Access Survey!

VocalEyes is undertaking a survey of people who have visited museum or heritage site in the UK in the past 12 months and used access facilities or support, or have visited as companions to people who have. If this is you, please take the Museum and Heritage Access Survey 2020 and help the museum and heritage sector learn to what extent they are meeting or failing to meet the access requirements of our visitors.

What if we could create the perfect audio description system for you to use at theatres?

What if you could choose between infrared, radio of WiFi? Would you like using your own device or the venue’s? What size should this be? What controls should it have? Read our article (http://vocaleyes.co.uk/the-perfect-theatre-audio-description-technology/) and don’t forget to share your ideas with us!

Last week’s quiz

The answers for last weeks’ quiz are:

  1. Belville at Donmar Warehouse, with James Norton (Grantchester) and Imogen Poots (28 Days Later).
  2. Richard II, with Simon Russel Beale (Spooks) and Saskia Reeves (Belgravia)
  3. Cyprus Avenue, with Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) and Ronke Adekoluejo (Christopher Robin)

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As you can imagine we are facing a severe loss of income over the coming months due to the closure of theatres, museums and heritage sites. If you feel that you can help us out with a donation, whether it’s a little extra spare cash or the price of a ticket refund, it will go a long way to ensure that VocalEyes will still be here, bringing arts and heritage to life through audio description when the venues open their doors again. Please consider making a donation via JustGiving or learn about other ways you can support VocalEyes.

 

Image: Portrait of Chinua Achebe.