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The Interval #54

Welcome to The Interval #54, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible online arts and culture. We’re getting closer to the much-awaited reopening of theatres, museums and heritage venues and looking forward to when we can start to share more in-person performances and events with you. For now, we still have plenty of online events.

Online events in the next two weeks

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival. Thursday 29th April – Monday 3rd May.

A selection of audio-described films. Free, available on demand throughout the festival.

Artes Mundi 9, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Wednesday 5th May, 12pm. Audio-described tour. Free, on Zoom.

Join audio describer Anne Hornsby for an interactive and conversation-led tour looking at a selection of artworks from Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, one of the shortlisted Artes Mundi 9 artists. 1 hour with 15mins for questions and feedback. For more details email [email protected] or call 02920 573212.

The American Repertory Theatre, Hype Man: a break beat play. Audio described, available on demand until 6th May. 1hour 32mins.

This newly reimagined version of the Elliot Norton Award-winning play by poet and playwright Idris Goodwin follows a rapper, a beat-maker, and a hype man on the verge of making it big when the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager shakes the interracial hip-hop trio to the core and forces them to navigate issues of friendship, race, and protest. Book your ticket here.

Deaf & Fabulous Productions & Taking Flight Theatre Company: FowTuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th May. Audio described, pay-what-you-can tickets. A brand-new play performed live on Zoom.

With humour, honesty, and A LOT of breakdowns in communication, Fow asks us how we fall in love when we don’t hear each other and finds there is ALWAYS a way if you just look hard enough. Email [email protected] to book tickets for the audio described performances. Free, live Q&A sessions after the play on Tuesday 4th May.


Watch/listen anytime

Peco Theatre/Arnolfini, City of Threads

Listen to this 12 part immersive podcast series inviting you on a journey into the city of Bristol as experienced through the perspectives of its visually impaired citizens. A place of sensory delights, navigational intricacies, challenges, dangers and shared discoveries. Immersive sound design transports you into the heart of the journey, enriching and transforming the listener’s own perceptions of the city through felt experience.

The New Wolsey Theatre, Virtual Touch Tour. Audio described, YouTube 7mins.

If you haven’t been on a theatre touch tour and wondering what they are like, find out from the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich as they describe the set and costumes from The Snow Queen including sounds of different textures. For details of the audio-described livestream or in-person show from Thursday 27th May please email [email protected]

BBC Sounds, Sound of Cinema: Spring!  The Movies. Podcast, 25mins.

Enjoy a selection of film music to evoke the start of spring and the idea of rebirth, including scores by Ji Bark, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Danny Elfman, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.

National Theatre of Scotland, Scenes for Survival: Out of the Woods part 1. Audio described, YouTube, 9mins.

In the late afternoon light, a father sends video messages as he struggles to find his way through the woods on the way to pick up his daughter. But remember, she’s not to tell her other dad he’s coming… it’s to be their little secret. Equal parts hilarious and sinister, Alan Cumming stars in the first of a bewitching new three-part short from writer Johnny McKnight, directed by Andrew Panton.

Notorious Alfred Hitchcock. Audio drama. YouTube, 1hour.

Classic Radio Theatre, remastered audio. Ingred Bergman and Joseph Cotten star in this radio adaptation of the film.

TNF Soundings, Superstitions. Online audio, 6mins.

Find out about some common and not-so-common superstitions and how they originated.


AD on TV

Our weekly choice of audio described TV programmes. Please note that programmes are subject to change, correct at time of publication.

Thursday 29th April

Viewpoint, ITV, 9pm

Saved by a Stranger, BBC2, 9pm

Film The Spy Who Loved Me, ITV4, 9pm

Friday 30th April

Discovering Film: Claudia Cardinale, Sky Arts, 6pm

Film Moonraker, ITV4, 8pm

Saturday 1st May

Film Nanny McPhee and the Big bang, ITV2, 5pm

Too Young to Die, Sky Arts, 6pm

Franessco Venice, BBC4, 7pm

Coast: The Great Guide, BBC4, 8pm

Film Mr Beans Holiday, ITv2, 9pm

David Bowie: Finding Fame, BBc2, 10pm

Film Fast and Furious, I TV, 11.50pm

Sunday 2nd May

Film 27 Dresses, Channel 4, 2.50pm

Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters, BBC4, 7pm

Film Skyfall, ITV, 8pm

Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall, ITV3, 8pm

Monday 3rd May

Film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, ITV2, 10.40am

Film Goodbye Mr Chips, ITV3, 3.50pm

Film Sully, BBC1, 8.30pm

Mark Kermode’s Secrets of the Cinema, BBC4, 9pm

Tuesday 4th May

Discovering Film: Shirley Maclaine, Sky ARts, 6pm

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

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Film Conan the Destroyer, ITV4, 9pm

Make Up: A Glamorous History, BBC2, 9pm

The Money Maker, Channel 4, 9pm

Wednesday 5th May

Film Total Recall, ITV4, 9pm

The Last Festival of Britain, BBC4, 9pm

The Battle for Britney, BBC2, 9pm

The Treasure Hunter, BBC4, 10pm

Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God, BBC4, 11.30pm


Musicals Quiz

With all the quizzes taking place during the lockdown you must be an expert by now! See how well you do in this musicals quiz. Answers in next week’s edition.

  1. Which Oscar-winning musical is getting a 2020 remake courtesy of Steven Spielberg?
  2. Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin are characters in which film turned stage musical?
  3. Which musical penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of one of America’s founding fathers?
  4. Which actors played Sebastian and Mia in La La Land?
  5. In Mamma Mia, how many dads does lead character Sophie have and can you name them?
  6. What’s the name of Bill Sykes’ dog in Oliver!?
  7. Which character was played by Renee Zellweger in the film adaptation of Chicago?
  8. Who played the title role in the film adaptation of The Phantom Of The Opera?
  9. Which musical features a song which begins with the line ‘Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes’?
  10. Cats was based on the work of which famous poet?


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