From Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, the aurora borealis is recreated with multi-coloured lights over a night sky in a city park. Couples and groups watch from below.

What’s On & Online 19th August 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 19th August, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.

What’s On

Changing Destiny at Young Vic, audio described. Thursday 19th August, 7:30pm. Tickets from £10.

Two actors, a hundred characters and a 4,000-year-old tale about the strength of the human spirit. Cast members Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha will share the role of Sinuhe, with a game played on stage at the start of each performance to decide who will play the role.

Book online, by phone on 020 7922 2922 or email [email protected].

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF)

This year’s festival takes place from Friday 27th August to Saturday 11th September 2021.

Putting outdoor arts centre-stage as never before, marking our emergence from the pandemic with productions that celebrate our reconnection with the natural world, telling diverse and compelling stories, and bringing the GDIF experience to your doorstep. Details of audio described performances below. All access information available on the GDIF website.

We Are Watching at Cutty Sark, audio described. Friday 27th August, 5pm. Free.

Family Tree at Charlton House, audio described. Friday 27th August, 7:30pm. Touch tour at 6:30pm. Tickets £10 concessions, £15 full price.

Dance by Design at Charlton House, audio described. Saturday 28th August, 6pm. Touch tour 5pm. Free.

Greenwich Fair at Cutty Sark, audio described. Sunday 29th August, 12:30pm. Free

Borealis at Old Royal Naval College, audio described. Monday 30th August, 8pm. Free

Black Victorians at Guildhall Yard, audio described. Tuesday 31th August, 6pm. Touch tour 5:45pm. Free.


Desperate Men Double Bill: Slapstick and Slaughter / Washed Up at Devizes Shambles Market, audio described. Monday 30th August, 7:30pm. Touch tour 6:15pm. Tickets £3.

From Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts Festival.

Slapstick and Slaughter attempts to confront the absurdity of war in just 40 minutes using the body, voice and the surrealist toolbox of DADAism. Followed by feature film Washed Up, a bleakly comic study of a creative relationship in crisis.

Book tickets online  or email [email protected]

Singin’ in the Rain at Sadler’s Wells, audio described. Saturday 4th September, 2:30pm, touch tour 1pm. Tickets from £34.50.

With high-energy choreography and a sumptuous set design (including over 14,000 litres of water on stage every night) combined with the charm, romance and wit of one of the world’s best- loved films.

Book by phone on 0207 863 8128 or email [email protected]

Paradise at Olivier Theatre, National Theatre, audio described. Saturday 4th September, 2:30pm. Touch tour 12:30pm. Tickets £20.

A thrilling story of pride, glory and betrayal in the epic new take on Greek legend, Philoctetes – once a celebrated wartime hero, now a wounded outcast on a desolate island.

Book by phone on 020 7452 3961 or email [email protected]

Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe, audio described. Saturday 11th September, 2pm. Touch tour 11:30am. Tickets £5 – £53.

A wild, surprising, fierce and funny version of Shakespeare’s classic. Illyria is a society in limbo, held captive by loss. Until a sea-drenched stranger arrives and unexpectedly unleashes the chaotic and transformative power of love.

Book by phone on 0207 401 9919 or email [email protected]

The Cat and The Canary at Derby Theatre, audio described. Saturday 11th September, 2:30pm. Touch tour 1:15pm. Tickets £21.50 – £33.50.

A haunting thriller. Twenty years after the death of Mr. West, his descendants gather to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. Within moments, the heritage hunters turn into prey. Walls crack open, shadows loom and dark secrets are revealed.

Who is The Cat? His movements soundless, unnoticeable, and his vengeance swift! Who will feel his horrible grasp next?

Book by phone on 01332593939 or email [email protected]

What’s Online

Bristol Old Vic – Outlier: On Demand, audio described. Available until Sunday 22nd August. From £8. Running time: 2hours.

Powerful poetics and soaring music.

For ages 14+. Please note: Includes emotionally intense scenes relating to drugs and alcohol, isolation and grief. Flashing lights.

Stories from Sweden: Live Free or Die, audio described. YouTube 6mins.

An 80-year-old lady, who has chosen to live on her own in the remote mountains of Sweden, reflects on her life and about finding a place to call home, so isolated from everything many of us take for granted.

Almeida Theatre: Michael X, audio described. YouTube 55mins.

Orator and Black Power activist Michael X addresses the crowd at the 1965 Racial Adjustment Action Society, ‘the lifeblood of the Black man in Britain.’ His incendiary speech takes in his journey from Trinidad to Notting Hill and the destruction of the Caribbean dream in the face of British racism.

TNF Soundings: Berlin Wall 60 Years On

August 1961 saw the Berlin Wall built in a matter of days, dividing East and West Germany for 28 years.

1623Theatre: Shake Up! Shelford Road, audio described. YouTube 7mins.

Written and performed by Karen Spicer, a working-class gay actor and theatre maker. This political and moving poem is based on Karen’s chats about Shakespeare with her mum and friends on Shelford Road in Gedling, a former mining town near Nottingham where Karen grew up.

AD on TV

Here’s our selection of audio described TV programmes. This week we’re looking forward to Serengeti, Sunday 22th August, BBC1, 5.35pm

Thursday 19th August

Natural World, BBC2, 4.15pm

Yorkshire Firefighters, BBC2, 8pm

A Year in the Beacons, ITV, 8.30pm

I am, Channel 4, 9pm

An Inspector Calls, BBC4, 9pm

Friday 20th August

Mystery of the Lost Paintings, Sky Arts, 3pm

The Making of Marc Bolan, 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 21st August

Film, The Wooden Horse, BBC2, 12.50pm

Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales, Channel 4, 7pm

Film, Iron Man 3, BBC1, 7.25pm

Billy Monger: Changing Gear, Channel 4, 8pm

Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror, Sky Arts, 9pm

Film, Fighting with my Family, Channel 4, 9pm

Film, Fast and Furious 5, ITV, 9.55pm

Sunday 22nd August

Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts, 1pm

Film, The Great Outdoors, ITV4, 1.55pm

Battle of the Brass Bands, Sky Arts, 4pm

Film, Young Victoria, BBC2, 4.20pm

Film, Sing, ITV4, 4.50pm

Serengeti, BBC1, 5.35pm

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 7pm

The Secret World of…. Channel 4, 8pm

A Wild Year, BBC2, 8pm

Baptiste, BBC1, 9pm

Monday 23rd August

River Walks, BBC2, 7pm

Julia Bradbury’s Icelandic Walk, BBC4, 7.30pm

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

Summer of Wild Weather: Is the worst to come? Channel 4, 9pm

Tuesday 24th August

The Secret Life of Zoo, Channel 4, 8pm

Caught on Camera, ITV, 9pm

Rome Unpacked, BBC4, 9pm

Secrets of the Museum, BBC2, 9pm

Shakespeare in Italy, BBC4, 11pm

The Festival that Rocked the World, Sky Arts, 11pm

Wednesday 25th August

Earth’s Great Rivers, BBC4, 8pm

Undeniable, ITV, 9pm

Death in Paradise, BBC1, 9pm

Erotic Adventures of Anais Nin, Sky Arts, 10.20pm

Please note programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.

Event image: From Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, the aurora borealis is recreated with multi-coloured lights over a night sky in a city park. Couples and groups watch from below.