Welcome to What’s On & Online 27th May, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.
Northern Ballet: Help Northern Ballet and VocalEyes improve and develop their digital and theatre audio description
VocalEyes and Northern Ballet have been working together on digital and live audio description. They are looking for blind and visually impaired people to give feedback on their online short films and the upcoming live performances.
Dangerous Liaisons. Saturday 5th June at 2:30pm, The Lowry, Manchester; and Thursday 10th June, 2:30pm at Sadler’s Wells London. A thrilling audio-described ballet bringing Northern Ballet’s bodice-ripping adaptation to the stage.
Swan Lake. Saturday 26th June at 2:30pm, Leeds Grand Theatre. An emotive re-telling of this well-loved ballet. Tchaikovsky’s electrifying score is played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
Queer House Party: In-person or online. Friday 28th May, 9pm.
Join the audio-described party at The Colour Factory, Hackney Wick or enjoy from home on Zoom. Expect 6 hours of queer chaos from the camp beats that you have come to know and love to the performers that have kept you going throughout lockdown. For tickets email [email protected]
Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield: Blindness, UK Tour continues in Huddersfield. Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th June, £12. 70mins with no interval
Visit the theatre website for performance times as they vary each day. Audio description is available at every installation. If you are unable to attend in person, you can purchase an at home audio-described digital version of the production.
Kiln Theatre in London: Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me. Audio described on Thursday 10th June at 7:30pm, touch tour at 6pm. £15 – £32.50
A hilarious and heart-warming play about how bad our wonderful lives can be, navigating the world with spina bifida.
Hull Truck Theatre: The Greatest Play in the History of the World. Audio described on Saturday 12th June at 2pm. Tickets £11.25 – £22.50. 70mins with no interval.
A universal love story that celebrates the human race in all its glorious messiness, confusion, and joy.
Plays at the Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton, London:
The Librarian, by Tom Allsopp. Audio-described, on-demand from now until Sunday 6th June.
A play about loss and redemption; of finding hope in a world of pain
Wanted. Audio-described and livestreamed. Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th June at 7:30pm. £10.
Gazebo Theatre’s powerful new play Wanted explores the stories of 5 extraordinary women who share a passion for standing up for what is right!
Book tickets online or call the Box Office on 01902 321321
Dulwich Picture Gallery: Picture Description Talk Journeys. Thursday 3rd June, 11am. Free but tickets required, on Zoom.
Join trained guides to introduce you to paintings in the Journeys display followed by group discussion.
Digital Exhibition: Seeing In Isolation. Videos, from 4 to 9mins.
This new exhibition from Multistory and photographer Karren Visser challenges people’s understanding of sight loss by sharing the stories made with, and told by, visually impaired Sandwell residents. The short digital films are made up of audio recordings, photographs from family albums, music, and animation. An introduction by the photographer, Karren Visser and six stories from Craig, Helen, Jean, Michal, Perm and Rickie. Each story is 4 to 9 mins with embedded audio-description narrated by the person telling their story.
National Theatre of Scotland: Scenes for Survival, Dreaming of Edinburgh. Audio described YouTube video, 8 mins.
A playful musing of lockdown lust, what lies beneath the straight-laced people in genteel Victorian Edinburgh?
Join local experts for a journey around the globe to discover the world with music. In the latest episode, visit Valledupar in Colombia and learn about the folk style of Vallenato.
AD on TV
Our selection of TV programmes with AD for the week ahead. Programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.
Thursday 27th May
Discovering Film: Ernest Borgnine, Sky Arts, 6pm
Yorkshire Wolds Way, BBC4, 7.10pm
Australia with Julia Bradbury, ITV, 8.30pm
What are we Feeding our Kids?, BBC1, 9pm
The Road Partition, BBC2, 9pm
Film, Jaws 2, ITV4, 9pm
Friday 28th May
Discovering Film: Albert Finney, Sky Arts, 6pm
Unreported World, Channel 4, 7.30pm
Van Der Valk, ITV, 8.30pm
King Rocker, Sky Arts, 9pm
Film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, BBC1, 10.45pm
Saturday 29th May
Mountain Gorilla, BBC2, 10am
The Masked Singer, ITV, 7pm
The Diana Interview: The Truth Behind the Scandal, Channel 4, 8.30pm
Film, Airplane, ITV4, 9pm
Deep Purple, Sky Arts, 10pm
Sunday 30th May
Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets, BBC2, 12.30pm
Film, Coco, BBC1, 3pm
Cornwall with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 6pm
The Masked Singer, ITV, 7.30pm
Timeshift, BBC4, 8pm
Brian Cox Adventures in Space and Time, BBC2, 9pm
Arctic with Bruce Parry, BBC2, 10pm
Monday 31st May
Film, Turbo, ITV2, 4.45pm
Discovering Film: Gene Hackman, Sky Arts, 6pm
Film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, ITV2, 6.35pm
The Pact, BBC! 9pm
The Truth about Police Stop and Search, Channel 4, 10pm
Tuesday 1st June
Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm
The Pact BBC1, 9pm
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer, BBC4, 10pm
Wednesday 2nd June
Repair Shop, BBC1, 8pm
The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC1, 9pm
Building Britain’s Biggest Nuclear Power Station, BBC2, 9pm
How to Build, BBC4, 10pm
Image description: Amy Trigg in a black sporty wheelchair wearing a sparkly silver dress, black tights, a multi-coloured sparkly pom-pom stranded scarf and a large red bow in her hair – eyes closed, mouth wide open, head and arms raised jubilantly and exuberantly to the skies. Multi-coloured balloons float from tapes attached to the chair and lay on the floor around the it. Glitter confetti (potentially thrown moments earlier by Amy) rains around her. Text: The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, Paines Plough, 45North and Kiln Theatre Present: REASONS YOU SHOULD (N’T) LOVE ME, Written and Performed by Amy Trigg, Directed by Charlotte Bennett.