Publicity image for Outside, at Orange Tree Theatre. Writers Bhattacharyya, Zoe Cooper and Kalungi Ssebandeke; and director Georgia Green.

The Interval #51

Welcome to The Interval #51, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.

Coming up in the next two weeks

Tate comes to Croydon VisionThursday 8th April, 4pm. Facebook Live Event.

Join guest speaker Marcus Dickey-Horley, Curator of Access and Special Projects at Tate. Find out about Audio Description and Touch Tours, making museums and art accessible.

Dame Maggie Smith and Kathleen Turner – In Conversation with Gyles Brandreth, Thursday 8th April, 6:30pm. Streaming, £20.

Spend an evening with Kathleen and Maggie, two iconic actresses, as they compare notes and divulge secrets from two extraordinary journeys. From The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to The War of the Roses, from Friends to Harry Potter. Expect laughter (and perhaps a few tears) along with stories you have never heard before.

Old Vic In Camera, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th April. Audio-described and captioned. Livestream on Zoom, for ages 6+. Tickets from £10.

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. Running time approx. 2 hours.

Orange Tree Theatre, Outside, Friday 16th April, 7:30pm. Touch tour at 7pm. VocalEyes live audio-described performance. Tickets from £10.

World premiere of three short plays, presenting stories of connection in the darkness and coming together after so long apart.


Coming Soon

Bush Theatre, 2036. Thursday 22nd April, 8pm – Wednesday 28th April. Audio-description and captions available. Video on demand approx. 1hour. Tickets from £2.

Take a look with the world premiere of 2036, three exhilarating showcases from the next generation of theatre designers. Working with a team of writers, creatives and performers, the Project 2036 cohort have used design to tell the stories they want to tell. What will the theatre look like in 2036?


Watch/Listen/Read Anytime

We Are Extraordinary Bodies. Audio-described, YouTube, 2mins.

What am I Worth? was developed in 2018 after a year of Creative Exploration with communities in 10 locations across the UK and Ireland, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund and with residencies at the National Theatre’s New Work department. Featured artists: David Ellington, Amelia Cavallo, Alfa Marks. Audio described by Willie Elliot.

Arts United STL. Audio-described, YouTube 1hour 45mins.

From June 2020, watch an inspiring night of special performances from 16 St. Louis arts institutions featuring music, theatre, dance, and visual art.

Filament Theatre, Earth Makes No Sound, Digital remake. Audio-described, YouTube 23mins

Earth Makes No Sound is a  collaborative choral work inspired by the elements and the changes happening to our planet. Developed with Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble, members of the Roundhouse choir and our own Filament Theatre Chorus, it xplores the possibilities of dynamic choral singing and the relationship between voice, movement, harmony, body percussion and improvisation. Audio described by Jenni Elbourne.

Scottish Opera, Lammermuir Festival: The Diary of One Who Disappeared. Audio-described, YouTube 40mins.

Zápisník Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared is an unorthodox, unclassifiable work – but one that shows the composer at his most overtly sensual, in a timeless tale of illicit love and hot-headed seduction that shatter boundaries between cultures.

Sydney Opera House, Lighting of the Sails 2019. Audio-described, YouTube, 154mins.

Featuring the Austral Flora ballet.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History, The Gut-Brain Axis and How What We Eat Affects How We Feel. Podcast, 57 mins.

For Brain Awareness Week, Dr Phil Burnet (Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford) speaks about how the gut microbiome can affect mood and mental health.

TNF Soundings, Shakespeare’s Anniversary. Audio, 3 mins.

Commemorating Shakespeare’s 457th birthday on 23rd April 2021, this is a reminder of how many plays and poems he wrote, accompanied by a reading of one of his best loved sonnets, Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day.

National Theatre of Scotland, Scenes for Survival: Danni the Champion. Audio-described, YouTube, 15mins.

Young Danni isn’t like the other girls in town. She’d rather be watching drag races down at the airport or tearing about behind the wheel of her brother’s car, Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes blasting on the stereo. Bored of her life on the island and stifled by her passive-aggressive parents, she dreams of hitting the road and showing everyone what she can do. A powerful short from writer Iain Finlay Macleod, starring Francesca Taylor Coleman.

The British Museum Podcast, Delving into every aspect of the Museum. Podcast, 51 mins.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Great Court. Find out more about the building of this incredible space and learn about the history of chess and backgammon.

BBC Sounds, Popmaster. Podcast, 17 mins.

Still enjoying quizzing. Test your pop knowledge with the daily download of Ken Bruce’s tricky music quiz.


AD for all the family

Glasgow 2014, Introducing Clyde the Mascot. Audio-described, YouTube, 5mins.

Narrated by Billy Connolly, the story of Clyde, a cheeky wee thistle who has been nurtured by seafaring Scot, Captain Bristle. Find out how Clyde grows to tell the world about the Commonwealth Games and welcome to Glasgow the friends from all the far-flung destinations he had travelled to.

Imagine That! A music video with audio-description, YouTube, 4 mins.

Join Rena Strober and her imaginary friends as they go on adventures through the music of Sesame Street.


AD on TV

Our regular section on TV programmes with AD this week. Not an exhaustive list and programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.

Thursday 8th April

Nature’s Great Events, BBC2, 3.15pm

Discovering Film: Maureen O’Hara, Sky Arts, 6pm

Dragons Den, BBC1, 8pm

The Queen Unseen, ITV, 9pm

Film, The Elephant Man, BBC4, 9pm

Film, Romeo and Juliet, Sky Arts, 10pm

Friday 9th April

Auction, Sky Arts, 11.30am

Discovering Film: Edward G Robinson, Sky Arts, 6pm

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 7pm

Film, Live and Let Die, ITV4, 9pm

Saturday 10th April

Patagonia Earths Secret Paradise, BBC4, 7pm

Game of Talents, ITV, 7.30pm

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

Film, Pitch Perfect, ITV2, 9pm

Film, Rocky, ITV4, 9pm

Film, Rocky II, ITV4, 11.35pm

Sunday 11th April

Film, The Borrowers, ITV, 1.45pm

Film, Ben Hur, ITV4, 2.40pm

Film, How to Train your Dragon, Channel 4, 3.50pm

Film, The Magnificent Seven Ride, ITV4, 6.50pm

The British Garden: Life and Death of your Lawn, BBC4, 8pm

Climate Change, BBC2, 8pm

Australia: Earths Magical Kingdom, BBC2, 9pm

Monday 12th April

Discovering Film: Jack Lemmon, Sky Arts, 6pm

Fake or Fortune, BBC4, 8pm

Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World, BBC1, 9pm

Too Close, ITV, 9pm

The Incredible Story of Marie Antionette’s Watch with Nicholas Parsons, BBC4, 11.30pm

Tuesday 13th April

Too Close, ITV, 9pm

Discovering Film: Claudette Colbert, Sky Arts, 6pm

National Treasures: Art of Collecting, Sky Arts, 7pm

All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star, BBC2, 8pm

Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts, 8pm

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 9pm

Film, Rocky IV, ITV4, 9pm

Wednesday 14th April

The Repair Shop, BBC1, 8pm

The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC1, 9pm

Bent Coppers: Crossing the Line of Duty, BBC2, 9pm

Film, Rocky V, ITV4, 9pm

Too Close, ITV, 9pm


Image description: Publicity image for Outside, at Orange Tree Theatre. The image is divided in four blocks: two on the left side and two on the right side. They are separated by an orange rectangular block, with the word Outside in capital letters and split in two: OUT is situated horizontally at the top and can be read from left to right; and SIDE flipped vertically to read from top to bottom. Writers Deborah Bruce and Joel Tan appear on the left side; with writer Joe White and director Anna Himali Howard on the right side.