Inua Ellams stares at the spectator with wide eyes. He wears a black shirt, black glasses and a Nigerian Kufi hat. The background resembles a weaving pattern with thick strips of blue and red that interlink creating brown rhombuses.

What’s On & Online – 17th June

Welcome to What’s On & Online for 17th June 2021, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture, now in person and online.

VocalEyes News

Creative Workshops

Is there a creative project you have always wanted to try? Or a creative activity you already do that you would like to share with other blind and visually impaired people?

We are planning to run some pilot events later this year. You can get involved by letting us know what you are keen to take part in. Please also tell us about any workshops you are already involved with. This is an exciting opportunity to help plan VocalEyes future work so please do share any ideas.

Some ideas for workshops:

  • Arts and crafts, such as pottery, painting, mosaics
  • Sewing or knitting
  • Singing or other music
  • Dance
  • Poetry or creative writing
  • Cookery

As long as there is a connection with creativity, we want to hear from you!

We would also like to know if you could attend a workshop in London. Or would you prefer a virtual session?

There may be a charge to attend a workshop.  What is the maximum you would pay to attend a workshop?

Please email your creative ideas and any comments to [email protected]

Pathways Academy: Inclusive Design Course taster sessions

The Centre of Accessible Environments will be starting the second year of their Pathways Academy Inclusive Design modular course in October 2021. If you are a disabled Londoner aged 18-30 and would like to find out more then why not sign up to one of their virtual taster sessions on 29th June or 27th July. Could you be the next generation of access talent? This could be the start of your exciting new career.


What’s On

Here’s a selection of upcoming audio-described performances. For full listings please visit VocalEyes’ What’s On page where you can search by event type, region, and date.

Black Country Living Museum: Transport Weekend – Audio described Access Tour. Saturday 19th June, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Tickets: £19.95 + free essential companion

Celebrate the history of transport in the black country. You’ll have a personal guide for exclusive access to the car collections on site.

Book online or phone 0121 520 8054. All bookings must be made in advance.

Harold Pinter Theatre: J’Ouvert. Audio-described on Friday 2nd July at 7:30pm. Tickets from £10

Set at Notting Hill Carnival, J’Ouvert is a joyful and fearless story of two best friends, battling to preserve tradition in a society where women’s bodies are frequently under threat.

Booking contact number is 0800 912 6971.

Hampstead Theatre: The Death of a Black Man. Audio-described on Saturday 3rd July at 2:30pm. Tickets: £16

It’s 1973 and the West Indies have spectacularly beaten England at cricket, their own game, in their own backyard. Alfred Fagon’s darkly compelling drama, with its witty and complex characters is compulsive viewing.

Contact the venue by calling 020 7722 9301 or emailing [email protected]

Olivier Theatre at National Theatre: Under Milk Wood. Audio-described on Thursday 8th July at 2pm. Touch tour at 12pm. Tickets from £20

Michael Sheen gives A new lease of life to Dylan Thomas’ poetic masterpiece. As they awake to boiled eggs and the postman, the residents of a small Welsh village juggle old secrets and new realities.

Contact the venue on 020 7452 3961 or [email protected]

Poole Lighthouse: Blindness. Audio-described, Tuesday 13th – 17th July. Tickets: £1.75

Last chance to watch this gripping sound installation, in-person or at home. There are four screening per day at 1pm, 3:15pm, 6:15pm and 8:30pm. Book your tickets on the Poole Lighthouse website. Also available to watch at home if you can’t get to the venue.

Book your tickets by calling 01202 280000 or email [email protected]


What’s Online

An Evening with an Immigrant – online stream. Thursday 17th June at 7:30pm, Friday 18th June at 9pm, and Saturday 19th June at 7:30pm. Tickets: £10.

Written and performed by Inua Ellams, filmed at The Bridge Theatre in November 2020, with music Selection by DJ Sid Mercutio. Littered with poems and stories, award-winning poet Inua Ellams tells his ridiculous, fantastic immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

Audio-description and captions available for each show.  Showing on Fuel Digital, 90mins with 1 minute interval. Book tickets on Eventbrite or email [email protected]

Theatre Royal Stratford East: The Sun, The Moon, And The StarsAudio described Saturday 19th June at 2:30pm. Tickets from £10

Femi is visited by her brother’s ghost. He takes her into the past, revealing the final moments before his murder. But with a lack of evidence and eyewitnesses considered unreliable, Femi is determined to set things right herself. Directed by Nadia Fall and starring Kibong Tanji, Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s new play THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE STARS explores trauma, rage and the extent one young woman will go to in her quest for justice.

Book yout tickets on 020 8534 0310 or [email protected]

Mischief Movie Night In (livestream). Audio described on Sunday 11th July at 8pm. Recorded touch tour at 7:30pm. Tickets: £10.

Sit back and relax in the comfort of your own sofa and enjoy a completely different show every night, performed and streamed direct from London’s Riverside Studios.

Book tickets online for this hilarious night in!

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

Now on display in Barnsley Markets until Sunday 20th June. If you can’t get to the venue, you can listen online to VocalEyes recorded audio description of the bold and colourful painting.

The Hamilcast, A Hamilton Podcast: #270, Paul Tazewell – Hamilton’s Costume Designer

A podcast about all things Hamilton, from how it came together, what it takes to put on all around the world, and the innerworkings of the show. Featuring interviews with cast members from each Hamilton tour (UK and Broadway), crew members, musicians, creatives, and all backstage staff.

Podcast: Voices of The Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove

Find out what goes on behind the scenes of a museum. Listen to the rich and varied stories of the museum people who keep Brighton’s historic buildings and collections relevant, vibrant, and accessible for the world we are living in.

TNF Soundings: Book review of The Power and The Glory

Listen to a book discussion about an audio version of The Power and The Glory, a novel by Graham Greene, including excerpts provided courtesy of Calibre Audio. 18mins.


AD on TV

What’s on TV this week with AD? Here’s a selection for you – programmes subject to change but correct at time of publication.

Thursday 17th June

Discovering Film: Maximillian Schell, Sky Arts, 6pm

Florence Foster Jenkins, BBC4, 8pm

Film: Together, BBC2, 9pm

Grand Designs, Channel 4, 9pm

Film: Lucy, ITV4, 10pm

Friday 18th June

Discovering Film: Robert Taylor, Sky Arts, 6pm

Great Continental Railway Journeys, BBC2, 6.30pm

Film: Mamma Mia, ITVBe, 8pm

Death in Paradise, BBC1, 9pm

Queen Elizabeth: Love Honour and Crown, Channel 4, 9pm

Saturday 19th June

Film: Romancing the Stone, ITV4, 1.45pm

24X36 A Movie about Movie Posters, Sky Arts, 2pm

Natural World, BBC2, 6.30pm

Film: Apollo 13, ITV4, 7.40pm

Film: Wonder Woman, ITV, 7.45pm

Film: Rush Hour, ITV, 11.40pm

Sunday 20th June

Film: Leap Year, Channel 4, 2pm

Film: The Boxtrolls, ITV2, 2.10pm

Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur, BBC2, 5.35pm

Africa with Ade Adepitan, BBC2, 7pm

Maps: Power, Plunder and Possession, BBC4, 8pm

Our Wild Adventures, BBC2, 8pm

Time, BBC1, 9pm

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

Arctic with Bruce Parry, BBC2, 10pm

Monday 21st June

Discovering Film: Montgomery Cliff, Sky Arts, 6pm

Great Continental Railway Journeys, BBC2, 6.30pm

India’s Partition: The Forgotten Story, BBC4, 9.40pm

Tuesday 22nd June

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

The Jet Stream and Us, BBC4, 9pm

Death in Paradise, BBC1, 9pm

The Countess and the Russian Billionaire, BBC2, 9pm

Wednesday 23rd June

Discovering Film: Jack Palance, Sky Arts 6pm

The Flying Scotsman: A Rail Romance BBC4, 9pm

King Arthur’s Britain: The Truth Unearthed, BBC4, 10pm

The Making of King Arthur, BBC4, 11pm

Urban Myths, Sky Arts, 11pm


Image description: Inua Ellams stares at the spectator with wide eyes. He wears a black shirt, black glasses and a Nigerian Kufi hat. The background resembles a weaving pattern with thick strips of blue  and red that interlink creating brown rhombuses.