From Doodle POP: On stage, two actors in matching black and white clothes and white paper crowns, reach out their arms and look shocked. Their shadows appear on the black wall behind them, which is painted with thick white lines like a cartoon explosion. 

What’s On & Online 18th November 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 18th November, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture to enjoy in person and at home. Don’t forget to keep checking our What’s On At Christmas guide for all your festive treats.

VocalEyes Online Course: From creative writing to performance

Learn the basic skills to start writing your own creative pieces and perform them in this series of six online workshops. Have fun and learn some new things at these beginner’s level workshops led by arts professionals Alison Woodhouse and Elizbeth Roney.

Taking place on zoom on Friday 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2021 and the 7th, 14th and 21st January 2022. All sessions 10am – 1pm.

Cost for full course of 6 sessions is £72+VAT (£86.40), payable in total in advance to VocalEyes. Maximum 12 participants,

Register today to secure your place on this exciting course (via TicketTailor)

What’s On

The Wife of Willesden at Kiln Theatre, audio described Thursday 9th December, 7:30pm. Touch tour at 6pm. Tickets £15

Adapted by Zadie Smith from Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath. Are you ready to hear local legend Alvita’s life story? Without shame, she’ll tell it to anyone in the pub.

Booking contact number 020 7328 1000
Booking contact email [email protected]

Little Women the Musical at Park Theatre, audio described. Saturday 11th December, 3pm. Touch tour at 2pm. Tickets £16.50

A timeless and captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s critically acclaimed book with a beautiful score by Grammy Award winner Jason Howland.

Booking contact number 02078706876 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Papatango New Writing Prize Audio Plays

Audio described at Stephen Joseph Theatre from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th December

Audio described at An Tobar & Mull Theatre from Tuesday 16th to Saturday 18th December

Continuing on their UK tour there’s more opportunities to listen for free to the three prize winning audio plays.

Listen at theatres via tablets or QR code to SOME OF US EXIST IN THE FUTURE, by Nkenna Akunna, THE SILENCE AND THE NOISE, by Tom Powell and GHOST STORIES FROM AN OLD COUNTRY, by Tajinder Singh Hayer.

Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre, audio described. Saturday 18th December, 2:30pm. Touch tour 12:30pm. Tickets £37.75

The unforgettable West End and Broadway musical phenomenon tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz.

Booking contact number 0800 912 6973 
Booking contact email [email protected]

While the Sun Shines at Orange Tree Theatre, audio described. Saturday 18th December, 2:30pm. Tickets £15

London in the Blitz and identities get confused: time to make hay… Terrence Rattigan’s delectably charming comedy.

Booking contact number 020 8940 3633 
Booking contact email [email protected]

What’s Online

Wellcome Collection: The sweet sound of synthetic speech

Continuing the series about The History of Assistive Vision, Alex Lee and Ian Treherne explore synthetic speech. You can still read part 1 – Life Before Assistive Technology

National Theatre of Scotland: Carry Me Home – A Ferry Tale, audio described YouTube video, 12mins

A journey of loss and acceptance. Having found what she is looking for, Mairi is taking the last ferry home. A community folds their arms around her in a new short film scripted by Seth Hardwick and Viv Gee.

Noli Mi Tangere (2021) by Victoria Ahrens Peltz Gallery, audio described YouTube video, 14 mins

A video collage featuring imagery created by Ahrens on the English south coast. Ahrens exposes and develops photographic plates on location, before then adding chalk and shale to the printed images, in this way, bringing back a haptic encounter with the geology of the place.

Our Common Threads by Veronica Betani and Rosina Maepa, audio described YouTube video, 19mins

Betani and Maepa live more than 1000km apart in South Africa and have never met. In this film, the two artists use WhatsApp to exchange details of their lives affected by COVID-19, before they each create embroidery inspired by the conversations. The exchanges share how they create artwork at home amidst power cuts and caring responsibilities.

TNF Soundings: Christmas Spices

Christmas is fast approaching – find out about the qualities and uses of some of the favourite spices commonly found in Christmas baking. 3mins.

For children – New Victory Theatre: Audio described short films on demand

Available online until 30th June 2022.

Huddle from Unicorn Theatre & Filskit Theatre

Papa Penguin receives a special delivery from the sky in this charming short. For ages 3-6. 10mins. Rent for $5

Doodle POP from BRUSH Theatre from Seoul, South Korea

A clowning duo doodles their way through an imagination-fueled adventure. For ages 3-7. 55mins. Rent for $25

Anansi the Spider Re-spun from Unicorn Theatre

Three West African and Caribbean folktales are spun into one inventive film. For ages 3-8. 40mins. Rent for $25

AD on TV

Our selection of audio described TV programmes for the week ahead.

Thursday 18th November

Portrait Artist Of The Year, Sky Arts, 7pm

Mary Berry – Love to Cook, BBC2, 8pm

Handmade: Britain’s Best, Channel 4, 8pm

Walt Disney, BBC Four, 8pm

Dalgliesh, Channel 5, 9pm

Friday 19th November

The Best Christmas Food Ever, BBC2, 2:25pm

Discovering: Tony Curtis, Sky Arts, 6pm

Griff’s Great New Zealand, ITV, 8pm

The Wild Gardener, BBC2, 8pm

Dalgliesh, Channel 5, 9pm

Inside the Care Crisis with Ed, BBC2, 11:05pm

Saturday 20th November

James Martin’s Islands to Highlands, ITV, 12:55pm

Film: The Third Man, BBC2, 1:15pm

Film: Shrek, ITV2, 4:55pm

World’s Busiest Cities, BBC2, 5:25p

Bettany Hughes’ Treasures of the World: Mediterranean Islands, Channel 4, 7pm

Ancient Invisible Cities: Athens, BBC4, 7:40pm

The Madame Blanc Mysteries, Channel 5, 7:55pm

Britain by Beach: Eastern Scotland, Channel 4, 8pm

Empire State of Mind, Channel 4, 9pm

Sunday 21st November

Film: Octopussy, ITV, 2:20pm

Frozen Planet, BBC1, 3:50pm

Hidden Cardiff with Will Millard, BBC2, 7pm

Showtrial, BBC1, 9pm

Film: Face/Off, ITV, 11pm

Close to Me, Channel 4, 9pm

The History Of Comedy: Drawn To Be Funny, Sky Arts, 10pm

Monday 22nd November

The Art Show, Sky Arts 12pm

Nature’s Weirdest Events, BBC2, 4:15pm

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC Four, 7:30pm

Gino’s Italian Family Adventure, ITV, 8pm

Food Unwrapped, Channel 4, 8pm

Inside Beverly Hills, Channel 4, 11:05pm

Tuesday 23rd November

Discovering: Errol Flynn, Sky Arts, 5:50pm

Saving Lives at Sea, BBC2, 8pm

Who Do You Think You Are? Joe Sugg, BBC1, 9pm

Miriam and Alan: Lost in Scotland, Channel 4, 9:15pm

Wednesday 24th November

Shetland, BBC1, 9pm

The Seventies, Sky Arts, 10pm.


Image description: From Doodle POP: On stage, two actors in matching black and white clothes and white paper crowns, reach out their arms and look shocked. Their shadows appear on the black wall behind them, which is painted with thick white lines like a cartoon explosion.