Welcome to The Interval, edition no. 42. Read on for VocalEyes’ weekly listing of accessible arts and culture.
Next two weeks
Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, Friendship and Love, Thursday 11 February, 11am Pacific Time, 8pm UK, descriptive art tour, Zoom
Blind Posse present Friendship and Love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Settle in for a great hour of art—and indulge in Mary See’s if you like! Pre-register here for Friendship and Love.
Sense Adventures Virtual Experiences
Sense Adventures runs a series of Virtual Experiences, tailored for and accessible to visually impaired people, and some of them are also taught by visually impaired people.
Eat Like a Champion, a series of talks and workshops, 11, 18 February and 4 March + three more dates to be confirmed. All sessions 6.30pm. Zoom. £15 per session.
Join visually impaired, Paralympic champion Lora Fachie MBE as she shares some of her tips and advice on how to prepare simple but tasty and nutritious meals. Starting with an introduction to Lora, her life story and sporting success. The following sessions will be cooking demonstrations where you can join in. Each recipe will be simple and easy to prepare, using only one pan. Laura will explain the recipe’s nutrition, along with advice on how to cook confidently and safely when visually impaired.
Register by phone on 01684 891796 or email [email protected]
Creative Writing with Megan Paul, Friday 12 February, 7-9pm. Zoom, £10
Prepare for Valentine’s Day with this workshop on love. From the trite to the unusual, explore everything that goes with love and take time to write about the hardest aspect of it.
Southbank Centre, Unseen: Suzie Lark photography exhibition, audio-described online tour. Available until Sunday 28 February, 20 minutes
Suzie Larke’s photography aims to increase awareness and conversations about the struggles of mental wellbeing.
Young Vic: Taking Part Films 2020
Read about this exciting project here on our website. Watch the three films with audio description: Tapestry, in partnership with Certitude; Even at Our Age, in partnership with Blackfriars Settlement, and Home (Body) in partnership with Thames Reach. There’s a short introduction to each film and the audio description is scripted and voiced by Eleanor Margolies.
BBC iPlayer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 90 minutes
Watch the audio-described classic Shakespeare play adapted for television by Russell T Davies. Available for two months.
BBC Sounds, Unplayable: Disability and the Gaming Revolution, 28 minutes
Hear the stories of how gaming has become more accessible for disabled gamers
Graeae Theatre, Crips Without Constraints Part 2: Flowers for the Chateau by Rebeka Bowsher, audio described and captioned video, YouTube, 13 minutes
After watching the play, check out the BSL Vodcast where two deaf artists discuss the themes of the play.
US Channel Islands National Park: Treasure in the Sea, audio-described video, YouTube, 24 minutes
Produced by the National Park Service, Harpers Ferry Center, 2010, this video revealing the cultural and natural history of five islands off the coast of California that make up Channel Islands National Park – Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara. With footage of Kelp Forest and the largest seal and sea lion rookeries in the world.
Talking News Federation (TNF): Soundings, The Day the Music Died, audio, 6 minutes
Find out about the last flight of Buddy Holly and fellow musicians on 3rd February 1959.
Interesting People reading Poetry podcast, Grian Chatten reads The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 15 minutes.
Artists read a favourite poem and talk about what it means to them. In the latest episode, songwriter Grian Chatten (Fontaines D.C.) reads The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Royal Albert Hall at Home
Re-live some of the performances from April 2020, such as Alexis French, pianist, composer and producer, or British singer-songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 2. Musicals: The Greatest Show, 2 hours
Sheridan Smith introduces spectacular new performances from the West End and Broadway
Nation’s Favourite Musical Song
Radio 2 have announced the UK’s favourite musical song in a top 20 list as voted by their listeners. Les Misérables took the top two spots with One Day More and Bring Him Home. The top five also includes songs from Wicked (Defying Gravity), The Greatest Showman (This Is Me) and The Wizard of Oz (Over the Rainbow).
AD on TV
Here are some programmes coming up on TV this week with audio description.
Thursday 4 February
Nigella: At my Table. BBC2 7.30pm
Pooch Perfect. BBC1 8pm
63 Up. ITV 10.45pm
Friday 5 February
Rick Stein’s Secret France. BBC2 ,7pm
Monty Dons American Gardens. BBC2, 8pm
Ramy. Channel 4 11.05pm
Film: Shakespeare in Love. BBC1, 11.35pm
Saturday 6 February
Film Independence Day: Resurgence. Channel 4, 6.45pm.
Film Instant Family. Channel 4, 9pm
Film Horrible Bosses. ITV, 10.50pm
Film The Other Woman. Channel 4, 11.20pm
Sunday 7 February
Film Yentl. BBC2, 2pm
Film Uncle Buck. ITV, 2.40pm
Film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Channel 4, 5pm
The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan. BBC2, 9.45pm
Monday 8 February
Devon and Cornwall. Channel 4, 8pm
Cornwall Fishing Life. BBC2, 9pm
Celebrity Best Home Cook. BBC1, 9pm
Tuesday 9 February
Secret Safari: Into the wild. Channel 4, 8pm
Joanna Lumley Home Sweet Home Travels in my own Land, ITV, 8pm
First Dates: Valentines. Channel 4, 10pm
Wednesday 10 February
Cornwall and Devon walks with Julia Bradbury. ITV, 8pm
Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig. Channel 4, 9pm
Lily: A Transgender Story. BBC1, 10.45pm
You may also like these programmes from BBC iPlayer
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Art of Persia
African Renaissance: When arts meets Power
Meet the Romans with Mary Beard
A Hard days Night
Whitney: Can I be me
David Bowie: The last five years
Science and Nature
New Zealand: Earths Mythical Island
The Planets Brian Cox
Image: Blind gamer Steve Saylor features in the short piece on BBC Sounds, Unplayable: Disability and the Gaming Revolution.