Publicity image for Inside, at Orange Tree Theatre. Writers Deborah Bruce, Joel Tan and Joe White, and director Anna Himali Howard

The Interval #49

Welcome to The Interval, #49, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. It’s incredible to think we are still in lockdown one year on, however brighter days are ahead with the passing of the Spring Equinox and easing of some restrictions coming soon!

Special Offer from The Royal Court

Royal Court Theatre, Living Newspaper Edition 3, Monday 29 March – Sunday 11 April. Audio-described. The front page is livestreamed from Royal Court on Mondays at 5:30pm.

Thanks to Royal Court we have a special ticket offer for you. Tickets £5 for Edition 3: enter the offer code VOCALEYES3

Edition 3 is a satirical take on what it means to be getting ‘back to normal’. Get the stories that matter to our writers delivered daily to your inbox. Each weekly edition of Living Newspaper will be shared online in the form of a newspaper, and new filmed content will be released every weekday.

Edition 4 available Tuesday 6 to Sunday 18 April, Edition 5 available from Monday 12 April, Edition 6 available from Monday 19 April. Full details about the Living Newspaper on the Royal Court website.

Events online in the next two weeks

Sense Adventures: Virtual Indian cookery, Thursday 25 March, 7:30m, £15, on Zoom

Learn about ​Keema pav, street food from Delhi. This delicious dish is minced lamb with peas eaten with buttered bread buns. Cook along or listen and cook later with Suki Pantal! Register by phone on 01684 891796 or email [email protected]

Shape Arts Exhibition: Unfolding Shrines

Available now, an augmented reality exhibition with audio description and BSL. Experienced via a free app, available on both iOS and Android devices or watch the film on the Unfolding Shrines website.

The show features the work of four artists, Jason Wilsher-MillsSophie HelfRebekah Ubuntu, and Uma Breakdown – and has been designed in collaboration with Hot Knife Digital Media.

Orange Tree Theatre, Inside, Friday 26 March, 7:30pm. Touch tour at 7pm. VocalEyes audio-described livestream performance, tickets from £10

World premiere of three short plays, looking at the lives of three women forgotten by the world but not by themselves. Audio described by VocalEyes.

Queer House Party, Friday 26 March, 9pm. Audio description and BSL. Free, on Zoom.

Queer House Party has a stunning line-up of 6 performers, from drag, to live music and back to drag again. It LITERALLY NEVER STOPS! Queer House Party a DJ collective, community platform, and an award-winning queer party that’s accessible, radical, DIY, and punk AF! BSL and captions also available.

The Staying Inn, Murder Mystery and Pizza Birthday Party. Saturday 27 March, 8-9:30pm.

Celebrate the accessible virtual pub’s first birthday by joining a murder mystery party You can either take part in the acting or just watch and join in for the party. Subscribe to receive the Zoom joining link for The Staying Inn.

Lip Service Theatre, Chateau Ghoul Zoom event. Wednesday 31 March and Thursday 1 April, 2pm. Audio-described by Minds Eye, streamed from The Met, Bury. £15. Duration: 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.

Coming Soon

Artes Mundi

International contemporary art exhibition and prize which takes place in Cardiff every two years. Includes a variety of events and creative projects for local communities to engage with during the exhibition.

This year features a series of audio-described tours and discussion. 1 hour, free, live on zoom.   Audio descriptions from Anne Hornsby will be available on the website after the events. Book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Wednesday 7 April at 12pm. Audio Describing Firelei Baez
Wednesday 2April at 12pm. Audio Describing Prabhakar Pachpute
Wednesday 5 May at 12pm. Audio Describing Beatriz Santiago Munoz
Wednesday 19 May at 12pm. Audio Describing Carrie Mae Weems
Wednesday 16 June at 12pm. Audio Describing Meiro Koizumi
Wednesday 30 June at 12pm. Audio Describing Dineo Seshee Bopape

Watch/Listen/Read Anytime

Make a Difference (MAD) Trust Charity single: I Dare You

This glorious collaboration marks the one-year anniversary since theatres were closed due to the pandemic. The Kelly Clarkson track is a perfect anthem to celebrate a community who may not have a stage but still have a voice.

BBC Sounds: Musicals Mix Tape

Prepare for the re-opening of theatres and listen to Craig Charles from Radio 2 who has put together this mix tape including Jay-Z, Beyonce, and The Roots among others.

Podcast: Seasonal Sensations. Episode 1 – Welcoming the Light

This new podcast helps you create a closer connection with nature through your senses. Each episode includes seasonal observations, a 5minute guided meditation in a mindful moment, and an activity for you to try using your senses.

Northern Stage: Shandyland (Pint Size), audio-described, YouTube, 7mins

This short film gives a taster of what is to come when Shandyland can eventually open having been cancelled twice due to covid-19. A story of life, love, death, and drink at the heart of a small, northern, family-run pub. Through this snapshot of Shandyland – you will meet some of the characters, feel the spirit of the pub where the play is set and get a taste of what makes it so special.

Homemakers: Learn Something New, Dear People of No Colour, available online until 1st August 2021. Audio introduction 5mins, Short film 9mins.

Reflecting on race and identity, when everyone is at home and there’s no need to be competitive, but that doesn’t mean suddenly the playing field is level. Written and performed by Esosa Ighodaro.

National Theatre of Scotland: Scenes for Survival, How we Roll. Audio-described, YouTube, 9mins

In a heartfelt meditation on the passing of time, an ageing mother casts her mind back through the years, remembering the fun and games of her daughter’s childhood and marvelling at how quickly the innocence seemed to be lost.

Southbank Centre: Pitch and Mix at Unlimited Festival, audio described, YouTube 1hr 25mins. #

This event hosted by Sam Renke took place in January 2021 and features artists Jonny Cotsen, Anna Berry, Nwando Ebizie and Sophie Hoyle pitching their work and taking questions from the audience.

National Paralympic Heritage Centre, YouTube, 38mins

A walk through of the virtual tour at the National Paralympic Heritage Centre, Stoke Mandeville. Bringing the Paralympic story to life and challenging negative perceptions of disability.

Blind Gardening: I Tried to Be The Blind ‘Gangsta Gardener’ Let’s Plant Veg, YouTube, 7mins

Lucy Edwards loves to garden and shares some tips for accessible planting.

BBC Sounds – The Forum: Adventures with Dentures.

Learn about the history of dentistry, the early roots of a profession we all rely on.

Out of Sight. YouTube, 5mins, Audio-described. An animation by Ya-Ting Yu, Ya-Hsuan Yeh, and Ling Chung, three students at the National Taiwan University of the Arts.

AD on TV

A selection of TV programmes with audio-description. Don’t forget you can always catch up on BBCiPlayer, ITV Hub or More 4.

Thursday 25 March

Earth: The Power of the Planet, BBC2, 2pm

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 3pm

Video Killed the Radio Star: Billy Idol, Sky Arts, 4.30pm

The Wonder of Animals, BBC2, 4.45pm

Discovering Film: Clark Gable, Sky Arts, 6pm

Sort Your Life Out, BBC1, 8pm

Black Power: A British Story of Resistance, BBC2, 9pm

Taskmaster, Channel 4, 9pm

Film Conan the Barbarian, ITV4, 10.30pm

Friday 26 March

Treasures of The British Library, Sky Arts, 12pm

Video Killed the Radio Star: Lou Reed, Sky Arts, 6pm

Discovering Film, James Stewart, Sky Arts, 6pm

Soundbreaking, Sky Arts, 8pm

Grayson’s Art club, Channel 4, 8pm

Film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, E4, 9pm

Film Detroit, BBC2, 11.20pm

Film La La Land, BBC1, 11.35pm

Saturday 27 March

Earths Seasonal Secrets, BBC2, 11am

Recipes that Made Me, BBC1, 11.30am

Simply Raymond Blanc, ITV, 11.40am

The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook, BBC2, 7pm

The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, Channel 4, 8pm

Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom, BBC4, 7pm

Keeping Faith, BBC1, 9pm

Film Safe House, ITV, 10.15pm

Sunday 28 March

Film: Two Weeks Notice, ITV, 1.45pm

My Mum Tracy Beaker, BBC1, 2pm

Classic Albums: Phil Collins – Face Value, Sky Arts, 5pm

Film: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, ITV2, 4pm

Seven Worlds, One Planet, BBC1, 4.30pm

Film Wonder Woman, ITV2, 6.15pm

Horizon, BBC4, 9pm

Line of Duty, BBC1, 9pm

Joanna Lumley’s India, ITV3, 9pm

Film The Men Who Stare at Goats, BBC2, 11pm

Monday 29 March

800 Words, BBC1, 2.30pm

Johnny Briggs: Coronation Street Legend, ITV, 8pm

Fake or Fortune, BBC4, 8pm

Mystery of Lost Paintings, Sky Arts, 8pm

Finding Jack Charlton, BBC2, 9pm

Art of France, BBC4, 10.45pm

Film Rush Hour, ITV4, 11.05pm

Tuesday 30 March

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Britain’s Tiger Kings: On the Trail with Ross Kemp

Treasures of Anglo Saxons, BBC4, 9pm

The Syndicate, BBC1, 9pm

Catching Britain’s Killers, BBC4, 10pm

Wednesday 31 March

Video Killed the Radio Star: Bjork, Sky Arts, 4.30pm

Discovering Film: Lana Turner, Sky Arts, 6pm

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 9pm

Film Cop Land, ITV4, 10.10pm

The History of Comedy, Sky Arts, 11pm

Image: Publicity image for Inside, at Orange Tree Theatre. Writers Deborah Bruce, Joel Tan and Joe White, and director Anna Himali Howard