A marble bust of a young Nero stares out from a black background.

What’s On & Online 22nd July 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for 22nd July, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture events, covering up to 28th August 2021.

Featured Event

British Museum, Online Audio description talk – Nero: The Man Behind the Myth, Wednesday 28th July, 2pm. Zoom, Free, booking required

Nero has long been considered one of Rome’s most egotistical, extravagant and ruthless emperors. Join VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans and an exhibition curator to explore Nero’s rule with key objects from the exhibition. Register on Zoom to attend. For any booking or access queries phone 020 7323 8971 or email [email protected].

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What’s On

Romeo and Juliet at [email protected], Hull, audio described, Saturday 31st July, 2pm. Tickets: £14 – £26

Shakespeare’s timeless tale of passion and tragedy, set in a divided society, is as fresh and relevant now as it has ever been. This sparkling new version of one of the greatest love stories, is told with live music and in the open air. Book by phone on 01482 323638 or email [email protected]

Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe, audio described, Saturday 14th August, 2pm. Touch tour 11:30am. Tickets: £5 – £53

A fiery new production unleashing the chaotic and transformative power of love in Illyria, a society in limbo, held captive by loss. Book by phone on 0207 401 9919 or email [email protected].

Van Gogh Alive at Kensington Gardens, audio described tours. Sunday 15th August, 12noon, 2pm and 4pm. Monday 16th August, 3pm. Tickets: £24

Step inside Van Gogh’s masterpieces and feel their power at this immersive multi-sensory experience. Set to an evocative classical score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms every surface that surrounds you. Hosted within a stunning, 25,000 square foot purpose-built venue in Kensington Gardens, just opposite the Royal Albert Hall. Lots of information about your visit and background to Van Gogh in the audio guideBook tickets online or email [email protected]

Magic Goes Wrong at Cambridge Arts Theatre, audio described. Saturday 21st August, 2:30pm. Tickets: £25

The Mischief team is back on stage with a hilarious new show! A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target! Book by phone on 01223 503333 or email [email protected]

Be More Chill at Shaftesbury Theatre, audio described Tuesday 24th August, 7:30pm. Tickets: £31.40

With a score full of addictive earworms and a universal, sci-fi tinged story about the competing voices in  our heads, this funny musical features an outstanding young British cast. Book by phone on 020 7379 5399 or email [email protected]

What’s Online

Livestream: Romeo and Juliet at The Globe, audio described Saturday 7th August, 7pm. Tickets from £5

From historic feud to ill-fated union, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet finds new significance this summer in the Globe Theatre. Book tickets online, phone 0207 401 9919 or email [email protected]

Livestream: Bagdad Cafe: In Camera at The Old Vic , audio described Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th August, 7:30pm. Tickets: £10 – £40

Ordinarily, no one would choose to stay at the Bagdad Cafe but in the dust and isolation, unexpected and extraordinary friendships blossom. The lost are found as individuals transform into an eclectic community bound by music, magic and some very strong coffee. Book by phone on 0344 871 7635 or email [email protected]

Women Making History – PROCESSIONS Banners Exhibition, audio described, YouTube 10 mins

This exhibition of more than 100 extraordinary banners made for PROCESSIONS, took place at London Scottish House, Westminster to mark 100 years of the first UK women getting the vote. The film features the hand-crafted banners displayed at the exhibition and interviews with artists, processionees, Artichoke producers and visitors about the impact of the project.

New Victory Theater, NY, New Victory Dance 2021, audio described, YouTube 1 hour 13 mins

New Victory Teaching Artists Melle Phillips and Patrick Ferreri guide you through a mixed bill of five New York dance companies and share questions, choreography and prompts to get you moving.

Scottish Opera On Screen playlist , audio described, YouTube, six videos, from 2 hours to 16 mins

On this playlist you’ll find the audio-described versions of six Scottish Opera short films, created especially for those with visual impairments.

Wireless Theatre Company Audio Drama, Free

Wireless Theatre is a leading award-winning UK audio drama production company. With hundreds of original, full-cast audio dramas and audio plays to stream or download, completely free. Choose from the huge range of top-quality full cast recordings featuring well known and talented actors.

Wireless Theatre offers its audio drama and audio comedy downloads to stream and as a collection of audio drama podcasts.

AD on TV

This week’s round-up of audio described TV programmes. Programmes correct at time of publication but subject to change.

Thursday 22nd July

Too Young to Die, Sky Arts, 8pm

Diana’s Decades, ITV, 9pm

Uprising, BBC1, 9pm

Heist, BBC2, 9.30pm

Friday 23rd July

Inside Cadbury: Chocolate Secrets Unwrapped, Channel 4, 8pm

Reclaiming Amy, BBC2, 9pm

Death in Paradise, BBC1, 9pm

Film, The Lost Boys, BBC1, 10.35pm

Saturday 24th July

Japan with Sue Perkins, BBC2, 6pm

Film, Deep Impact, E4, 6.40pm

Coastal Railway Walks with Julie Walters, Channel4, 7pm

Treasures of Ancient Greece, BBC4, 7pm

A Lake District Farm Shop, Channel 4, 8pm

Coast: The Great Guide, BBC4, 8pm

Film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Channel 4, 9pm

Film, Lady Bird, BBC1, 10.30pm

Sunday 25th July

Coast vs Country, Channel 4, 5.30pm

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 7pm

California Dreamin: The Songs of the Mamas and the Papas, Sky Arts, 7.40pm

Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich, BBC2, 8pm

A Very British Country House, Channel 4, 8pm

Baptiste, BBC1, 9pm

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

World War Speed: The Drug that Won WWII, BBC4, 10pm

Monday 26th July

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

Gold Town, BBC2, 7pm

An Art Lover’s Guide, BBC4, 8pm

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

Tuesday 27th July

Peter Blake: Pop Art Life, Sky Arts, 7pm

Great Australian Railway Journeys, BBC2, 7pm

Wild China with Ray Mears, ITV, 7.30pm

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Secrets of Museum, BBC2, 8pm

Film, Hitman: Agent 47, Channel 4, 9pm

Film, The A Team, ITV4, 10pm

Wednesday 28th July

Great Australian Railway Journeys, BBC2, 7pm

Chris Packham: The Walk That Made Me, BBC2, 8pm

Earth From Space, BBC4, 8pm

Morecambe and Wise: The Lost Tapes, ITV, 9pm

Fake or Fortune, BBC1, 9pm

The Planets, BBC4, 9pm


Image: A marble bust of a young Nero on a black background from the British Museum’s exhibition.