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What’s On & Online 24th June

Welcome to What’s On & Online for 24th June, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture to enjoy in person and virtually. Please keep sending your ideas on our creative workshops project.

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]

Get Involved – research project on an inclusive online tour of the Chelsea Physic Garden

Here’s an exciting research opportunity request from Dr Rachel Hutchinson, University of Westminster.

We would like to invite you to take part in our online research project, about an inclusive online tour of the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Nestled in the heart of London, next to the River Thames, the Chelsea Physic Garden has been an important site for plant collections since 1673. Today, it is a place to relax and unwind in nature as well as to explore the history of London’s oldest botanic garden.

With Covid-19 impacting on our ability to visit historic gardens in person, we wanted to explore ways to bring the Chelsea Physic Garden to people at home. We have created an inclusive video tour which introduces you to the delights that this unique heritage site has to offer. By taking part in the study, you will provide invaluable feedback to help us understand how to develop engaging and inclusive online tours. Our objective is to develop ways for us all to access and enjoy our cultural heritage at home.

We anticipate the study taking a total of approximately 45 minutes in total.  You can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 Amazon voucher, upon completion of the study.

To take part, please click on this link to start. This takes you to an information page which explains what is involved in participation. You can continue from there if you are happy to, and you will be redirected to the video on YouTube.

If you would like to take part, but would prefer to give your questionnaire responses over Zoom rather than online, please contact [email protected]

Please feel free to forward this to any friends, colleagues or family who might be interested. We hope you enjoy it!

Dr Rachel Hutchinson, University of Westminster

What’s On

National Gallery: Jan van Huysum Visits

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase is now on display in Lincoln. Until Saturday 26th June you can see the painting at Bridge Food Bank in Lincoln. Listen to VocalEyes audio described recording of the painting.

Blindness Tour. The sound installation heads to Scotland

Edinburgh Festival Theatre. Tuesday 29th June – Saturday 3rd July. Four audio-described showings per day at 1pm, 3:15pm, 6pm and 8:30pm. Watch at home tickets also available. To book, call 0131 5296000 or email [email protected]

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Tuesday 6th – Saturday 10th July. Audio-described screenings at 1pm, 3:15pm, 6:15pm and 8:30pm. Tickets: £20. Watch at home tickets also available if you can’t make it to the venue. To book, call 01463 234234 or email [email protected]

Breakin’ Convention presents Compagnie Niya: Gueules Noire at Sadler’s Wells. Audio-described on Friday 2nd July at 8pm. Tickets from £25.

Join UK hip hop pioneer Jonzi D for an awe-inspiring performance of exceptional dance. To book, call 0207 863 8128 or email [email protected]

After Life at National Theatre. Audio described on Saturday 3rd and Wednesday 21st July at 2:30pm. Touch tour at 12:30pm. Tickets from £20.

If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be? a surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives. Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda’s award-winning film.

To book, call 020 7452 3961 or email [email protected]

The Invisible Hand at Kiln Theatre. Audio described Thursday 15th July at 7:30pm. Touch tour at 6pm. Tickets: £15 – 32.50.

American banker Nick Bright knows that his freedom comes at a price. Confined to a cell in rural Pakistan, every second counts. Who will decide his fate? His captors, or the whims of the market?

To book, call 020 7625 0138 or email [email protected]

Romeo and Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Audio-described Saturday 17th July at 2:15pm. Tickets: £25.

Shakespeare’s timeless story of two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love.

To book, call 0333 400 3562 or email [email protected]

Constellations at Vaudeville Theatre

Four new casts. One relationship. Infinite Possibilities. Nick Payne’s beautiful and heart-breaking romance Constellations is revived in the West End with a twist: four different casts take turns to journey through the multiverse and the infinite possibilities of a relationship; each refracting the play afresh. Audio described performance with each cast.

Saturday 17th July, 2pm – Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker

Saturday 24 July, 2pm – Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah

Sunday 29 August, 2pm – Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd

Sunday 5th September, 2pm – Omari Douglas and Russell Tovey


Find more events on VocalEyes website:

Outdoor events

Museums, galleries and heritage venues events

Audio-described performance events

What’s Online

Repeat Signal: online stream. Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th June. Audio described each evening at 7:30pm. Free but booking required.

When two teenagers sneak into a museum at night to make a film, they find more than they bargained for. Performed on site at Woodhorn Museum, Ashington.

Book your free tickets on the November Club’s website

Outlier: livestream. Audio described from Bristol Old Vic. Friday 25th June, 7:30pm. Tickets from £8.

The powerful poetics of Malaika Kegode and soaring music of Bristol band Jakabol combine in this autobiographical gig-theatre show directed by Jenny Davies. Genre-defying and emotional, Outlier explores the impact of isolation, addiction and friendship on young people in the often-forgotten places.

Booking contact number 0117 987 7877. Booking contact email [email protected]

Multistory: Seeing in Isolation. In Conversation with Blind & Visually Impaired International PhotographersWednesday  30th June, 6-8pm, on Zoom. Photographs audio described and with BSL interpretation.

Do you need to have sight to take photographs? This event will explore this question, bringing together blind and visually impaired international photographers: Bruce Hall, Karren Visser, Mickel Smithen, Pete Eckert and Sonia Soberats to present their work and be in conversation with curator Douglas McCulloh of exhibition ‘Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists’.

Register on Eventbrite or email [email protected] with your name, number of tickets required and postcode. A Zoom link will be sent after registration.

Find out more about Seeing in Isolation and watch the digital exhibition.

Northern Ballet: Expressions. Audio-described dance films and Q&A session. Thursday 8th July, 7pm. Tickets from £8.

Expressions is an annual festival of inclusive dance, showcasing the exciting work of community and professional disabled dance groups. This year watch online audio-described digital work Unspoken Spoken from CanKoCo Dance Company and Virtual Dancing, an animated dance film by Jem Clancy. There’s also a Q&A session with Dan Daw, Candoco’s Associate Artistic Director and performer in Unspoken Spoken

Currently only accepting online bookings. If you have any problems with your booking, please call 0113 220 8008.

OT on Screen: Last Easter – livestream. Audio described from Orange Tree theatre. Friday 23rd July, 7:30pm. Tickets from £25.

A funny, moving and provocative play about the true nature of friendship.

To book, call 020 8940 3633 or email [email protected]


Find more online events on VocalEyes website.


AD on TV

Here’s our selection of AD TV programmes this week. Please note programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.

Thursday 24th June

Discovering Film: George C Scott, Sky Arts, 6pm

Secrets of your Supermarket Food, Channel 4, 7pm

Too Young to Die, Sky Arts, 8pm

Martin Clunes: My Travels and other Animals, ITV, 8.30pm

Diana, ITV, 9pm

Escape to the Chateau: Make do and Mend, Channel 4, 9pm

Friday 25th June

Discovering Film: Julie Christie, Sky Arts, 6pm

Film, Antman, BBC1, 8.20pm

Endeavour, ITV, 8.30pm

Saturday 26th June

Film, Casa Blanca, BBC2, 4.50pm

Great Continental Railway Journeys, BBC2, 6.30pm

Film, Coyote Ugly, ITV2, 7pm

Michael Palins New Europe, BBC4, 8pm

Eric and Ernie: Behind the Scenes, BBC2, 8pm

Film, Bridget Jones’ Baby, ITVBe, 9pm

Sunday 27th June

Film, Goosebumps, ITV, 2pm

Our Wild Adventures, BBC2, 4.30pm

Africa with Ade Adepitan, BBC2, 6.30pm

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

Film, Ghostbusters, ITV4, 8pm

Film, Die Hard with a Vengeance, ITV4, 10.10pm

Monday 28th June

National Trust: National Treasures, Sky Arts, 11.45am

Art of Persia, BBC4, 8pm

Victoria Woods Secret List, BBC2, 9.30pm

Motherland, BBC4, 11.45pm

Tuesday 29th June

Dante and the Invention of Hell, Sky Arts, 7pm

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Passions, Sky Arts, 9pm

Victoria Woods Secret List, BBC2, 9.30pm

Art of America, BBC4, 11.35pm

Charles Hazlewood: Beethoven and Me, Sky Arts, 11.40pm

Wednesday 30th June

Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed, BBC2, 9pm

Death in Paradise, BBC1, 9pm

Extra Ordinary Twins, ITV, 9pm

The Joy of Al, BBC4, 9pm

Urban Myths, Sky Arts, 11pm

John McEnroe: Still Rockin at 60, BBC2, 11.15pm


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