Hello and welcome to The Interval, edition #48, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible art and culture. There’s hope for the re-opening of theatres, museums and heritage venues in the not-too-distant future, but in the meantime here are the online events to enjoy.
Featured: Sculpture Audio Recordings
Art UK: 25 audio-described sculptures from around the country. Audio, from 2mins to 5mins.
Listen now! A bumper playlist of 25 artwork audio descriptions, created for the Art UK Sculpture project is now online. As project partners, we collaborated with 25 brilliant museums and galleries across the UK to produce descriptions of their highlight sculptures. Delve into a diversity of artists, regions, eras and mediums. We hope you enjoy!
Online Events in the next two weeks
Stratford Circus: E15 Jazz Sessions online with The Robert Mitchell Quartet. Friday 19th March, 9pm; Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March, 3pm and 9pm. Tickets £10 + £3 booking fee. Available via Stream.theatre.
Recorded live last year, the show will feature contemporary classical jazz and original poetry inspired by the rapid political change in the atmosphere in recent times.
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 Wednesday 17th March. Captioned version of the film also available.
Wallace Collection, Spring: Live audio description session. Tuesday 23 March, 11am.zree, on Zoom.
Join Karly Allen to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Find out about The Infant Jupiter with the Nymphs on Mount Ida by Nicholas Berchem and Venus as Spring, a French bronze sculpture, through detailed description.
Mercury Theatre, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Tuesday 23rd to 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.
National Gallery, Art Through Words: George Stubbs’ The Milbanke and Melbourne Families. Thursday 25th March, 10:30am. Free, on Zoom.
Join Caroline Smith and Anna Murray to hear about George Stubbs’ ‘The Milbanke and Melbourne Families’. Please book a ticket to access the Zoom event. A joining link will be sent in your confirmation email.
Orange Tree Theatre, Inside. Thursday 26th March, 7:30pm. Touch tour at 7pm. Audio-described livestream performance, tickets from £10.
World premier of three short plays, looking at the lives of three women forgotten by the world but not by themselves. Audio described by VocalEyes.
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. Audio described by VocalEyes.
Old Vic: In Camera, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th April, audio-described and captioned, livestream on Zoom, for ages 6+. Running time approx. 2 hours.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary of publication, this Olivier award-nominated adaptation inventively transforms the story into a semi-staged pint-size version to keep young (and older) minds entertained, enchanted and empowered with its central message of protecting the planet.
Watch / listen / read anytime
Audio description and dance. Article on VocalEyes website.
VocalEyes audio-describer Bridget Crowley is retiring. Read her article reflecting on the highs, lows, and future of audio-described dance.
Audio Description of 12 Lockdown Pictures. Podcast, from 1:30mins to 3mins per description.
These 12 paintings were created via Zoom and video sharing with current and former Ballet Cymru dancers from July to November 2020.
A Night of Mischief Making. Article on VocalEyes website.
Read Glen’s review of Mischief Movie Night In with audio description.
Sadlers Wells: No Theatre Should be Empty. Audio-described video, YouTube, 2mins.
Marking the one-year anniversary of theatres closing due to the pandemic. Here’s a message from Sadlers Wells who can’t wait to open again and share the magic of live theatre and dance.
National Theatre of Scotland, Scenes for Survival: Credo. Audio-described, YouTube, 8 mins.
A reading of Liz Lochhead’s witty, uplifting manifesto on the art of theatre-making.
That’ll be the Day. Podcast, approx. 25min per episode.
Tom Walker talks to visually impaired people about their lives and gives them the time to tell their story. The latest episode features Lucy Edwards, talking about her success on social media, working in television and presenting a live show on Radio 1.
Graeae and Disability Arts Online Podcast: Disability And… Podcast, approx. 30mins.
In the latest episode, Colin Hambrook chats with writer and performance poet, Allan Sutherland, about the launch of ‘Electric Bodies’ – a collection of poems based on the lives of eight disabled artists. More episodes online.
BBC Radio 3, Sound of Cinema. Podcast, approx. 1h.
A series of programmes exploring film and music.
TNF Soundings, St Patrick’s Day. Audio, 3mins.
Find out how Ireland’s patron saint is celebrated each year on 17th March each year.
TNF Soundings, Spring Blossoms. Audio, 7mins.
Looking forward to spring and how the National Trust is encouraging people to take time to admire the blossom this year.
The Happy Hour from Radio 1. Radio programme, 1h.
Enjoy an hour of positive songs to help lift your mood!
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A selection of TV programmes with audio description for the week ahead.
Thursday 18th March
Charles Dickens and the Invention of Christmas, BBC2, 2pm
The Eighties, Sky Arts, 3pm
Video Killed the Radio Star – Synth Years, Sky Arts, 4.30pm
Discovery Film – Gene Kelly, Sky Arts, 6pm
Yorkshire Wolds Way, BBC4, 7.10pm
A Wild Year, BBC2, 8pm
The Secret Science of Sewage, BBC2, 8pm
Mark Kermodes Secrets of Cinema, BBC4, 10.15pm
The Story of Welsh Art, BBC4, 11.15pm
Friday 19th March
Treasures of The British Library, Sky Arts, 12pm
Video Killed the Radio Star – Aretha Franklin, Sky Arts, 4.30pm
Discovery Film – Rita Hayworth, Sky Arts, 6pm
Our Lives, BBC2, 7.30pm
Grayson’s Art Club, Channel 4, 8pm
Pilgrimage, BBC2, 8pm
Soundbreaking, Sky Arts, 8pm
Film Hulk, ITV4, 8pm
Film Maps to the Stars, BBC2, 11.20pm
Saturday 20th March
Around the World in 80 Gardens, BBC2, 11am
Earths Greatest Rivers, BBC2, 4pm
Film The Sea Wolves, ITV4, 4pm
The Queens Lost Family, Channel 4, 7pm
The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, Channel 4, 8pm
The Go-Go’s Sky Arts, 9pm
Film The Terminator 2 Judgement Day, ITV, 11.05pm
Sunday 21st March
Rick Steins India, BBC2, 11.30am
A Taste of Italy, Channel 4, 12.30pm
Film Minions, ITV, 2.45pm
Twiggy: The Face of the 60’s, Sky Arts, 3pm
Film Wonder, Channel 4, 3.20pm
Film Madagascar, E4, 5.10pm
The Yorkshire Dales and Lakes, Channel 4, 6.05pm
The NHS: To Provide all People, BBC4, 8pm
Queen Elizabeth: Love, Honour and Crown, Channel 4, 9pm
Line of Duty, BBC1, 9pm
Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse, BBC4, 9pm
Monday 22nd March
National Treasures: The Art of Collection, Sky Arts, 12pm
Earth: The Power of the Planet, BBC2, 2pm
Natures Great Events, BBC2, 2pm
Video Killed the Radio Star – Billy Joel, Sky Arts, 4.30pm
Discovery Film – Sophia Loren, Sky Arts, 6pm
Mystery of the Lost Paintings, Sky Arts, 8pm
Fake or Fortune, BBC4, 8pm
Andre Rieu: Love in Venice, Sky Arts, 9pm
Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure, BBC4, 10.20pm
Tuesday 23rd March
Video Killed the Radio Star – Tina Turner, Sky Arts, 6pm
Discovery Film – Kirk Douglas, Sky Arts, 6pm
Hairy Bikers: Route 66, BBC2, 7pm
Kate Garraway’s Finding Derek, ITV, 9pm
Gravity and the Force that Shapes our Lives, BBC4, 10pm
Wednesday 24th March
Discovering Film – Bette Davis, Sky Arts, 6pm
Lucy Worsley’s Royal Palace Secrets, BBC4, 8pm
This is My House, BBC1, 9pm
DNA Journey, ITV, 9pm
Film Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, E4, 9pm
Image description: Sally Booth leads a creative sculpture workshop at Leeds Art Gallery, for VocalEyes and Art UK Sculpture