Bafana Solomon Matea, a male dancer stands proudly with his arms open. He wears a traditional Victorian tail-coat and under this has a brightly coloured and patterned African sash

What’s On & Online 15 July 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for 15 July, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.

What’s On

Six The Musical at Hull New Theatre, audio described Thursday 22 July at 8pm. Tickets from £15

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. Book by phone on 01482 300 306 or email [email protected]

Black Victorians at The Peace Pagoda, North Willen Lake, Milton Keynes, audio described Saturday 24 July at 3pm. Touch tour at 2:15pm. Free but booking required.

An outdoor dance performance that calls attention to historical and contemporary perceptions of black people in history, through choreography. created by Jeanefer Jean-Charles. Book by phone on 01908 280 800 or email [email protected]

Last Easter at Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, audio described Saturday 7 August at 2:30pm. Tickets: £15

A lighting designer, an actress, a prop maker and a drag singer go on a pilgrimage looking for a miracle. A funny, moving and provocative play about the true nature of friendship. Book by phone on 020 8940 3633 or email [email protected]

Bach & Sons at Bridge Theatre, London, audio described Saturday 21st August at 2:30pm. Tickets: £25 – £69.50

This beautiful, profound and funny new play is an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity. Book by phone on 0333 320 0051 or email [email protected]

Priscilla Queen of the Desert at New Theatre Oxford, audio described Wednesday 25 August at 2:30pm. Tickets: £13.

The hilarious and heart-warming adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Book by phone on 0800 912 6971 or email [email protected]

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Outdoor events

Museums, galleries and heritage venues events

Audio-described performance events

What’s 0nline

The British Library Exhibition – Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word, audio descriptive tour by VocalEyes. YouTube, 32mins.

Discover the history, culture and traditions of Jewish people from all corners of the world through the ages, featuring rarely seen treasures from as far back as the 10th century. The guide describes 12 key objects from the exhibition in detail.

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance online stream, Friday 23rd July – Sunday 22nd August 2021. Tickets: £10

Celebrate our Jette Parker Young Artists as they draw their year to a close with the annual summer performance. Spot stars of the future and enjoy a showcase of musical and creative works from our singers, conductors and stage directors. Book tickets on the Royal Opera House stream website or phone 020 7304 4000

Almeida Theatre, Name, Place, Animal, Thing, Audio described, YouTube 1 hour 40 mins

Performed as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play. Exploring the complexities of class, caste and gender within the contemporary Indian home.

TNF Soundings: The Joy of Birdsong, audio, 11 mins.

Help create a sound map of Britain’s gardens, parks and woodlands. Get involved by recording a minute of your favourite sounds of nature.

No Woman, No Cry by Chris Ofili, Audio described, YouTube 6 mins

Hear a detailed description of the artwork, descriptions of the colours and forms in the artwork, and how the artist made the work.

National Theatre of Scotland – Scenes for Survival: Courier culture, Audio described, YouTube 8 mins

A rookie fast food bike courier races the clock as he navigates the streets of post-Covid Glasgow. Pondering his new status as a Key Worker – and dreaming of something even bigger.

Shadow Shame Again (2021), audio described, YouTube, 6 mins

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in South Africa have protested ‘the other pandemic’, referring to the proliferation of gender-based violence under the conditions of lockdown. Material published by UN Women shows that gender-based violence has increased globally during this time. Penny Siopis’ video artwork responds to this situation by speaking to the visceral emotion of shame.

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Online course

Now open for enrolments – VocalEyes and Royal Holloway University of London have been busy creating content for our free online course Creating Audio Description: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion on the FutureLearn platform

You can sign up at any time. The first 4-week run starts on 27 September. Learners do about 3 hours work a week online – this includes reading articles, watching videos, taking part in discussions, completing polls and quizzes and creating audio descriptions. And did we say, it’s all free!

Casting Call – Blind/partially sighted girl for Netflix series

Lucy Bevan Casting is looking for a blind girl to play a key guest speaking role in an upcoming Netflix Limited TV series. No previous acting experience necessary, a Caucasian girl who is blind or partially sighted between the ages of 6 and 16 years old. The character is thoughtful, curious, intelligent and courageous. Must speak fluent English. Shooting in Europe in 2022. Applications must be submitted by a teacher, parent or legal guardian. If your child would like to be considered please send their date of birth, height , location and a recent photo in one email to Emily and Katie at [email protected].

Please only submit your child if they meet the brief. Every application will be considered, but they cannot respond to all applicants. They will be in touch if they would like to invite your child to audition.

AD on TV

Check out what’s on TV this week with audio description. Here’s our selection – please note that programmes are subject to change, correct at time of publication.

Thursday 15th July

The Bear Family and Me, BBC2, 4.15pm

Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens, BBC2, 7pm

Return to…. The Cruise, BBC4, 7.30pm

Film, The Importance of being Earnest, BBC4, 8pm

Too Young to Die, Sky Arts, 8pm

Our NHS, A Hidden History, BBC1, 9pm

Lie with Me, Channel 5, 9pm

Diana’s Decades, ITV, 9pm

Friday 16th July

Mystery of the Lost Paintings, Sky Arts, 3pm

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens, BBC2, 7pm

Death in Paradise, BBC1, 9pm

Film, Central Intelligence, Channel 4, 9pm

Saturday 17th July

Nature’s Miracle Orphans, BBC2, 1pm

The Hollies: Look Through My Window, Sky Arts, 3pm

Film, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, E4, 6.50pm

A Lake District Farm Shop, Channel 4, 8pm

Coast: The Great Guide, BBC4, 8pm

Film, Dunkirk, BBC1, 9pm

Film, The Spy Who Dumped me, Channel 4, 9pm

Sunday 18th July

My Million Pound Menu, BBC2, 12pm

West Side Stories: The Making of a Classic, BBC2, 4.15pm

The Yorkshire Dales, BBC2, 6pm

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 7pm

A Very British Country House, Channel 4, 8pm

Baptiste, BBC1, 9pm

Film, Daddy’s Home, Channel 4, 9pm

World War II: Behind Closed Doors, BBC4, 9pm

 Monday 19th July

Film, Scott of the Antarctic, BBC2, 2.30pm

Gorilla Family and Me, BBC2, 4.15pm

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

Gold Town, BBC2, 7pm

An Art Lover’s Guide, BBC4, 8pm

Killing Escobar, BBC2, 9pm

Tuesday 20th July

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Secrets of the Museum, BBC2, 8pm

Cooking with the Stars, ITV, 9pm

Uprising, BBC1, 9pm

Forensics: The Real CSI, BBc2, 9pm

Film, Robin Hood, ITV4, 10pm

Wednesday 21st July

Japan: Earths Enchanted Island, BBC4, 8pm

Uprising, BBC1, 9pm

Les Dawson: Lost Tapes, ITV, 9pm

George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations, Channel 4, 9pm

The Planets, BBC4, 9pm