Publicity image for Dead Poets Live, writer James Leverare and actor Juliet Stevenson

The Interval #47

Welcome to The Interval, edition #47, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. Please share amongst your friends and networks, and you can now hear fortnightly highlights on RNIB Connect radio too.

Online events in the next two weeks

A Shakespeare’s Globe production, Dead Poets Live. Available now until Monday 5th April. Audio-described film, free with registration, 67mins.

Olivier award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson CBE reads one of the most original poets of the 20th century, Stevie Smith from the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Marking the 50th anniversary of Smith’s death, Juliet Stevenson brings the British poet to life in a new film that draws on her letters and prose, and includes Smith’s own illustrations.

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

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 simply 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. Join the live Q&A session with the artist and authors of the works. Get your tickets today on Eventbrite.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York. Concorde: Flying with Style. Tuesday 16th March, 2-3:30pm ET, 7-8:30pm GMT; or Thursday 18th March, 5:30pm-7pm ET, 10:30pm-12am GMT. Free.

Learn about the British Airways Concorde on a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic aircraft. Through verbal description, oral histories, music, and audio recordings, explore the history, engineering and luxury of this supersonic passenger jet!

Register by emailing [email protected] and include which session you are registering for.

Eye Matter, Comedy Extravaganza. Tuesday 16th March, 6-8pm. Free, on Zoom.

A night of laughter with comedians Jon Long and Lou Irvine. For more information, call Suzy on 0752 326 6421 or email [email protected]; or join the Zoom meeting.

Sense Adventures, Virtual Experiences: Creative writing workshop with Megan Paul. Wednesday 17th March, 7-9pm. £10, on Zoom.

Spring is in the air and it’s the theme for this month’s session. Register by phone on 01684 891796 or email [email protected].

Chichester Festival Theatre, Facing the Music: Philip Quast. Wednesday 17th March, 7pm.  Tickets from £10, streamed event.

Renowned for his interpretation of Javert in Les Misérables in Sydney and London, Philip Quast joins writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson to discuss his life in musical theatre, illustrated by treasured recordings.

Northern Ballet, What Used To, No Longer Is. Friday 19th March. Audio-described, pay-what-you-can tickets.

Olivier award-winning ballet artist Mthuthuzeli November makes his choreographic debut with Northern Ballet. This new work explores the evolution of life, the passing of time and the human response to the beauty of an ever-growing life, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

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 will 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].

Donmar Warehouse, Assembly. Saturday 20th March, 7:30pm. Audio introduction. Free, YouTube (approx. 1 hour).

Imagine having the future in your hands. Mixing live performance, animation and sound, Assembly looks at the impact of humans on nature and what we might build together for a better future.

Audio introduction available to download from Wednesdays 17th March. Captioned version of the film also available.

Mercury Theatre, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Tuesday 23rd – Wednesday 31st March. Audio-described show, £12.

A brand-new adaptation that brings Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps! In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade.


Coming Soon

Lip Service Theatre, Chateau Ghoul Zoom event. Wednesday 31st March, 2pm & 7:30pm. Thursday 1st April, 2pm & 7:30pm. Audio-described by Minds Eye, streamed from The Met, Bury. £15. The show is approx. 1 hour.

Château Ghoul is East Yorkshire’s go-to boutique hotel offering themed weekends. Our hosts Brian and Brenda Binns, or B&B as they are known, introduce a cornucopia of events. Guaranteed fun for all the family, the only trouble is – the guests keep dying… This is a multimedia haunted house thriller.

BSL and captioning also available.


Watch/Listen Anytime

Celebrating Women, a part – contemporary dance film by Hubble Bubble in association with Lîla Dance. Audio-described by Di Langford. YouTube, 10mins.

Showcasing two of the UK’s most experienced disabled female dancers, Suzie Birchwood and Laura Jones (Stopgap Dance Company) in a work that celebrates the art of wheelchair dancing. Featuring intricate choreography with a backdrop of graffiti art, sharp shooting, fast-paced editing invites you to think differently and celebrate new female icons.

BBC Sounds, Radio 3: The Essay – Shakespeare’s Sisters. Podcast, 14 mins.

Learn about the stories of five women whose success was overshadowed by their famous brothers. Episodes include Maria Ana Mozart.

Southbank Centre, Think Aloud, Teju Cole: On Blind Spot and Human Fragility.  Soundcloud, 24mins.

Published in 2017, Teju Cole’s Blind Spot brought together the author’s passions for photography and the written word. In this recorded discussion he talks about the unexpected connections between the visual world and written word and offers a guide to seeing in our troubled times.

Poetry Foundation, reading of I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (“Daffodils”). Approx. 1min.

Spring is in the air and the daffodils are starting to flower. Listen to William Wordsworth’s iconic poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (“Daffodils”).

BBC Radio 3, This Classical Life. Podcast, 29mins.

Listen to the music show for people who like classical and other stuff too, hosted by Jess Gillam. Latest episode features soprano Alexandra Oomens talking about Handel, Janacek, and Marilyn Monroe.

AD artwork

Marcus by Richard Phoenix. Audio-described video. YouTube, 2mins.

Listen to Caroline Dawson’s audio description of Richard Phoenix’s painting of Marcus.

Study of a Young Woman by Johannes Vermeer. Audio-described video. YouTube, approx. 2mins.

Audio description by Kelly Warren, Mind’s Eye Audio Productions. Find out more about the artwork in this detailed description.

Tate, Loveday and Ann: Two Women with a Basket of Flowers by Frances Hodgkins. Audio described video. YouTube, 6mins.

Audio description by Bridget Crowley. Listen to a detailed description of the painting and learn more about how the artist made the work.

Gallery Oldham, Raindrop to Corporation Pop. Online exhibition, approx. 1h 21mins.

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition with this audio descriptive guide produced by Anne Hornsby at Minds Eye. The exhibition explores different aspects of water from its impact on Oldham to its value as a resource and the appeal of water for leisure activities. Individual tracks describe an object, painting or piece of natural history.

AD on TV

Here’s a selection of TV programmes with audio-description for the week ahead.

Thursday 11th March

Tales of the Unexpected, Sky arts, 1pm

Discovering Film – James Mason, Sky Arts, 2pm

The Wonder of Animals, BBC2, 4.45pm

Video Killed the Radio Star – Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Sky Arts, 5pm

Discovering Film – Marilyn Monroe, Sky Arts, 6pm

The Hairy Bikers – Northern Exposure, BBC2, 7pm

Return to Dunblane with Lorraine Kelly, ITV, 9pm

Film Mrs Browns Boys D’Movie, BBC2, 11.30pm


Friday 12th March

Treasures of the British Library, Sky Arts, 12pm

Video Killed the Radio Star – Joe Strummer, Sky Arts, 4.30pm

Discovering Film – Frank Sinatra, Sky Arts, 6pm

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 7pm

Grayson’s Art Club, Channel 4, 8pm

Film Deadpool, E4, 9pm

Film The Matrix Unloaded, ITV 4, 9pm


Saturday 13th March

Around the World in 80 Gardens, BBC2, 10am

The Chronicles of Nadiya, BBC2, 12pm

Alaska: Earths Frozen Kingdom, BBC4, 7pm

The 80’s with Dominic Sandbrook, BBC2, 7pm

Film The Magnificent Seven, ITV4, 8pm

Vikings, BBC4, 10.25pm

Film A Fistful of Dynamite, ITV4, 10.40pm

Film Eagle Eye, 11.25pm BBC1


Sunday 14th March

Film Happy Feet, ITV2, 2pm

Film Singing in the Rain, BBC2, 2.35pm

Film The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2, E4, 6.25pm

Grace, ITV, 8pm

Brazil with Michael Palin, BBC2, 8pm

Twin Sisters – A World Apart, BBC4, 9pm


Monday 15th March

National Treasures- The Art of Collecting, Sky Arts, 12pm

Great Expectations, BBC2, 2pm

Video Killed the Radio Star – Elton John, Sky Arts, 4.30pm

Discovering Film – Elizabeth Taylor, Sky Arts, 6pm

Mystery of the Lost Painting, Sky Arts, 8pm

Fake or Fortune, BBC4, 8pm

The Story of Welsh Art, BBC4, 9pm

Quiz, ITV3, 10pm

Two Sisters: One Body, Channel 4, 10.35pm


Tuesday 16th March

Mario Lanza – The Best of Everything, Sky Arts, 7.15am

Video Killed the Radio Star – Blur, Sky Arts, 4,30pm

Discovering Film – Marlon Brando, Sky Arts, 6pm

For the Love of Britain, ITV, 7.30pm

Bear Grylls Wild Adventure, ITV, 8pm

2020 The Story of Us, ITV, 9pm

Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency, BBC1, 9pm

Irelands Treasures Uncovered, BBC4, 9pm


Wednesday 17th March

Video Killed the Radio Star- Human League, Sky Arts, 4.30pm

Discovering Film – Audrey Hepburn, Sky Arts, 6pm

Armada: 12 Days to Save England, BBC4, 8pm

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 9pm

Caroline Flack: Her Life and Death, Channel 4, 9pm

The Terror, BBC2, 9pm

The Surrogates, BBC1, 10.45pm

The History of Comedy, Sky Arts, 11pm


Image description: Publicity image for Dead Poets Live at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. A bird’s-eye view of the candlelit playhouse, where writer James Leverare and actor Juliet Stevenson sit on a chair and an armchair, holding pieces of paper.