Four dancers from the Pagrav Dance Company leap into the air in symmetry, legs tucked up and arms outstretched. Beside them two musicians accompany them on traditional Kathak instruments. The stage is lit in blue and yellow.

What’s On & Online 11th November 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 11th November, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. Please see our What’s On at Christmas guide for all your accessible festive shows and pantos.

What’s On

House is a Feeling, Coventry, audio described immersive art. Wednesday 17th November, 7:30pm. Touch tour 7pm. Tickets: Pay as you wish (free to £8)

Immerse yourself in the musical and cultural revolution that swept across Coventry from 1985 to 1993. This multi-sensory installation gives an insight into the hope, elation and despair of our city’s rave scene. 

Booking contact number 07842 312886
Booking contact email [email protected]

Pagrav Dance Company: Kattam Katti, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, audio described. Thursday 18th November, 8pm. Tickets £17

Delve into the competitive chaos, creativity and colour of Uttarayan, the world-famous International Kite Festival taking place in Gujurat, North India. Rooted in classical Indian Kathak styles, fused with contemporary storytelling and design, bringing to life stories with enchanting lyricism, exquisite technique and drama.

Booking contact number 020 7863 8222
Booking contact email [email protected]

Jamie Hale: CRIPtic Pit Party, Barbican Centre, audio described. Friday 19th November, 7:45pm. Tickets £5 – £18

Jamie Hale curates a joyful and uplifting Pit Party comprising a mixed bill of creative, political and responsive work by d/Deaf and disabled performers.

Booking contact email [email protected]

Northern Ballet’s Merlin, Mayflower Southampton, audio described family ballet. Saturday 4th December, 2pm. Insight talk about the production 12-1pm. Tickets from £24.50

Discover how the world’s most famous sorcerer mastered his magic to unite a warring kingdom. Audio and text introductory notes available. A sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic.

Booking contact number 02380 711813

Blue/Orange, Royal & Derngate Northampton, audio described. Saturday 4th December, 7:30pm. Tickets £11 – £35

In a London psychiatric hospital, a mysterious patient wants out. A brand-new production shining new light upon this incendiary interrogation of power and privilege in modern Britain.

Booking contact number 01604 624811 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Rare Earth Metal, Royal Court Theatre, audio described. Saturday 11th December, 2:30pm. Touch tour 1pm. Tickets £15 (reduced from £45)

Three worlds collide on a Bolivian salt flat. Each pursue their own ambitions, but which is the greatest good?

Booking contact number 0207 565 5050
Booking contact email [email protected]

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, audio described. Saturday 11th December, 2:30pm. Touch tour 12:30pm. Tickets £20 – £125

The smash hit production brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain – exceptional at maths, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

Booking contact number 0844 815 4865 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Manor, Lyttelton Theatre at National Theatre, audio described. Wednesday 15gth November, 7:30pm. Touch tour 6pm. Tickets £20

A darkly comic new play by Moira Buffini. A storm is brewing. Stranded together, the explosive mix of people must survive the weather and each other.

Booking contact number 020 7452 3961 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Treasure Island, Derby Theatre, audio described. Saturday 18th December, 2:30pm. Touch tour 1:15pm. Tickets £21.50 – £29.50

Set sail on the high seas for a spectacular swashbuckling adventure. With a bountiful supply of live music, sumptuous sets and costumes, drama and ahoy me hearties, this is a thrilling theatrical voyage for all ages to embark on.

Booking contact number 01332593939 
Booking contact email [email protected]

What’s Online

Sense Arts sharing. Thursday 18th November, 11am – 12.30pm via Zoom

Join this free event to learn more about Sense’s approach and opportunities to get involved.

Presented in collaboration with Lisa Simpson, Studio Wayne McGregor, Tanya Raabe Webber, Zara Arnold, Alex McEwan, Dual Works and others. The event will include BSL, captioning and auto/audio description.

Please click here  to book your free space.

Ping Chong and Company – Generation Rise: On Demand, audio described video, 70 mins. Rent for $25 for 72hours access

NYC teens share stories of transformation and resilience in the wake of 2020. They grew up in a global pandemic. They came into their own amidst renewed calls for racial justice. In their own words, Black, Latinx and Asian American teens bridge identities, cultures and lived experiences to share who they are and what they want in the world.

Seasons Digital – Upswing

A special series of audio stories and films for you to download or stream. Embark on a joyful exploration of nature with three different audio stories – each offering activities to encourage children (and adults) to connect with the simple magic in the environment around them. Audio described by Willy Elliot. Approx. 9mins per story.

Wellcome Collection: Life Before Assistive Technology

Read the first in a series of six parts on the history of assistive technology. Read how Alex Lee has adapted to his vision loss, with photographs by Ian Trehern.

Almeida Theatre: Rescuing One’s Sister in the Wind and Dust , audio described YouTube video 1hr 26mins

A witty, boisterous romp about sisters doing it for themselves. In a haunted world of illusions and transactions, where a mother can sell her daughter into the life of a courtesan, Yinzhang is lucky to have the older, more experienced Pan’er as her sworn sister. Seductress, adventurer, trickster, Pan’er will stop at nothing to save her sister from a disastrous marriage.

Sean Thomas Boyd: Looks Like Sounds Like with audio description, Philadelphia Fringe Festival. YouTube video, 44mins

A three-part improvisation.

The British Library: The Lost Property Library: Introduction , audio described YouTube video 12mins

Meet the Station Master as he introduces you to the Lost Property Library and tells tales of some of the items he finds in the station. Discover more stories from the Lost Property Library via the British Library’s Discovering Children’s Books website:


AD on TV

Here’s our selection of TV programmes for the week ahead. Our highlight for the week is Ancient Secrets of Althorp with Charles Spencer on Monday 15th November Channel 4 9pm.

Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl of Spencer historian and brother to Princess Diana, invites an archaeological dig to Althorp.

Thursday 11th November

Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts, 7pm

The Trial of Louise Woodward, ITV, 9pm

Dalgliesh, Channel 5, 9pm

Friday 12th November

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Channel 4, 8pm

Dalgliesh, Channel 5, 9pm

Saturday 13th November

Film: Mamma Mia, ITV, 4pm

Film: Goodbye Christopher Robin, Channel 4, 6pm

Film: Star Trek: Into Darkness, E4, 6.25pm

Runrig: There must be a Place, Sky Arts, 8pm

Film: Fury, ITV4, 10pm

Sunday 14th November

Film: Dad’s Army, ITV3, 5.55pm

Film: Star Trek: Beyond, E4, 6.40pm

Flying for Britain with David Jason, ITV3, 8pm

The Larkins, ITV, 8pm

Angela Black, ITV, 9pm

Film: Demolition Man, ITV4, 9pm

Film: Assassin’s Creed, E4, 9pm

Monday 15th November

Ancient Secrets of Althorp with Charles Spencer, Channel 4, 9pm

Diana: Queen of Style, Channel 4, 10pm

Tuesday 16th November

The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8pm

Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland, Channel 4, 9.15pm

Wednesday 17th November

Beverley and Jordan: Destination Wedding, ITV, 8pm

Grand Designs: House of the Year, Channel 4, 9pm

The Seventies, Sky Arts, 10pm.


Image description: Four dancers from the Pagrav Dance Company leap into the air in symmetry, legs tucked up and arms outstretched. Beside them two musicians accompany them on traditional Kathak instruments. The stage is lit in blue and yellow.