Publicity image from Hymn, actors Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani.

The Interval #46

Welcome to The Interval, edition #46, Vocaleyes weekly listings of online accessible arts and culture.

Online events in the next two weeks

The Staying Inn: Ruth Madeley and Adam Pearson. Saturday 6th March, 8pm. Free, on Zoom, 75mins.

Head to the accessible, virtual pub and join Ruth & Adam, who will share their experiences as disabled actors and broadcasters, followed by a Q&A. Register by joining the mailing list, then you will receive the Zoom link.

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, Art from the Americas. Thursday 11th March, 11am Pacific Time, 8pm GMT. On Zoom.

Pre-register here for this descriptive tour of Art from the Americas led by docent Charlotte Read.

Cover Up! – Blind Aid Art exhibition. Friday 12th March, 7:30pm. On Zoom.

Audio-described exhibition. Find out how artists have transformed a blank surgical mask using paint, drawing, sculpture, embroidery and even transcribing lyrics and poetry on them. Contact Clarissa for more details on [email protected] or 07735 091244; or join the Zoom meeting.

4 Tales to Save the World. A Sound World Experience Box Set and online Q&A event. Saturday 13th March 8pm. Tickets from £16.76.

Welsh singer-songwriter and storyteller, Gwilym Morus-Baird has created this immersive Sound World experience in response to the current climate crisis. Book by Thursday 4th March to receive the specially created box set of postcards and download codes to recordings of the music. Then join the live Q&A session with the artist and authors of the works. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite.

Almeida Theatre, Hymn – on demand. Audio-described play, available now until Thursday 11th March. £15 +optional donation.

Another chance to see Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play, asking what it takes to be a good father, brother, or son.

Emilia, Audio-described play, available now until Wednesday 31st March. Pay-what-you-can tickets.

Another chance to watch the archive recording of this Olivier award-winning play. Recorded at the Vaudeville theatre in May 2019.

Celebrate women’s voices through the story of this trailblazing, forgotten woman. 400 years ago, Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn’t. Could she have been the “Dark Lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets? What of her own poems? Why was her story erased from history?

Coming Soon

Mindful Poetry – a course for blind and visually impaired people with Dr Beverley Duguid. 8 sessions starting on Saturday 20th March, 11am – 1pm. Free, on Zoom.

In this exciting new course, you’ll learn the basics of mindfulness, discover the benefits of journaling, write your own poems, and meet other like-minded people! Book your place today by contacting [email protected]

PECo Theatre,  The City of Threads. Podcast.

An exciting, new, immersive podcast launches on 25th March. Created by a team of Bristol-based visually impaired and sighted artists, follow their journeys into the city of Bristol and discover a treasure trove of insights and shared experiences from the usually unheard stories of visually impaired citizens. More information on their newsletter and PECo’s website.


Watch/listen anytime

Waldy and Bendy’s Adventures in Art. Podcast, approx. 50mins.

Sunday Times Art Critic Waldemar Januszczak (Woldy) and Bendor Grosvenor (Bendy) TV presenter and Art Historian look at interesting things in the art world during lockdown. The latest episode features an interview with our Chair Jo Wood talking all about museum access for blind and visually impaired people.

Royal Exchange Theatre, A Funny Thing Happened in Isolation. Audio-described, YouTube, 42mins.

Containing themes of silliness and irreverence, a funny, gentle, slightly ridiculous love-letter to the theatre! Following a small theatre troupe in Greater Manchester to see how they would adapt to the ‘new normal’.

University of Leicester, Listening in Lockdown

Listening in Lockdown invites you to consider how everyday sounds have changed during these unprecedented times. Take time to pause and reflect on the interactive sounds of creativity, learning, work, nature, play & technology.

This is an experimental piece that University of Leicester’s international, distributed group of Museum Studies students compiled in just three weeks from a standing start, collaborating totally online.

Shoot Festival, Shut Down But Scratching: Imagine. Audio-described, YouTube, 1hr 48mins.

Showcasing music, folk tales, theatre, spoken word, visual art, and a binaural quest for loo roll! In partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Supported by Ludic Rooms and Coventry Artspace.

National Theatre of Scotland, Scenes for Survival: Disco with Mum. Audio-described, YouTube, 17mins.

Isolating in their separate homes during lockdown and coming to terms with a recent bereavement, a mother and daughter reflect on happier times while contemplating an uncertain future for their family. Planning the playlist for a virtual disco becomes a cathartic exploration of grief, defiance and hope, and a celebration of the healing power of music.

BBC Sounds, The Battersea Poltergeist. Podcast, 11 episodes, from 20mins to 40mins.

Listen to the true story of one of Britain’s’ strangest hauntings. Reinvestigating a paranormal cold case through a thrilling mix of drama and documentary.

BBC Sounds, In Touch – Can’t See Will Cook. Podcast, 11mins.

Find out how partially sighted Ben Merrick uses good kitchen skills to cook a delicious spicy Thai Chicken Curry. 11mins.

Talking News Foundation (TNF), Soundings – St David’s Day.

Learn about the traditions to celebrate Wales’ patron saint on 1st March each year.


AD on TV

Thursday 4th March

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, ITV4, 12.25pm.

Discovering- Judy Garland, Sky Arts, 2pm.

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 3pm.

Video Killed the Radio Star – David Bowie, Sky Arts, 4.30pm.

Harry Potter – A History of Magic, BBC2, 7pm.

Film: Taken 2, ITV4, 9pm.


Friday 5th March

Video Killed the Radio Star – The Cure, Sky Arts, 5pm.

Discovering: Gary Cooper, Sky Arts, 6pm.

Soundbreaking, Sky Arts, 8pm.

MasterChef, BBC1, 8.05pm.

Film: Kingsman – The Secret Service, E4, 9pm.


Saturday 6th March

DNA Family Secrets, BBC2, 12.45pm.

Film: The Ipcress File, BBC2, 1pm.

Himalaya with Michael Palin, BBC4, 8pm.

Vikings, BBC4, 10.40pm.

White Riot, Sky Arts, 11pm.

Film: Die Another Day, ITV, 11.05pm.


Sunday 7th March

Film: Jurassic Park III, ITV, 1.40pm.

Film: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Channel 4, 3.20pm.

Film: The House with a Clock in its Walls, ITV2, 4.20pm.

Treasures of the British Library, Sky Arts, 5pm.

River Monsters, ITV4, 5.25pm.

Film: The Hunger Games – Mocking Jay Part 1, E4, 6.40pm.

A History of Ancient Britain, BBC4, 9pm.


Monday 8th March

1066 – A Year to Conquer England, BBC2, 2pm.

Jimmy McGovern – Moving On, BBC1, 2.15pm.

Further Back in Time for Dinner, BBC2, 3pm.

Discovering: Natalie Wood, Sky Arts, 6pm.

Agatha Christies Poirot, ITV3, 6pm.

Fake or Fortune, BBC4, 8pm.

The Story of Welsh Art, BBC4, 9pm.

Film: The Matrix Reloaded, ITV4, 9pm.

Women in Film, BBC Introducing Arts, BBC4, 10pm.

Hatton Garden, ITV3, 10pm.

Film: Absolutely Fabulous – The Movie, BBC4, 11.30pm.


Tuesday 9th March

Discovering: Spencer Tracey, Sky Arts, 6pm.

The Hairy Bikers – Northern Exposure, BBC2, 7pm.

For The Love of Britain, ITV, 7.30pm.

Giant Lobster Hunters, ITV4, 8pm.

Film: Firefox, ITV4, 10.55pm.


Wednesday 10th March

The Wonder of Animals, BBC2, 4.45pm.

Discovering: James Mason, Sky Arts, 6pm.

Inside the Factory, BBC2, 8pm.

Heathrow – Britain’s Busiest Airport, ITV, 8pm.

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 9pm.

DNA Journey, ITV, 9pm.

Elizabeth 1 Secret Agent, BBC4, 10.30pm.

The History of Comedy, Sky Arts, 11pm.


You can catch up on many of these programmes on BBCiPlayer, ITV Hub and All 4.


Image description: Publicity image from Hymn, on-demand play at the Almeida Theatre. The actors Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani look at the camera and smile. Adrian Lester is a black man in his 50s with short black curly hair. Danny Sapani is also a black man in his 50s, with a full beard; his hair and beard are black with patches of white. Both wear black t-shirts. The background is a neutral dark brown colour.