Sally Booth leads a creative sculpture workshop at Leeds Art Gallery, for VocalEyes and Art UK Sculpture

The Interval #48

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

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.


Coming Soon

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!


AD on TV

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