Three people look at a painting at the Wellcome exhibition 'On Happiness'. The picture is a stylised family portrait of a mother and father with a smiling baby. 

What’s On & Online 16th September 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 16th September, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.

Wellcome Collection Focus Group

An opportunity to take part in a study on Wednesday 22nd September 2pm – 5pm (approx. timings) at the Wellcome Collection.

The focus group will involve a visit (around 30/45 minutes) to the current exhibition “On Happiness”, followed by a focus group (around 1 hour and a half). The visit to the current exhibition would involve you visiting the exhibition on your own for around 30/45 minutes. You would be welcome to visit alone or with a companion. If helpful, Wellcome can arrange for a member of the front of house team to support you in navigating the exhibition spaces.

To cover your costs for taking part in the study, Wellcome will pay £50, by direct transfer.

Please email Rafie for more information about the focus group and to book your place to take part – [email protected]

What’s On

On Edge at Lancashire Encounter, Preston, audio described. Saturday 18th September, 1pm and 4pm.

Book tickets online

Pre-recorded audio description at this free, outdoor arts festival. On Edge combines high energy parkour (free running movements) with compelling theatre, a gripping story hidden in the shadows of the construction industry. Listen to the audio introduction to find out more about Justice in Motion and the tour.

Search Party at Donmar Warehouse, audio described introduction to each performance. Tuesday 21st– Saturday 25th September, 7:30pm. Tickets £10

Join award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams in his audience-led poetry event. Inua Ellams will perform a reactive and spontaneous selection of his work to a word randomly picked by the audience. Each show is unique and special.

Book by phone on 0203 282 8585 or email [email protected]

Overflow at Bush Theatre, audio described. Saturday 25th September 2:30pm, touch tour at 1:30pm and Thursday 30th September 7:30pm, touch tour at 6:30pm. Tickets from £10

A hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms by acclaimed writer and performer Travis Alabanza.

Book by phone on 020 8743 5050 or email [email protected]

NW Trilogy at Kiln Theatre, audio described on Thursday 7th October, 7:30pm, touch tour 6pm. Tickets £15

Remember and celebrate our brave, local communities. Three stories, one evening.

Book by phone on 020 7328 1000 or email [email protected]

September in the Rain at Salisbury Playhouse, audio described. Thursday 7th October, 2:15pm and 7:30pm. Tickets from £12

A moving and funny play. For thirty years, come rain or shine, Jack and Liz never miss their annual week-long holiday on the Blackpool sands. Moving backwards and forward through time, a married life unfolds through squabbles, children, laughter and tears against the backdrop of the heyday of the British seaside.

Book by phone on 01722320333 or email [email protected]

Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell, audio described at Sadler’s Wells, Saturday 9th October at 2:30pm

Audio described at Curve theatre, Leicester, Monday 11th October, 7:30pm

Matthew Bourne’s new world premiere for New Adventures explores the under-belly of 1930s London life where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses nightly to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia. This is a dance theatre event not to be missed.

Art Exhibition: Windows of the Soul, Lumen United Reform Church, Tavistock Place, Friday 15th – Sunday 24th October. Free

Part of Bloomsbury Festival 2021, created by artists with sight loss, the exhibition includes Braille art, traditional paintings, print work, tactile work, icons, sound art, as well as animations depicting visual hallucinations.

Contact [email protected] for more information

Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe, audio described. Saturday 16th October, 2pm. Tickets from £5

Wild, surprising, fierce and funny, this fiery new production is directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes and is infused with the mesmeric nostalgia and soulful music of the world of Americana.

Booking contact number 0207 401 9919 or email [email protected]

Northern Ballet’s Merlin at Hull New Theatre, audio described. Saturday 16th October, 2:30pm. Insight talk at 1:30pm. Tickets from £24.50

Discover how the world’s most famous sorcerer mastered his magic to unite a warring kingdom. Expect an enchanting spectacle!

Booking contact number 01482 300300 option 7

To book email [email protected]

Find more events on Vocaleyes website.

Outdoor events

Museums, galleries and heritage venues events

Audio-described performance events


What’s Online

Can I Live – online tour, available now from Oxford Playhouse until Saturday 18th September. Pay what you can tickets. 60mins

Why don’t we talk about it? Fehinti Balogun and Complicité ask this urgent question and offers an invitation in Can I Live? a vital new digital performance about the climate catastrophe, sharing his personal journey into the biggest challenge of our times. Weaving his story with spoken word, rap, theatre, animation and the scientific facts, Fehinti charts a course through the fundamental issues underpinning the emergency, identifying the intimate relationship between the environmental crisis & the global struggle for social justice, and sharing how, as a young Black British man, he has found his place in the climate movement.

Can I Live? is a filmed performance available to watch online. You can watch Can I Live? from anywhere, regardless of which venue’s website you book through. Simply choose the dates that suit you best and go to the website of the venue that is hosting the show online that week to book. You’ll be sent simple instructions about how to watch the film on your chosen date from the comfort of your home… or mate’s house… or cafe… or wherever you fancy…  You can watch the film at any point in the period that the film is with your chosen venue. You will have 48 hours to watch from the moment you click play on the film.

Tour dates:

20 September 7.30pm – 22 September 11.59pm Creative Folkestone, Quarterhouse

4 October 7.30pm – 10 October 11.59pm Bristol Old Vic

11 October 7.30pm – 17 October 11.59pm HOME, Manchester

18 October 7.30pm – 24 October 11.59pm Cambridge Junction

25 October 7.30pm – 31 October 11.59pm ACCA Brighton

1 November 7.30pm – 12 November 11.59pm Barbican Centre

15 November 7.30pm – 21 November 11.59pm Theatre Royal Plymouth

22 November 7.30pm – 28 November 11.59pm Lighthouse, Poole


Trigger Stuff: The Hatchling, audio described. YouTube video, 2mins

Watch the highlights from the VocalEyes audio described event in August. A dragon came to Plymouth! She hatched the size of a single-decker bus, grew to the size of a double-decker, before transforming into a beautiful, flying dragon who took to the skies cross Plymouth Sound, and off into the sunset.

November Club: Hannah Glasse – The Rebels, audio described, YouTube, 10mins

A short film celebrating the 18th century cookery book writer, Hannah Glasse, the author of the most successful cookbook of all time, “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy”.

Podcast: Minnie Questions with Minnie Driver, podcast

Minnie Driver questions everything… and her acclaim as an actor and musician is undoubtedly rooted in her enraptured observations of the world around her. Now, Minnie sits down with experts and trailblazers across disciplines and asks them the same seven mini questions, showing even small questions can uncover larger truths about happiness, failure, love, loss and belonging. In interviewing a range of characters, Minnie questions… How are we the same? How are we different? How do we become who we are? Minnie questions… because it is the questions we ask that help us understand the world around us, and ourselves.

National Theatre of Scotland: Thirteen Fragments, audio described. YouTube video. 19mins

Thirteen fragments of love, death, exhaustion, anger and hope. Fragments given physical life through body and camera movement. Fragments given voice in poetry, soundscape and music. Rooted in the experience of the last year as a woman of colour, this intimate digital artwork brings artforms together to explore the meaning of female resilience in Scotland today.

TNF Soundings: Joan of Arc

Roger Brooks brings us a poem written to commemorate the short but eventful life of Joan of Arc, 5mins.

Sense Active: Audio Seated Pilates class

A fun and friendly, low-impact way to keep active. Particularly suitable for people with sight loss.

Thursday at 10.30am – 12.30pm. A phone call session with no tech required. Please email [email protected] for booking support.

Music Mixes from BBC Sounds

Focus Beats

In need of some Beats, rhythms and instrumentals to help you concentrate? This 2-hour playlist should get you through!

All Day Energy Mix

This four-hour playlist of upbeat anthems will keep you going all day!


AD on TV

Here’s our selection of audio-described TV programmes for the week ahead. This week our highlights are Help on Channel 4, Thursday 15th at 9pm – A young carer at a Liverpool care home forms a bond with a challenging patient, starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham. And the new ITV drama, Manhunt on Monday to Thursday at 9pm – Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton is tasked with reviewing Operation Minstead, starring Martin Clunes and Jude Akuwudik.

Thursday 16th September

Cold War and Cinema, Sky Arts, 7pm

A Killing in Tiger Bay, BBC2, 9pm

Fred and Rose West: Reopened

Help, Channel 4, 9pm

Friday 17th September

One Hit Wonders at the BBC, BBC4, 7pm

Remarkable Places to Eat, BBC2, 7.30pm

The Grantchester, ITV, 9pm

North Water, BBC2, 9.30pm

The Cleaner, BBC1, 9.30pm

Saturday 18th September

Animals with Cameras, BBC2, 1pm.

Vienna: Empire, Dynasty and Dream, BBC4, 7pm

Britain’s Most Historic Towns, Channel4, 7.30pm

Brazil with Michael Palin, BBC4, 8pm

Treasures with Bethany Hughes, Channel 4, 8.30pm

Film, Dead Pool 2, Channel 4, 9.30pm

Sunday 19th September

Serengeti, BBC1, 4.35pm

Film, The Day After Tomorrow, Channel 4, 5.20pm

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, BBC2, 8pm

Vigil, BBC1, 9pm

Julius Caesar Revealed, BBC4, 9pm

Monday 20th September

Beyond the Line: North Wales Traffic Cops, ITV, 8pm

Secrets of the Museum, BBC4, 8pm

Silent Witness, BBC1, 9pm

Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League, BBC2, 9pm

Manhunt, ITV, 9pm

Tuesday 21st September

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC4, 7pm

Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8pm

Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain, Channel 4, 9pm

Silent Witness, BBC1, 9pm

A House Through Time, BBC2, 9pm

Manhunt, ITV, 9pm

Wednesday 22nd September

Wild Brazil, BBC4, 8pm

Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, BBC1, 9pm

Manhunt, ITV, 9pm


Image description: Three people look at a painting at the Wellcome exhibition ‘On Happiness’. The picture is a stylised family portrait of a mother and father with a smiling baby.