Actors Jonadette Carpio and Stephanie Wake-Edwards as the two sides of Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins. Both women are dressed in black and looking directly looking at the camera with sombre expressions

The Interval #52

Welcome to The Interval, #52, VocalEyes listings of accessible arts and culture online.

Next two weeks

Sense Adventures, Eat Like a Champion with VI Paralympic winner Lora Fachie MBE. Thursday, 15th April 6:30pm. £15, on Zoom.

Lora shares tips for cooking one pot dishes as a blind person and as an athlete in training for Tokyo. This week’s recipe is 5 spice beef stir-fry. Cook along or listen and cook later. Book your place by calling Dee on 07920 144614.

Southbank Centre, Serenades and a Symphony. Thursday 15th April, 7:30pm. Available to buy until Thursday 15th July. £12. Approx. 90mins.

Two home-grown soloists join the Philharmonia Orchestra in a beguiling selection of works by Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams.

Royal Opera House: The Seven Deadly Sins / Mahagonny Songspiel. Friday 16th April, 7:30pm. Audio-described by VocalEyes and Sightlines. Livestream, available on demand until 9th May. £10.

Re-imagining Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s two darkly satirical operas in a timely comment on gender politics. The Seven Deadly Sins is a witty, satirical sung ballet. The work in seven scenes, questioning the reality of the women we encounter and the ways in which they are constructed for online consumption. Mahagonny Songspiel is a concentrated musical and dramatic encapsulation of the story about the rise to prominence and fall into decadence of an imaginary city founded on vice. The introductory notes are now available online on VocalEyes website.

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. Learn more about the play by reading this article from the Orange Tree Theatre Literary Associate, Guy Jones. 

Sense Adventures Workshops, Make Sense of Tech with Patrick Adams. Saturday 17th April, 10:30am. Zoom. Free with donations to Sense Adventures costs welcomed.

Sharing experiences of all things technical, this workshop explores how to use the mobility Soundscape app step-by-step and a chance to talk about other navigation apps. Book your place by calling Dee on 07920 144614.

Sense Adventures, Creative Writing Workshop with Megan Paul, Tuesday 20th April, 7-9pm. Zoom, £10.

Join this lively group as Megan teases out the wordsmiths amongst us. This month’s theme is Flash Fiction. Book your place by calling Dee on 07920 144614.

Sense Adventures, Indian cookery with Suki, Thursday 22nd April, 7pm. Zoom, £15.

Suki shares her traditional family recipes and tips for cooking authentic Indian food, this session focusses on a selection of vegetarian dishes. Cook along or listen and cook later. Book your place by calling Dee on 07920 144614.

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?

Two Temple Place, Online audio-described building tour. Saturday 24th April, 2pm. On Zoom, free – booking required.

Join the virtual tour led by VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans. Two Temple Place is a spectacular neo-Gothic mansion and architectural fantasia completed in 1895 for William Waldorf Astor.


Watch/Listen/Read Anytime

Well Eye Never, Audio Description – My First Experiences by Glen Turner. YouTube, 18 mins.

Get first-hand insights into Glen’s first experiences of audio-description when he moved to London in 2017 including theatres, museums, galleries and even walking tours. If you are new to audio-description then this video gives an insight in to what you can expect when our theatres, museums and heritage venues re-open.

Young Vic, 2020: Even At Our Age. Audio-described, YouTube, 24mins.

A dark and mischievous take on game shows and secret societies. Host of Saturday night game show Even at Our Age disappears, and four contestants are interrogated. A Young Vic Taking Part Film in partnership with Blackfriars Settlement.

Amici Dance Theatre Company, Tightrope. Audio-described, YouTube, 1hour 45mins.

Recorded at Lyric Hammersmith in 2010, released for the company’s 40th anniversary in 2020. This spectacular show tells the touching story of an old circus company who have stuck together, struggling against the odds to survive, but will this be their final performance?

National Paralympic Heritage Trust, Audio book of Dr Guttmann’s biography ‘Spirit to Stoke Mandeville’. YouTube, 5mins.

Find out about the book and how to access it in this video. In partnership with Calibre Audio, Spirit to Stoke Mandeville the biography of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann is now available in audio for those with a print disability.

Royal Museums Greenwich: Curator Podcasts, The Tragic Fate of HMS Thetis. Soundcloud, 7:58mins.

Storms, shipwrecks, and sunken treasure: our curators share the tragic fate of the HMS Thetis.

Roundabout Theatre Company, Reverb Theatre Arts Festival. Audio-described, YouTube, 2hrs 35mins.

Presenting the voices of artists with disabilities on the virtual stage. Artists submitted their works of original theatre —monologue, spoken word, dance, or music— based on creative prompts on the theme of connection.

National Theatre of Scotland, Scenes for Survival: Call to Adventure. Audio-described, YouTube, 11 mins.

An uplifting musical short film in this series. Will today be the day for Mark to say how he really feels?

TNF Soundings,  The biography of James Thurber. Audio, 9:43mins.

Learn about the popular and prolific American writer and cartoonist of the 20th century, who found new ways to write and draw to overcome failing eyesight after a childhood accident.

Classic FM, David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast. Audio, 18mins.

A podcast for all the family, in this first episode David meets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: one of the most famous composers of all time… and has a bit of a run in with a music professor. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist available in Apple music.


AD on TV

Here’s our weekly selection of TV programmes with AD. Please note, programmes subject to change, correct at time of writing.

Thursday 15th April

Auction, Sky Arts, 11.30am

The Eighties, Sky Arts, 3pm

Discovering Film: Groucho Marx, Sky Arts, 6pm

Long Lost Family: What Happened Next, ITV, 9pm

Frank of Ireland, Channel 4, 10pm

Friday 16th April

National Treasures: The Art of Collecting, Sky Arts, 3pm

Yellowstone: Wildest Winter to Blazing Summer, BBC2, 3.15pm

Discovering Film: Jean Harlow, Sky Arts, 6pm

Classic Albums, Sky Arts, 8pm

A Touch of Frost, ITV, 8.30pm

Saturday 17th April

The Making of Marc Bolan, Sky Arts, 4pm

Film, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, ITV3, 9pm

Burton and Taylor, BBC2, 10pm

Italy’s Invisible Cities, BBC4, 10.40pm

Film, Jaws, ITV, 10.50pm

Film, Black Hawk Down, ITV4, 11.40pm

Sunday 18th April

Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshaw, BBC2, 6pm

Film, Shrek, ITV2, 7.05pm

Call the Midwife, BBC1, 8pm

Call the Midwife: The Casebook, BBC4, 9pm

Film, Maze Runner, E4, 9pm

Monday 19th April

Hairy Bikers: Mediterranean Adventure, BBC2, 7pm

Alan Titchmarsh Spring into Summer, ITV, 8pm

Different League: The Derry City Story, BBC2, 9pm

Lucy the Human Chimp, Channel 4, 9pm

Tuesday 20th April

Discovering Film: Lee Marvin, Sky Arts, 2pm

Discovering Film: Anthony Quinn, Sky Arts, 6pm

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Makeup: A Glamourous History, BBC2, 9pm

Film, Crimson Tide, ITV4, 9pm

Wednesday 21st April

Discovering Film: Joan Crawford, Sky Arts, 6pm

Treasures of the British Library, Sky Arts, 8pm

Film, The Man with the Golden Gun, ITV4, 8pm

Second-hand for a Grand, Channel 4, 10pm


Image description: Actors Jonadette Carpio and Stephanie Wake-Edwards as the two sides of Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins. Both women are dressed in black and looking directly looking at the camera with sombre expressions.