Kevin Poeung in Have Your Cake. Kevin is wearing a white t-shirt with his hands up and spread wide. His arms and face are covered with something white, perhaps flour. Photo credit: Emily Nuttall

The Interval #45

Welcome to The Interval, edition #45, Vocaleyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. Spring is in the air for this week’s selection.

Online events in the next two weeks

Queer House Party, Friday 26th February, 9pm. Audio-described, BSL and captions. Free, on Zoom.

Join the party, bringing you the best music, drag, and performers from London and beyond all in an accessible online space

Chichester Festival Theatre, Facing the Music: Imelda Staunton, Wednesday 3rd March, 7pm.

Livestream event, tickets from £10. Imelda Staunton joins writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson to discuss her life in musical theatre, illustrated by treasured recordings.

Northern Ballet, Have Your Cake, Friday 5th March. Audio-described. Pay-what-you-can tickets.

Friendship, love and togetherness shines bright on the darkest days in this light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek short film. Partly inspired by the nation’s enthusiasm for baking banana bread during lockdown, Kenneth Tindall’s Have Your Cake explores the playfulness of a group of friends making the best of it.

Curve Theatre at Leicester, The Colour Purple – At Home, Saturday 6th March, 7:30pm. Audio-described online. £20 per household.

Marsha Norman’s poetic and powerful script along with the magnificent songs by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray celebrate life, love and the strength to stand up for who you are and what you believe in. Audio description by Nadine Beasley and Kate Taylor-Davies for Talking Sense Audio Description Services.

Katriona Taylor, Live Streamed Show – The best Jazz and Latin sounds in London!, Saturday 6th March, 8.30pm.

International Vocalist Katriona Taylor and her band streamed live from the studio, featuring songs from her latest album, Blind Passion, which celebrates music from blind artists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Diane Schuur and Jose Feliciano, as well as her own compositions.

Southbank Centre, Black Country, New Road, Saturday 6th March, 8pm. Livestream concert, £10.

The hotly tipped seven-piece celebrate the release of their debut album, in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.


Watch/listen anytime

British Museum, South Asia Collection. Audio-described talk, YouTube, 55mins.

Another chance to hear Vocaleyes describer Di Langford and curator Dr Sushma Jansari explore key objects from the collection and highlight its many regions and histories up to the present day, from Gandhara to the Mughal.

Manchester Homemakers, Don’t Touch My Hair. Audio-described, 5mins, pay-what-you-can-tickets, available until 1st August 2021.

A five-minute flashback to one of the finest moments from Hot Brown Honey, the extraordinary stage show created by director Lisa Fa’alafi and musical director Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers, blending together clips from performances across the world to create a defiant musical blast that’s equal parts social activism and earworm and entirely what the world needs right now.

Scottish Opera: On Screen, Hansel and Gretel. Audio-described, YouTube, 1hour 40 mins.

Watch the magical fairy tale in a bright and vivid new staging. Fun for all the family, follow Hansel and Gretel on their magical adventures through the forest, keeping their wits about them to escape the clutches of the Witch.

Fingersmiths, My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley. Audio-described. YouTube, 2hours, 40mins.

Performed and filmed at Birmingham Rep, this moving and funny play explores the lives of four generations of women in one family. We see their loves, expectations and choices play out against huge social change from 1900 to the 1980s.

Scarborough Museums Trust, Star Car Animation. Audio-described, YouTube, 5mins.

A short animation by Savannah Storm looking at our five favourite objects from Star Carr, the important archaeological Stone Age site just outside Scarborough.

Talk Description to Me, Episode 38 – Landing on Mars. Podcast, 35mins.

Exploring The exciting landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars, Christine and JJ describe images and resources coming directly from NASA.

Southwark Playhouse, Puffins by Sophie Ellerby. Audio play, Soundcloud, 15mins.

Scattering the ashes of Gwyneth’s late husband, she and best friend Rose reminisce about what might have been.

The Barbican, James Newby – Rising Star. YouTube, 53mins.

Listen to talented young baritone artist James Newby, Barbican Rising Star nominee. James is making waves with his mature and communicative singing voice.

Talking News Foundation (TNF): Soundings, Nature Notes special edition – feeding garden birds. Audio recording, 4mins.

Learn all about feeding garden birds, how to position bird feeders and the breeds they can attract.

RNIB: Read On, The audio book show. Podcast, 58mins.

In the latest episode hear from Journalist Saba Salman, author Sarah Waters and children’s author Caroline Lawrence.


Keep Active with AD

Touchdown Dance – Movement with ball, YouTube, 15mins. Audio-described exercise.

Here’s a gentle movement session you can enjoy outside or indoors. Just make sure you have space for a small ball (a small cushion or small soft toy will do) to pass between both hands. Seated or standing this is great for exercise and relaxation.

Sense Active, Seated Yoga – audio only. Monday 25 January – Monday 12 April 2021. Every Monday, phone call session with no tech required.

Complete simple yoga routines whilst seated. Suitable for adults 50+.


AD on TV

Our selection of the week’s TV programmes with audio-description.

Thursday 25th February

Discovering: Greta Garbo, Sky Arts, 10am.

Life, BBC2, 3.30pm.

Stand Up and Deliver, Channel 4, 9pm.

Hollywood Couples: Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, Sky Arts, 10.40pm.


Friday 26th February

Treasures of the British Library, Sky Arts, 12pm.

Discovering: Vivien Leigh, Sky Arts, 2pm

Soundbreaking: Painting with Sound, Sky Arts, 8pm

Grayson’s Art Club, Channel 4, 8pm

Raiders of the Lost Past, BBC2, 9pm


Saturday 27th February

Discovering: Charlie Chaplin, Sky Arts, 11am.

Jane Austen – Behind Closed Doors, BBC2, 1.25pm.

Film Brideshead Revisited, BBC2, 2.25pm.

Film Star Trek Into Darkness, Channel 4, 6.30pm.

Full Steam Ahead, BBC4, 7pm.

Billy Connolly – Made in Scotland, BBC2, 9pm.


Sunday 28th February

Film The Lost World – Jurassic Park, ITV, 2.05pm.

The Americas with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 6pm.

Attenborough’s Life in Colour, BBC1, 7pm.

Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey, ITV3, 7.30pm.

Film Eddie the Eagle, Channel 4, 6.55pm.

Britain’s Ancient Capital – Secrets of Orkney, BBC4, 8pm.

Charley Boorman – Ireland to Sydney, BBC4, 9pm.

The Savoy, ITV3, 9pm.


Monday 1st March

National Treasures – The Art of Collecting, Sky Arts, 12pm.

The Nine to Five with Stacey Dooley, BBC2, 2.30pm.

Mary Berry Everyday, BBC2, 7pm.

Coast – The great Guide, BBC4, 8pm.

Mystery of Lost Paintings, Sky Arts, 8pm.

The Story of Welsh Art, BBC4, 9pm.


Tuesday 2nd March

Escape to the Perfect Town, BBC1, 3pm.

Secret Safari, Channel 4, 8pm.

DNA, Family Secrets, BBC2, 9pm.

Hattie, BBC4, 9pm.


Wednesday 3rd March

My Hero – Miranda Hart on Eric Morecambe, BBC2, 8pm.

Armada – 12 Days to Save England BBC4, 8pm.

Fergie’s Killer Dresser – The Jane Andrews Story, ITV, 9pm.


Photo credit: Emily Nuttall, Northern Ballet