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The Interval #53

Welcome to The Interval, #53, VocalEyes weekly listing of accessible arts and culture online.

Featured Event

Two Temple Place, VocalEyes audio-described virtual building tour. Saturday 24th April, 2pm. Free, on Zoom.

Join audio-describer Lonny Evans to take you on a tour of this spectacular neo-Gothic mansion. Learn about the history of the building and discover key features of the extraordinary interior. Book your ticket on Two Temple Place’s website.


More Online Events

Royal Opera House, The Seven Deadly Sins / Mahagonny Songspiel.  Audio described by VocalEyes and Sightlines. Available on demand until 9th May. £10.

British Director and Jette Parker Young Artist Isabelle Kettle reimagines Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s darkly satirical operas in a timely comment on gender politics.

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?

National Gallery, Art Through Words. Thursday 29th April, 10.30am. Free, on Zoom.

This month’s session takes an in-depth look at Edouard Vuillard’s The Mantelpiece (La Cheminée). Book a ticket to receive the Zoom joining link.


Access Opera This Summer at Opera Holland Park

Booking is now open for Opera Holland Park’s matinee performances for four of their main stage productions. Each performance will be relaxed and audio-described by VocalEyes. The auditorium has also been redesigned to improve access for those with mobility difficulties. All access bookers are entitled to a half price ticket for themselves and for one companion. Book online, email [email protected] or call the Box Office on 0300 999 1000. Book early to avoid disappointment.

La Traviata, Saturday 19th June at 2pm.

The Marriage of Figaro, Sunday 20th June at 2pm.

L’amico Fritz, Sunday 18th July at 2pm.

The Cunning Little Vixen, Sunday 25th July at 2pm.


Read/Watch/Listen Anytime

Report: Audio description missing from three-quarters of Netflix content

Read Emma Purcell’s report into the lack of AD on TV and support her petition to make audio description compulsory on all films, TV programmes and streaming services.

Voices from The Peak: Peak District National Park. Podcast, approx. 20mins.

Take a journey through the Peak District in voice and sound with Poet Mark Wynne Jones. Marking the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park. Listen to soundscapes from the  countryside, mixing old Derbyshire voices with natural sounds, poetry, and music.

Chapter 1 – Burning Drake

Chapter 2- Snow

Chapter 3 – Kinder Scout (released 24th April)

Wildworks Theatre, Meet Me at the EdgeAudio-described film. YouTube, 60mins.

“In summer 2020, after months of lockdown, we set out to create an Audio-visual experience in the landscape, at home in Cornwall on the cliffs at Botalla.” Listen to a journey in sound and landscape exploring responses to isolation and connectedness within communities.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hysterical! A hilarious history of hysteria. Audio-described. YouTube, 34mins.

From Plato to Freud, witches to suffragettes, discover everything you never knew you needed to know about the history of hysteria. In a riotous digital lecture, join Rebecca (along with a puppet or two) for an eye-opening expedition into this fascinating ‘diagnosis’ and follow her own personal quest to shake off a label that has been placed on women for over 2,500 years.

The Senses: Design Beyond Vision – The Wikisinger (2015). Audio-described, YouTube 3mins.

Listen to the changes in sound as a singer performs in different locations from a cosy bedroom to a Church knave.

Off Book: Podcast from The Young Vic. Soundcloud, approx. 45mins.

The Young Vic’s podcast features interviews with many of the exciting artists who have visited recently. Listen to their latest one: Nadia Latif on the importance of the bookshelf.

Mondrian at the National Gallery of Ireland. Audio-described. YouTube, 13mins.

Listen to descriptions of five key works from our Mondrian exhibition. Mondrian’s paintings are brought to life with detailed explanations of the subject matter and painting style.

The English Heritage Podcast, Saint, soldier, slayer: who was the real St. George? Podcast, 32mins.

Find out about the man behind the myth and the sites connected with his story ready for St George’s Day on 23rd April.

New Perspectives Theatre, Placeprints. Podcasts.

A 10-part audio series written by David Rudkin. Unique stories conjuring up hidden voices and haunted landscapes, transforming your sense of the landscape around you.

Talk Ability, Episode 4: Disability Behind the Camera with Holly and Kai. Podcast, 36mins.

Hosts Robert and Kieran meet Holly, who has cerebral palsy and Kai, who has chronic pain. Neither are deterred from following their dreams as they are studying photography at City of Glasgow College.

BBC Teach, EYFS: Listen and Play – Tradicional Tales. Audios, approx. 15 mins.

Explore traditional stories from around the world. Children can join in with songs, rhymes and listening games with a story in each episode.


RNIB Audio-Description Survey

RNIB is running a brief survey to understand the current perceptions around the provision of audio description (AD) on video on demand (VOD) services amongst viewers who have sight loss. The survey will help find out what VOD services blind and partially sighted people are using, what changes they’ve seen (if any) in the provision of AD over the past few years, and what further improvements need to be made in this area. Complete the survey here. There are only six questions and should take around five minutes to complete.


AD on TV

Here’s our selection of TV programmes with AD for the coming week. Programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.

Thursday 22nd April

Discovering Film: Buster Keaton, Sky Arts, 6pm

Accused of Murdering our Son: The Steven Clarrk Case, ITV, 9pm

Taskmaster, Channel 4, 9pm

Hunting the Nazi Gold Train, BBC4, 9pm

Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, I TV, 1.45pm

Friday 23rd April

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

Discovering Film: Olivia De Haviland, Sky Arts, 6pm

Classic Albums, Sky arts, 8pm

Film Philomena, BBC1, 11.35pm

Saturday 24th April

Britain’s Brightest Celebrity Family, ITV, 4pm

Film, Grease, E4, 6.50pm

The Great British Spitfire Restoration, Channel 4, 8pm

Film, We’re the Millers, ITV2, 9pm

Sunday 25thth April

Film, Trolls, BBC1, 3.10pm

Film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Channel 4, 4.30pm

Film, Chicken Run, ITV2, 5.30pm

Film, Quantum of Solace, ITV, 8pm

The Queens Green Planet, ITV3, 8pm

Monday 26th April

Discovering Film: William Holden, Sky Arts, 6pm

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, BBC2, 9pm

Viewpoint, ITV, 9pm

Fighting for King and Empire: Britain’s Caribbean Heroes, BBC4, 11.35pm

Tuesday 27th April

Discovering Film: Barbara Stanwyck, Sky Arts, 6pm

Viewpoint, ITV, 9pm

The Art of the Joy of Sex, Sky Arts, 9pm

Inside Mega Tomb, BBC4, 10pm

Wednesday 28th April

Treasures of the British Library, Sky Arts, 8om

Viewpoint, ITV, 9pm

The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC1, 9pm

Film, The Fugitive, ITV4, 9pm


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