Welcome to The Interval, #53, VocalEyes weekly listing of accessible arts and culture online.
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.
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 3 – Kinder Scout (released 24th April)
Wildworks Theatre, Meet Me at the Edge. Audio-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
Image description: Publicity image from Two Temple Place. A rectangular room decorated in the neo-Gothic style, with a big stained-glass window and two cushioned benches.