For National Tree Week, a photograph from ground level looking up at two tall trees. Almost bare branches make a pattern on the light blue sky above. 

What’s On & Online 25th November 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 25th November. Christmas is fast approaching and there’s lots of audio described shows to enjoy. Find out what’s on in your region in our guide to What’s On at Christmas.

VocalEyes News

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. Read more about the course, and Alison and Elizabeth, on our website

Zoom, Friday 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2021 and 7th, 14th and 21st January 2022. All sessions 10am – 1pm.

The cost for the full course of 6 sessions is £72+VAT (£86.40), payable in advance. Maximum 12 participants.

Register today to secure your place on this exciting course (via TicketTailor). Please contact Jess Beal if you have any questions about this course.

Opportunity: VocalEyes Programme Officer

VocalEyes is seeking a Programme Officer to support our service delivery with theatres, museums, heritage sites, artists and arts organisations. The post would suit someone passionate about access and inclusion in culture. Find out more and apply for this Fixed term appointment: to 31 March 2023. Deadline for application: Friday 10th December at 12noon.

Digital volunteers set to make big impact for VocalEyes thanks to National Lottery funding

We’re delighted to announce that VocalEyes has been awarded £99,814 of National Lottery funding to launch a digital volunteering initiative and break down barriers to heritage.

The funding is part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, which aims to raise digital skills and confidence across the whole UK heritage sector. Seventeen projects have been awarded funding to create digital volunteering opportunities, supporting volunteers to develop and contribute their digital skills. Our project, Heritage Access 2022, delivered in partnership with Autism in Museums, Centre for Accessible Environments and Stagetext, will:

  1. Build a team of digital volunteer researchers recruited primarily from the deaf, disabled and neurodivergent community;
  2. Grow their digital skills and confidence, through expert training, collaborative networking and peer-mentoring;
  3. Create a framework of recruitment, training and collaboration to support this and future digital volunteering projects.
  4. Demonstrate, identify and champion best practice in heritage access and inclusion across the UK.

In spring and early summer 2022, the volunteers will visit the websites of over 3,000 heritage venues across the UK and assess the access information provided that supports visitors to that venue. This data will be used as the basis for a report – the latest in our annual series of sector access reports and audience surveys –  including benchmarking and guidelines for best practice, followed by a series of dissemination workshops run by the project team, expert advisors and volunteer researchers. Full press release for Heritage Access 2022.


What’s On

The Bolds at Unicorn Theatre, audio described. Saturday 11th December, 1pm. Tickets £12 – £20

A family Christmas show, the Bolds – they’re just like us – only hyenas. How long can they keep this as a surprise? This new show revels in the joy of being anything but ordinary

Booking contact number 020 7645 0560
Booking contact email [email protected]

School of Rock at New Theatre Oxford, audio described. Thursday 16th December, 2pm. Tickets from £13

Musical based on iconic film starring Jack Black. With many songs and a band of insanely talented kids, School of Rock will warm your heart and your family’s and blow you away in equal measure.

Booking contact number 0800 912 6971
Typetalk Number: 18001 0800 912 6971 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Best of Enemies at Young Vic Theatre, audio described. Friday 17th December, 7:30pm. Tickets from £10

“A man should never turn down two things. Sex and appearing on television.” 1968 – a year of protest that divided America. A bold new play by James Graham, Inspired by the documentary by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon.

Booking contact number 020 7922 2922 
Booking contact email [email protected]

The Railway Children at Hull Truck Theatre, audio described. Saturday 18th December, 2pm. Touch tour 12:30pm. Tickets £23 – £29.50

All aboard as E Nesbit’s classic story steams into Hull this Christmas! A treat for all the family this Christmas.

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

Measure for Measure at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, audio described. Saturday 18th December, 2pm. Tickets £5 – £59

Shakespeare’s powerful and darkly comic Measure for Measure comes to thrilling life. In a hypersexualised, politically polarised society, morality is messy and principles are compromised. What would you be willing to lose in the fight for justice?

Booking contact number 0207 4019919 
Booking contact email [email protected]

The Rhythmics at Southwark Playhouse, audio described. Tuesday 21st December, 3pm and Wednesday 22nd December, 7:30pm. Tickets £16 – 27.50

A joyous new British musical. Trying to revive his rock star dreams, Hapless single-dad Grey actually signs up for an All-male Rhythmic Gymnastics troupe.

Booking contact number 020 7407 0234
Booking contact email [email protected]

A Chorus Line at Curve Theatre, Leicester, audio described. Wednesday 29th December, 7:30pm. Touch tour 6pm. Tickets £10 – £45

Audio described by Nadine Beasley and Kate Taylor-Davies for Talking Sense Audio Description Services.

A brand-new production of the legendary Broadway musical. This inspiring musical masterpiece revolutionised the Broadway stage, with creator Michael Bennett using real-life testimonies from late-night recording sessions with chorus dancers, to amplify and celebrate the lives of theatre’s unsung heroes.

Booking contact number 0116 242 3595
Booking contact email [email protected]


What’s Online

Wellcome Collection: Bringing Braille back to the modern world

Part 3 in this interesting series. Read Alex Lee’s story with photographs by Ian Treherne as they explore Braille’s faltering history and its modern resurgence.

Artes Mundi and Taking Flight Theatre: Not Sorry

New online performance film featuring artist Stephanie Back. ‘Rebirth’ after discovering BSL with the resulting realisation of a new identity and culture. A live Q&A with Stephanie Back and Elise Davison (artistic director and CEO of Taking Flight Theatre) followed the performance. Audio described version and the Q&A will be available until Sunday 12th December.

TNF Soundings: National Tree Week, audio 3mins

Marking the start of the annual tree planting season. Find out how you can get involved with National Tree Week (27th November – 5 December 2021)

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

Available online until 30th June 2022.

The Snail and the Whale from Tall Stories

Based on the book, a musician storyteller shares a tiny snail’s big adventure. For ages 4-7. 60mins. Rent for $25

Earth’s Prehistoric World from Earth Visual & Physical Inc from Sydney, Australia

Get an up-close look at Earth’s earliest creatures through wild, life-like puppetry! For ages 5+. 50mins. Rent for $25

AD on TV

Here’s our selection of audio described TV programmes for the week ahead. This week’s highlight: Skeletons of the Mary Rose: The New Evidence, Saturday 27th November, Channel 4, 7pm. The Mary Rose is an English archaeological icon. A cutting-edge scientific investigation reveals surprising facts about the crew of Henry VIII’s favourite warship, redefining what we thought we knew about Tudor England.

Thursday 25th November

Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts, 7pm

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

Friday 26th November

Bidding Wars, Channel 4, 5.30pm

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

Saturday 27th November

Jamie: Keep Cooking for Christmas, Channel 4, 4.05pm

Skeletons of the Mary Rose: The New Evidence, Channel 4, 7pm

Britain by Beach, Channel 4, 8pm

Queen the Phenomenon, Sky Arts, 7.45pm

Empire State of Mind, Channel 4, 9pm

Sunday 28th November

Film Fame, ITV2, 2pm

Elvis: The Final Hours, Sky Arts, 4.50pm

Christmas at Highclere and Warwick Castle, Channel 4, 7pm

Film: The Holiday, ITV2, 8pm

Close to Me, Channel 4, 9pm

Film: xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, E4, 9pm

Monday 29th November

Guy’s Garage, Channel 4, 9pm

Along for the ride with David O’Doherty, Channel 4, 10pm

Tuesday 30th November

Sarah Beeny’s New life in the Country, Channel 4, 8pm

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

Wednesday 1st December

George Clarke’s Old House, New Home, Channel 4, 8pm

Grand Designs: House of the Year, Channel 4, 9pm


Image description: For National Tree Week, a photograph from ground level looking up at two tall trees. Almost bare branches make a pattern on the light blue sky above.