A solo dancer seen at a distance, against a background of prismatic light. With feet planted wide apart, the dancer leans at a steep angle, one knee bent, looking up , shielding their face from the light.

The Interval #56

Welcome to the final edition of The Interval, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. Next week we will return to calling our weekly listings What’s On to mark the reopening of theatres, museums and heritage sites in England. Please comment or contact us with your feedback and suggestions for future editions.

Online events

Sense Adventures: Creative Writing workshop with Megan Paul. Tuesday 18th May, 7-9pm. £10, on Zoom.

Learn the art of playwriting in this interactive workshop. Create vibrant, emotive dialogue that springs off the page and watch your characters come to life. To register call Dee on 01684 891796 or email [email protected]

National Paralympic Heritage Trust: the life and work of Dr Guttman. Audio described tour, Wednesday 26th May, 6pm. Free, on Zoom.

Introducing you to the life and work of Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann, widely acknowledged as “The father of the Paralympic movement”.

National Gallery: Art Through Words: Orazio Gentileschi’s The Finding of Moses. Thursday 27th May, 10:30am.Free but booking required. On Zoom.

Join Gallery Educators Katy Tarbard and Carlo Corsato for the next online audio description and discussion session.

Writing for Wellbeing: 4-week workshop starting Friday 28th May, on Zoom.

Have you ever wanted to write? Have you got a story to tell? You will be supported in expressing what is on your mind using creative techniques in this creative writing workshop. To register, please contact Grace on [email protected] or 07933941385.


In-person events

Sadler’s Wells: Overflow. Audio described Friday 21st May, 7:30pm. From £20.

Alexander Whitley Dance Company asks what it means to be human in the shadow of big data. Considering how our desires, fantasies and vulnerabilities are powerfully influenced by social platforms, exploring what lurks beneath our compulsions to check, share and like.


Watch/listen anytime

The British Library: The Library of All Our Stories.

Audio described, YouTube, 5mins. The British Library asked children across the UK to step inside their own stories and make concertina books with themselves in the starring role. Here’s a taste of their brilliant work on shelves designed by Allen Fatimaharan, with audio description by Nadine Beasley for VocalEyes

Video podcast: The Green Room. Every Thursday at 7pm. Videos available with audio description, in BSL and English with captions.

Strive Collective presents a series of interviews with some of the most exciting Deaf, deaf, Hard of Hearing and disabled talent and hearing industry allies in the UK and internationally. Keeping access and diversity in mind in the months and years ahead, the interviews celebrate best practice, spotlight unsung heroes and inspire others.

Barnsley Museums Audio Descriptions Introductions. Soundcloud playlist.

Following training with VocalEyes, members of the Barnsley Museums team chose their favourite object from the unique collections of The Cooper Gallery, Experience Barnsley and Cannon Hall Museum. Keep checking back to the playlist as more audio descriptions will be added in future.

Sadler’s Wells: Dancing Nation. Now available on BBC iPlayer with audio description, 59mins.

Watch highlights from the unique festival curated and hosted in lockdown by Sadler’s Wells including many newly filmed performances.

National Theatre of Scotland: Scenes for Survival, Babe Rainbow. Audio described, YouTube, 7 mins.

A cheering new short film, following the highs and lows of a kind-hearted postie during lockdown.

Tate podcasts: The art of …, approx. 30mins.

A series of podcasts from The Tate on all aspects of art.

TNF Soundings: Book review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Podcast, 19mins.

A discussion about Gail Honeyman’s novel.  Listen to a review of the audiobook.


National Theatre – Recite.Me Platform User Trial

The National Theatre have been looking at using Recite.Me to make their website more accessible to users with sight loss. They will be carrying out a research trial, asking blind and visually impaired people to test the platform. If you would like to take part in the user trial, please complete this short registration form. You will be sent a link and questions about the platform. The trial will go live from Wednesday 19th May for one week.


AD on TV

Don’t miss our selection of TV programmes for the week with AD. Programmes are subject to change, correct at time of publication. Our top recommendation is Innocent, a new drama on ITV Monday – Thursday at 9pm. It’s a second series, but don’t worry if you missed the first one as they are not related.

Thursday 13th May

Discovering Film: Peters Sellers, Sky Arts 6pm

Leigh-Anne: Race Power and Pop, BBC1, 9pm

Film, The Krays, ITV4, 9pm

Mark Kermode’s Secrets of the Cinema, BBC4, 10.30pm

Friday 14th May

Discovering Film: Robert Shaw, Sky Arts, 6pm

Classic Albums, Sky Arts, 8pm

Film, Octopussy, ITV4, 8pm

Van Der Valk ITV, 8.30pm

Film, Hot Fuzz, ITV2, 9pm

Saturday 15th May

Andre Rieu: Love in Venice, Sky Arts, 4pm

Too Young to Die, Sky Arts, 7pm

The Great Garden Revolution, Channel 4, 8pm

Michael Palin’s New Europe, BBC4, 8pm

Film, The Mountain Between Us, Channel 4, 9pm

Catching History’s Criminals: The Forensics Story, BBC4, 10.30pm

Sunday 16th May

Film, Peter Pan, ITV, 2.50pm

Film, Ice Age: Collision Course, E4, 6.10pm

Dante and the Invention of Hell, Sky Arts, 2pm

Film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them, ITV, 7.30pm

Soundwaves: The Symphony of Physics, BBC4, 7pm

Monday 17th May

Discovering Film: Rex Harrison, Sky Arts, 6pm

Fake or Fortune, BBC4, 8pm

Crime and Punishment, Channel 4, 9pm

Innocent, ITV 9pm

Tuesday 18th May

Discovering Film: Yul Brynner, Sky Arts, 6pm

Innocent, ITV, 9pm

The Importance of Being Miriam, Sky Arts, 9pm

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer, BBC4, 10.05pm

Wednesday 19th May

Video Killed the Radio Star, Sky Arts, 4.30pm

Discovering Film: Claude Rains, Sky Arts, 6pm

Skies Above Britain, BBC4, 8pm

Blitz: The Bomb that Changed Britain, BBC4, 9pm

Film, Passenger 57, ITV4, 9pm


Image description: A solo dancer seen at a distance, against a background of prismatic light. With feet planted wide apart, the dancer leans at a steep angle, one knee bent, looking up , shielding their face from the light.