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]
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.
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.
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
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.
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