What’s On & Online 12th August 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 12th August, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture in person and online. Listings cover events up until Saturday 11th September.

What’s On

Jan van Huysum’s ‘Flowers in a Terracotta Vase’ on tour

The painting has reached the final stop on its UK tour! On display until Tuesday 17th August at Portview Trade Centre in Belfast. If you can’t get to the venue then you can listen or download the VocalEyes audio description of the painting from our website.

The Design Museum, Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life Multisensory Tour. Saturday 14th August, 10am. Free.

Andrew Mashigo introduces you to the 20th century architect and furniture designer. Celebrated in this exhibition through reconstructions of her work, as well as her collaborations with peers Picasso, Le Courbusier and Fernand Leger.

Book tickets online, by phone on 020 3862 5900 or email [email protected]

Black Country Living Museum, Ta Very Much – access tour. Saturday 14th August, 10:30am. Tickets £19.95.

August’s Audio Descriptive Access Tour celebrates both individual and collective acts of service in the Black Country, exploring stories of the ways people helped each other in the past.

All places must be booked in advance. Book online or phone 0121 520 8054.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Carousel, audio described. Saturday 4th September, 2:15pm. Tickets £25.

Rediscover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, featuring a score that includes ‘If I Loved You’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

Book by phone on 0333 400 3562 or or email [email protected].

Vaudeville Theatre, Constellations, audio described. Sunday 5th September, 2pm. Tickets: £20 – £69.50.

Enjoy Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey in the fourth cast of the beautiful and heart-breaking romance. What twists will the story take this time in the infinite possibilities of a relationship? Audio introductory notes now available for description of characters, costumes and set.

Book by phone on 0330 333 4815 or email [email protected].

The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, The Comedy of Errors, audio described. Friday 10th September, 6:30pm with Touch Tour at 5:30pm. Tickets £20.

Another chance to watch The Comedy of Errors, outdoors in Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare’s fairy-tale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision.

Book by phone on 01789 331275 or email [email protected]

Leeds Playhouse, Northern Ballet: Dangerous Liaisons, audio described. Saturday 11th September, 2pm. Tickets from £15.

A story of sexual power, cruelty and deceit. This bodice-ripping ballet, choreographed by David Nixon OBE, is set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Book by phone on 0113 213 7700 or email [email protected]

London Zoo Audio Described Tours, Wednesday 1st September, 10:30am–12:30pm. Free

Join a guided tour of 10 to 20 people around the Zoo. The route includes some tactile models of the animals and, when available, an animal experience.

On the first Wednesday of each month, starting from the Outback exhibit. Free, but you will need a ticket to access the Zoo which can be booked online.

Book a place or find out more information by emailing [email protected], letting them know the number of places you would like on the tour, whether you will be bringing a guide dog and if you will require visual awareness assistance. You can bring a companion for free with a disability concession ticket.

What’s Online

Sense Adventures: Creative Writing Workshops with Megan Paul. Wednesday 18th August, 7-9pm. £10.

This month’s theme is Animals and new writers are welcome to join this friendly group.

Contact Dee to book your place on 07920 144614 or email [email protected].

The Cornish Tales – immersive and innovative Amazon Alexa app

Explore Cornwall’s Audio Archives from the comfort of your own home. Enable your Amazon Alexa and you can listen to oral histories, music, and recordings – previously unavailable online. A brand-new immersive experience brought to you by Cornwall Museums Partnership in collaboration with Hi9. Visit ‘Memory Lane Tavern’ to hear songs, head to the bus stop for a journey through time to Porthcurno, St Ives, or Redruth, or jump to specific audio clips that you would like to hear.

Access the Cornish Tales, using a smart speaker or smart phone, by downloading the Amazon Alexa app. On the app select ‘more’, then ‘skills and games’ and search for Cornish Tales. Once you’ve enabled Cornish Tales, simply say ‘Alexa, open Cornish Tales’ whenever you want to start the experience.

The Smithsonian: Art Echo Digital Museum

Art Echo is a digital virtual reality museum experience that reveals the acoustic attributes of 3D objects in the Smithsonian’s Open Access collections while moving through periods of the history of Earth and some of its inhabitants.

In this virtual museum, experience the objects and their stories through imagery, sound and simulated echolocation based on the teachings of Thomas Tajo, a blind echolocation user and teacher.

Use headphones to get the best experience.

Barnsley Museums Object Audio Descriptions

Four new audio descriptions have been added to the website. Members of the Barnsley Museums Team chose their favourite objects, wrote and recorded the audio descriptions and now you can listen to them and the whole playlist on Soundcloud.

Almeida Theatre: Dziady/Forefathers’ Eve, audio described. YouTube, 1hour 19minutes.

This semi-staged reading took place at the Almeida on 28 May 2021, as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play. Polish political prisoner Gustav finds himself incarcerated for nationalistic activities against Tsar Alexander I. Through Part III of Dziady/Forefathers’ Eve, he is re-Christened as Konrad and transformed from the maudlin, self-absorbed lover, to the impassioned revolutionary, striving to bring his nation together and free his people from oppression.

RNIB Talking Books on Alexa

Blind and partially sighted people can now say “Alexa, open RNIB Talking Books” to get instant access to thousands of RNIB audio books.

Customers of the Talking Books library will now be able to access audio books through an Amazon smart speaker, as well as through RNIB’s usual library services. With the new skill enabled you will be able to search for books by title, author or key word. The books are read by your favourite narrators and, when you stop listening, the new skill will remember your place so you can pick right up where you left off.

AD on TV

Check out our selection of audio described TV programmes for the week ahead. Please note programmes are subject to change, correct at time of publication. This week our highlight is The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family, Friday 19th August, BBC2, 9pm

Thursday 12th August

The Scottish Island that Won the Lottery, Channel 4, 8pm

Yorkshire Firefighters, BBC2, 8pm

A Year in the Beacons, ITV, 8.30pm

I am, Channel 4, 9pm

The Watch, BBC2, 9pm

Friday 13th August

Passions, Sky Arts, 7pm

Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains and Coasts, Channel 4, 8pm

The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family, BBC2, 9pm

Deceit, Channel4, 9pm

King Gary, BBC1, 9.30pm

Saturday 14th August

Film, The Book of Life, Channel 4, 1.55pm

The Music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Sky Arts, 3pm

Elvis 56 Special, Sky Arts, 4.55pm

Film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, BBC1, 6.45pm

Natural World, BBC2, 8pm

Film, Red Sparrow, Channel 4, 9pm

Sunday 15th August

When Patsy Cline was…. Crazy, Sky Arts, 2pm

Battle of the Brass Bands, Sky Arts, 4pm

Spy in the Wild, BBC1, 5.05pm

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 6pm

The Secret World of…. Channel 4, 8pm

Baptiste, BBC1, 9pm

Monday 16th August

Animals with Cameras, BBC2, 4.15pm

Painting the Holy Land, BBC4, 8pm

James Martin’s Islands to Highlands, ITV, 8pm

Ghosts, BBC1, 8.30pm

8 Days to the Moon and Back, BBC2, 9pm

Film Against the Law, BBC4, 9.30pm

Tuesday 17th August

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

The Secret Life of Zoo, Channel 4, 8pm

Film, The Great Wall, E4, 9pm

Write Around the World with Richard E Grant, BBC4, 9pm

Secrets of the Museum, BBC2, 9.30pm

Jonnie’s Blade Camp, Channel 4, 10pm

Wednesday 18th August

Inside the Factory, BBC2, 8pm

Changing Rooms, Channel 4, 8pm

Earth From Space, BBC4, 8pm

The Planets, BBC4, 9pm

Undeniable, ITV, 9pm

Frank Sinatra: The Voice of America, Sky Arts, 11pm

Image: Big and small white balloons float towards the spectator, on a black background speckled with stars. From the play Constellations at the Vaudeville Theatre.