Three visitors make their way through The Garden of Privatised Delights at the UK Pavilion at Venice Biennale. A metal frame, painted pink and covered with ivy, creates a circular doorway for them to enter the exhibition. 

What’s On & Online 23rd September 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 23rd September, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible art and culture to enjoy in person or at home.

Featured audio descriptive guide: The British Pavilion at Venice Biennale Architettura 2021 

You may not be able to go to Venice to see the exhibition, instead immerse yourself in this introduction to the Venice Biennale ‘How Will We Live Together?’ followed by a descriptive tour of the British Pavilion’s exhibition The Garden of Privatised Delights. Divided into five tracks, it takes about 35mins in total to listen.


What’s On

On Edge, Pavilion Promenade, Worthing. Saturday 25th September at 1pm and 4pm

Register your interest in the performance on the event’s Facebook page.

Pre-recorded audio description. Breathtaking Parkour athletics and theatre tell a moving story of what it means to be free, highlighting modern slavery in our community.

Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe, audio described. Sunday 3rd October, 1pm with touch tour at 10:30am. Audio intro notes now available

From historic feud to ill-fated union, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet speaks of chance, destiny and fortune and, after some of the most fractious years in recent history, this universal tale finds new significance in 2021.

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

Adult Children at 26 Leak Street, London with audio-described introduction, Wednesday 6th-Sunday 17th October, 11am – 9pm

A poetic VR piece that interrogates the fragility of relationships in a time of social distance. ADULT CHILDREN examines the complex fragility of relationships in a time of social distance, exploring the shifting needs between families and friends, young people and old, performers and audiences and between ourselves and the strangers we were asked to protect. You will be given a VR headset and headphones for the performance. Please ask a member of staff for the audio-described introduction to be set up for you before the play.

Booking contact number 0207 928 3232 (lines open 11.30am-8.30pm daily) Booking contact email [email protected]

Extra Time at Derby Theatre, audio described. Thursday 14th October, 2:30pm with touch tour 1:15pm. Tickets £15

A pitch-perfect tribute to Derby and the 1946 FA Cup win. Created by the people of Derby for the people of Derby.

Football and performance go head-to-head to deliver a unique and impassioned live experience about Derby County Football Club, the fans and the city.

Booking contact number 01332 593939 Booking contact email [email protected]

Lone Flier at Hull Truck Theatre, audio described. Tuesday 19th October, 7:30pm, touch tour 6pm. Tickets £19.50

A powerful play about a Hull heroine. As the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, Amy Johnson’s career reached new heights, but the outbreak of the Second World War changed everything.

Booking contact number 01482 323 638 Booking contact email [email protected]

Grown Ups at Cambridge Arts Theatre, audio described. Saturday 23rd October, 2:30pm. Tickets £20

The Mischief Comedy team are back! Follow an unruly classroom of six-year-olds on their journey through anarchic high school teenagers to the challenges of adulthood.

Booking number 01223 503333 Booking email [email protected]

What’s Online

Royal Collection Trust, audio descriptive zoom sessions. Tuesday 5th October, 2pm

To coincide with the exhibition Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour, a series of Descriptive Zoom sessions will take place, for blind and partially sighted people, on the first Tuesday of the month. Join to find out more about a masterpiece from one of the Official Residences of The Queen.

Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked.

To book email [email protected] or call 07860 612393

Let Me Be Trailer, captioned and audio-described YouTube video, 2mins

Graeae and 1623 present LET ME BE – a new digitally-delivered theatre making course for Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists including actors, directors and writers. The course explores Shakespeare’s characters and how they relate to your own stories. You don’t need lots of experience of Shakespeare or autobiographical theatre to do the course. Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent artists aged 16 and above – at any stage of their career – are welcome to take part and develop skills together in a new ensemble. Starting on Tuesday 5th October 2021, the course runs on Zoom every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm. You have the option to take part for 5 or 10 weeks. Course fee is £5.

For more information or to apply for a place, contact [email protected]. Applications close at the end of Sunday 12th September 2021.

National Theatre of Scotland: Running Out, audio described YouTube video, 12mins

Eager to keep up with her fitness-freak mum, Fran has to get on with her training. The only problem is she’s stuck inside and doing laps round her kitchen isn’t going to cut it. But with the power of imagination, and a little virtual motivation from her long-suffering coach Nick, she can escape the mundanity of her surroundings. Victoria Balnaves and John Scougall feature in a breathless new short from writer Àine King, directed by Sarah McCardie.

AD on TV

Check out what’s on TV this week with audio description. Our highlight is The Big Painting Challenge Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th, Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th on BBC2, 2.15pm.

The artists take on a still life in the first challenge facing a table laden with objects. Can the artists keep their cool as they paint under pressure for the first time?

Thursday 23rd September

The Big Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC4, 7pm

Flying Scotsman: Sounds from the Footplate, BBC4, 8pm

Manhunt, ITV, 9pm

A Killing in Tiger Bay, BBC2, 9pm

Friday 24th September

The Big Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

Dolly Parton: Song by Song, Sky Arts, 7pm

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Channel 4, 8pm

The Grantchaster, ITV, 9pm

The Cleaner, BBC1, 9.30pm

Saturday 25th September

Film: Edward Scissorhands, E4, 6.55pm

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

Treasures with Bethany Hughes, Channel 4, 7.20pm

Brazil with Michael Palin, BBC4, 8pm

Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson, Channel 4, 8.20pm

Sunday 26th September

Serengeti, BBC1, 3.30pm

Film: Robots, ITV2, 4pm

Film: Now You See Me, Channel 4, 6.30pm

Lost Treasure Tombs of Ancient Maya, Channel 4, 8pm

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, BBC2, 8pm

Vigil, BBC1, 9pm

How to Build, BBC4, 10pm

Monday 27th 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

Tuesday 28th September

The Big Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

An Island Parish, BBC2, 3.15pm

Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8pm

Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal, BBC4, 9pm

Silent Witness, BBC1, 9pm

A House Through Time, BBC2, 9pm

Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain, Channel 4, 9.30pm

Wednesday 29th September

The Big Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

An Island Parish, BBC2, 3.15pm

7 Up A New Generation, BBC1, 9pm

Hollington Drive, ITV, 9pm

Janine Jansen: Falling for Stradivari, Sky Arts, 9pm

Image description: Three visitors make their way through The Garden of Privatised Delights at the UK Pavilion at Venice Biennale. A metal frame, painted pink and covered with ivy, creates a circular doorway for them to enter the exhibition.