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The Interval #43

Welcome to The Interval, edition number 43, VocalEyes’ weekly listing of accessible arts and culture. Keep warm and enjoy this week’s selection.

Online events in the next two weeks

Eye Matter, Valentine’s Extravaganza: Speed Dating Evening, Saturday 13 February 7-9pm

An accessible multiactivity peer support group, all activities take place on Zoom and are audio-described or adapted for blind and visually impaired people. More single ladies required with no or low sight! Pre-register at [email protected]. Each couple will have 5 minutes per break out room.

Donmar Warehouse, Monuments, audio-described video, YouTube, available until 28 February

A Donmar Local project, this bold, short film produced by a company of twelve Black, Brown, and multiracial young Londoners explores their own experiences of everyday racism. Audio-described by VocalEyes describer Michael Skellern. Explore the themes and process of making the film in this special edition of The Donmar Warehouse podcast available on Soundcloud.

The Staying Inn, Digital Inclusion workshop, Friday 19 February, 12noon, £15, Zoom

Make your online events, meetings or training accessible to disabled people. Find out how in this accessible workshop.

Almeida Theatre, Hymn, Saturday 20th February, 8pm. Audio-described play (approx 90mins). Tickets from £10

Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play, Hymn, asks what it takes to be a good father, brother, or son.

Vision Foundation, Sight loss in the spotlight: Taking Centre Stage, Thursday 25 February, 6:45pm. Free, booking required

Challenging the ongoing stigma of sight loss in the workplace and celebrating 100 years of the Vision Foundation,  join Hayley Mills and Dame Judi Dench in conversation with Stephen Fry. They’ll be celebrating the life and career of the late Sir John Mills, who maintained a high-level film and stage career while losing his sight.

Eye Matter, more sessions

The peer support group also run accessible weekly meetings:

  • Turn surviving into striving: Monday 3-4pm
  • Social: Tuesday 6-7pm
  • Activities for an adult audience including salsa, comedy, meditation and mindfulness, quizzes: Tuesday 7 -8pm
  • Cookery with VI tips. Wednesday 11am
  • Discussion group – Beyond Sight Loss with Ashrafia Choudhury: Thursday 5pm
  • Social group: Friday 11am
  • Fun activities, such as comedy workshop, neurobics, meditation, quizzes, and body conditioning: Friday 12pm

All sessions run on zoom. Pre-register at [email protected]

Watch/Listen Anytime

Glasgow Museums, Lord Mungo Murray by John Michael Wright, audio-described by VocalEyes, YouTube 7 minutes

Listen to a detailed description of this portrait written by VocalEyes describer Clare Le May and voiced by Angus King. Painted in around 1683, the portrait shows the earliest depiction of Highland dress.

National Theatre at Home, Julie, audio-described, available at least until 10 January 2022

Wild and single, Julie throws a huge party in her luxurious London house which rapidly descends into a fight for her own survival. Vanessa Kirby plays Julie in Polly Stenham’s shocking and fiercely relevant new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie.

National Maritime Museum, Chinese New Year Celebrations 2021

Celebrate the Year of the Ox online with a whole host of Chinese New Year activities, videos, and performances.

Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, Podcast: Black Greenwich Pensioners

A series of interviews exploring themes and highlights from the Black Greenwich Pensioners exhibition. maritime historian and Black history expert, S.I. Martin Conversations delves into what this research tells us about the lives of Black mariners in London during the 18th and 19th centuries. Each episode approx. 20mins.

Southampton City Gallery, John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape, audio-described exhibition tour, YouTube, 17mins

Explore the exhibition in depth with this online audio described tour, written, and presented by Jo Bressloff.

BBC Sounds, Mindful Mix, The Sleeping Forecast

Helping you get through these cold nights with cosy music.

Valentine’s Day

Talking News Federation (TNF) Soundings, St. Valentine’s Day

Find out how Valentine’s Day traditions and celebrations have changed over time.

BBC Sounds, Valentine’s Day, 28mins

Listen to a beautiful story of everyday life from John Osbourne in which a young man is clearing out his junk and comes across a box full of memories including letters, postcards, birthday and Valentine’s Day cards.

For children

Barn Theatre, Tweedy’s Lost and Found Episode One, audio-described, YouTube, 25mins

Follow the adventures of hilarious clown Tweedy!

Pancake Day (Tuesday, 16 February)

North Dakota School for the Blind, Cooking pancakes when low vision or blind, YouTube video, 10 minutes

Amy shares safe, accessible tips for making pancakes when you are visually impaired or blind. The BBC Pancakes recipe page has all the ingredients and tips you need from Delia Smith to make the perfect pancake.

BBC Sounds, The Food Programme, Cooking Blind, 28mins

In the latest episode, Sheila Dillon talks to blind and partially sighted cooks inspiring others.

AD on BBC iPlayer

Here’s a selection of programmes available with audio description on BBC iPlayer.

  • I am Greta
  • Alex Brooker: Disability & Me
  • Maggie Hamlin, Making Love with the Paint
  • The Windermere Children: In their own words
  • Andrew Marrs: History of Modern Britain
  • The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama
  • Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema
  • Cilla at the BBC
Science and Nature
  • The truth about improving your mental health
  • 8 Days: To the Moon and Back
  • 1066 A year to Conquer England
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

 AD on TV

Our selection of audio-described TV to watch this week.

Thursday 11 February

  • How to Be Epic @ Shakespeare, BBC2, 2pm
  • Tudor Monastery Farm, BBC2, 3.15pm
  • Amazing Hotels: Life in the Lobby, BBC2, 9pm
  • 63 Up, ITV, 10.45pm
  • War on Plastic: The Fight Goes on, BBC1, 11.45pm

Friday 12 February

  • Royal Recipes, BBC2, 4pm
  • Monty Don’s American Gardens, BBC2, 8pm
  • Vera, ITV, 8.30pm
  • Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed, BBC2 9pm

Saturday 13 February

  • Film: Crocodile Dundee, Channel 4, 7.10pm
  • Film: The Little Stranger, Channel 4, 9pm
  • Film: Deer Hunter, BBC2, 10pm
  • Film: Goldeneye, ITV, 10.55pm
  • Film: Sliding Doors, BBC1, 11.20pm

Sunday 14 February

  • Film: Monsters University, BBC1, 4pm
  • Film Crocodile Dundee 2, Channel 4, 5.50pm
  • Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeve, BBC2, 8pm
  • First Dates: Valentines, Channel 4, 11pm

Monday 15 February

  • DIY SOS: The Big Build, BBC1, 9pm
  • Long Lost Family, ITV, 9pm
  • Aung San Suu Kyi: The Fall of an Icon, BBC2, 11.30pm

Tuesday 16 February

  • Inside the Zoo, BBC2, 7pm
  • Paramedics on Scene, BBC1, 8.30pm
  • Forensics: The Real CSI, BBC2, 9pm
  • The Old Bailey: Murder and Mercy, Channel 5, 11.05pm

Wednesday 17 February

  • Inside the Zoo, BBC2, 7pm
  • Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Toksvig, Channel 4, 9pm
  • The Mum who got Tourette’s, Channel 4, 10pm