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.

What’s On & Online – 27th May

Welcome to What’s On & Online 27th May, VocalEyes weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.

What’s On

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.

 

What’s Online

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?

BBC Radio 3, Music Planet: Road Trip

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.