A drawing with clean lines and block colours. A green semi-circle rises up from the bottom of the image to indicate a hill top. Two darker splodges of green indicate the roots of a tree sprouting from near its peak. The tree’s foilage creates a heart shape and is made up of areas of three different shades of green with some small black and red fruit dotted around. Directly behind the tree is a setting sun in orange and the sky is a uniform yellow.

What’s On & Online – 10th June 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for 10th June 2021, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture in-person and online.

Featured Recording: Illuminated River

VocalEyes recorded audio descriptions of Illuminated River, a major public art commission, lighting nine bridges across the River Thames is now complete! Listen to the description of each bridge, drawing on its rich social histories and engineering feats, whilst evoking the atmospheres of the dynamic artwork.  Each track is accompanied by extracts of original music composed by students at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Listen on VocalEyes website or Soundcloud.

What’s On

Audio-described shows at Opera Holland Park in London

Tickets are selling fast. La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro are now sold out, but tickets are still available for:

L’amico Fritz – Sunday 18th July at 2pm

The Cunning Little Vixen – Sunday 25th July at 2pm

Access rate tickets £20 – £25. Book your tickets by calling 0300 999 1000 (12pm-6pm Monday – Saturday) or emailing [email protected]

Blindness, at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford

Continuing its UK tour, the gripping sound installation, Blindness comes to Guildford. From Monday 21st – Saturday 26th  June, show times:

Mon 21st: 8pm

Tue 22nd: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm

Wed 23rd: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm

Thu 24th: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm

Fri 25th: 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm* and 8.30pm

Sat 26th: 10.30am 1pm, 3.15pm, 6.15pm and 8.30pm

*Captioned Performance

Tickets: £28. Watch at home tickets available if you are unable to get to the venue. Please email or call (01483 440077) the the Box Office to purchase tickets.

Northern Ballet’s Swan Lake at Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds. Saturday 26th June at 2:30pm. Recorded audio description.

An emotive retelling of a classic story. With Tchaikovsky’s electrifying score played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Tickets: £20 – £52.50. To book tickets call 0844 848 27000 or email the venue.

Everything I Own at Hull Truck Theatre. Saturday 26th June at 2pm. Running time: approx. 60mins.

A play of fun as well as loss and healing, Errol celebrates his savvy, music-loving Dad, sadly lost to Covid last year, who moved his family from Jamaica to Hull and grafted hard to give them a new start. A one-man show by Daniel Ward is part of Hull Truck Theatre’s Homecomings season, welcoming audiences back to the theatre.

Tickets: £11.25 – £22.50. To book tickets, call 01482 323638( Tues-Sat 11am – 5pm) or email the venue.

Van Gogh Alive at Birmingham Hippodrome. Audio described tours: Sunday 27th June 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Tuesday 29th June at 3pm.

Visit this 90-minute immersive multimedia art experience with high-definition projections and digital surround sound. Explore Van Gogh’s paintings on a large scale to see the detail of the paintings. There are no physical works on display. Find out all you need to know about visiting and the exhibition in the detailed audio-description guide.

For more information, contact the venue on 0121 689 1060.

Guildford Shakespeare Company’s She Stoops to Conquer. Wednesday 30th June, 7:30pm.

Oliver Goldsmith’s sublime Georgian comedy of manners is live in the popular Guildford Castle Gardens. Meet the outrageous Mrs Hardcastle, her crusty husband, their industrious daughter Kate, and her bumpkin of a brother Tony Lumpkin.

Tickets £26.50, concessions £23.50. Contact the venue on 01483 301590 or [email protected]

What’s Online

British Museum, Thomas Becket: murder and the making. Audio-described talk on Wednesday 23rd June, 2pm. Free but booking required, on Zoom.

Join VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans to explore key objects in the exhibition illustrating the life, death, and legacy of Thomas Becket.

To book, contact the venue on 020 7323 8971 or [email protected]

Reasons You Should (n’t) Love Me: Livestream. Audio-described by VocalEyes from Kiln Theatre, London.

Don’t miss Amy Trigg’s debut 90-minute comedy, navigating the world with Spina Bifida. Show times:

Friday 18th June at 7:30pm

Saturday 19th June at 2: 30pm

Sunday 20th June at 5pm

Tickets: £10 per household. Book your tickets on 020 7625 0138 or [email protected]

National Gallery: Jan van Huysum Visits Cornwall

The bold painting continues its UK tour popping up in unusual venues across the country. Flowers in a Terracotta Vase by Jan van Huysum is now on display until 13th June at the Sir John Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge, Cornwall. Listen to VocalEyes’ audio description of the painting.

National Gallery: Art Through Words (online). Thursday 24th June, 10:30am. On Zoom.

Join an audio description session to explore Jan van Kessel the Elders painting of Insects with Creeping Thistle and Borage.

Free, booking required. Book your free ticket on The National Gallery’s website, by email or by calling 020 7747 2885.

Podcast: Talk to Strangers. Audio, approx. 1h.

Join Pasco, an ex-journalist for Vice and Al Jazeera to explore the lives of people in the UK we don’t know. This podcast is a unique opportunity to learn about the experiences of others, by chatting to a complete stranger, each representing a different community.

TNF Soundings: Claude Monet. Audio, 10 mins.

Listen to a short biography of Claude Monet and how his failing eyesight in later life affected his painting.

 

Help VocalEyes: Tell us about your experiences of accessibility/audio description online during the pandemic

We’d like to hear about your experiences of accessing audio-described culture online during the pandemic. We will be recording a conversation with AD users to help venues with best practise advice for any future online events. This will include your experiences of booking tickets online (both good and bad), which streaming platforms work best or how you have accessed support if there are problems during the performance. If you would like to take part in the discussion, please contact us and we will be in touch.

 

AD on TV

Our weekly selection of TV programmes with AD.

Thursday 10th June

Sicily: The Wonder of the Mediterranean, BBC2, 3.15pm

Discovering Film: Julie Andrews, Sky Arts, 5.55pm

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC2, 6.30pm

Queen the Phenomenon, Sky Arts, 6.45pm

The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury, ITV, 8.30pm

Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol, BBC2, 9pm

Friday 11th June

Sicily: The Wonder of the Mediterranean, BBC2, 3.15pm

Discovering Film: Robert Redford, Sky Arts, 6pm

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC2, 6.30pm

A Touch of Frost, ITV, 8.30pm

Alan Shearers Euro 96, BBC1, 11.40pm

Saturday 12th June

Secret History, Channel 4, 8pm

Grace Kelly: Lost Tapes of a Princess, Channel 4, 9pm

Film, Jason Bourne, Channel 4, 10pm

Film, Notting Hill, ITV, 10.35pm

Thierry Henry: My France My Euros, BBC1, 11.15pm

Sunday 13th June

Africa with Ade Adepitan, BBC2, 6pm

The Search for the Lost Manuscript, BBC4, 9pm

Time, BBC1, 9pm

Brian Cox Adventures in Space and Time, BBC2, 9pm

Arctic with Bruce Parry, BBC2, 10pm

Monday 14th June

Discovering Film: Leslie Caron, Sky Arts, 6pm

Downton Abbey, ITV3, 6.25pm

Great Continental Railway Journeys, BBC2, 6.30pm

Peter Taylor: Ireland After Partition, BBC2, 9pm

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, BBC4, 11.30pm

Tuesday 15th June

Downton Abbey, ITV3, 7pm

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

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Reporting History: Mandela and a New South Africa, BBC4, 9pm

The Repair Shop, BBC1, 9pm

Wednesday 16th June

Downton Abbey, ITV3, 7pm

Timeshift, BBC4, 8pm

Titanic’s Tragic Twin, BBC4, 9pm

Film Face Off, ITV4, 10pm

Urban Myths, Sky Arts, 10pm.

Please note programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.

 

Image description: A drawing with clean lines and block colours. A green semi-circle rises up from the bottom of the image to indicate a hill top. Two darker splodges of green indicate the roots of a tree sprouting from near its peak. The tree’s foilage creates a heart shape and is made up of areas of three different shades of green with some small black and red fruit dotted around. Directly behind the tree is a setting sun in orange and the sky is a uniform yellow.