Welcome to What’s On & Online, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. Here’s an opportunity to get involved with The Critical Design Lab before starting our regular listings.
The Critical Design Lab is seeking submissions for the Remote Access Archive
The Critical Design Lab, directed by Dr. Aimi Hamraie at Vanderbilt University, is a group of disabled designers, artists and academics who want to gather and celebrate the knowledge disabled people have about remote participation.
The Remote Access Archive will gather stories, documents and other information about how disabled people have been using technology to connect since even before the pandemic, creating communities without having to be in the same space. With people losing access to work, studying and community because of the rushed return to in-person work, this archive will document these stories and ensure this particular moment of ableism is recorded.
Three new prize-winning audio plays begin a UK tour from now until February 2022. Find out about the plays and where you can listen.
The 2020 Papatango New Writing Prize winning play: Old Bridge at Bush Theatre, audio described. Saturday 6th November, 2:30pm with touch tour 1:30pm and Thursday 18th November, 7:30pm with touch tour 6:30pm. Tickets from £10
A bold, fresh love story with a contemporary take on real events. An epic story exploring the impact of a war that Europe forgot and the love and loss of those who lived through it.
Frans Hals: The Male Portrait at The Wallace Collection, audio described tour. Wednesday 17th November, 10am and 10:45am. Free
A relaxed opening to the Frans Hals exhibition. Tea and coffee available after the tour in the learning studio.
Opera North: Carmen at Theatre Royal Nottingham, audio described opera. Friday 19th November,7pm. Tickets £20 – £67.50
One of the most popular operas ever written will take you deep down into a world where desire and hot-blooded passion reign supreme. Bizet’s flamenco-infused music overflows with emotion and unforgettable melodies. Penned 150 years ago, the themes of femininity, desire, violence and toxic masculinity resonate now more than ever. Sung in French with English titles.
Six the musical at Vaudeville Theatre, audio described. Sunday 28th November, 4pm. Tickets from £29.50
This sell-out intoxicating Tudor take-off lets the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.
RSC The Magician’s Elephant at Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, audio described. Tuesday 30th November, 7:15pm. Touch tour at 5pm. Tickets from £16
A magician conjures an elephant from the sky and Peter discovers that happiness can come from the most unexpected places. Adapted from Kate DiCamillo’s prize-winning novel, this brand-new family musical reminds us all that even the impossible can be possible when we open our eyes and hearts to those around us.
Wellcome Collection: Can People Make Us Happy? Saturday 30th October, 11am – 1pm. Free online workshop for 14–19-year-olds
Young people are invited to join artists Jamie Hale and Jess Thom in a creative workshop exploring how we can use laughter and joy as a catalyst for change.
The workshop will start with a conversation focusing on the connections between community, creativity and protest. Jamie and Jess will draw on their own experiences as disability activists and artists to share powerful ideas and artworks that have inspired them. Participants can then take part in a creative activity inspired by the aesthetics of protest and disability history.
The event is online and will be relaxed and supported by speech to text reporters, audio description and BSL.
Land in the Bend of the River – live, online audio-described event with Egham Museum. Thursday 4th November, 4:30pm. Free. On zoom
The centrepieces of the exhibition are two life-size sculpture works, a horse and haystack, set to the backdrop of watercolour paintings by 19th Century draftsman, John Hassell.
The event features a conversation between Estella Castle, Artist in Residence, and Egham Museum Curator, Amy Stone, with audio-description of highlighted works by Lonny Evans from VocalEyes.
Picture Description Talk – Gallery 12 at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Thursday 11th November, 11am. Free. On zoom
This session will be looking at the two works currently on display in Gallery 12, Helen Frankenthaler’s Feather (1979) and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies and Agapanthus (1914-1917).
Slow Looking: Helen Levit at The Photographer’s Gallery, aoline audio description session and discussion. Thursday 11th November, 6:30pm. Free
Savour five photographs by Helen Levitt in this online session.
Learning Wallace Collection
The Rainbow Landscape by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, audio described YouTube video, 5mins
Listen to a detailed audio description of the painting.
Rob Pearman and guest discuss Hallowe’en Party, one of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novels. Review copy and excerpts provided courtesy of Calibre Audio.
AD on TV
Here’s our selection of TV programmes with AD for the week ahead. Our highlight this week is Joanna Lumley and The Human Swan, Monday 1st November, ITV, 9pm
Joanna Lumley follows para-motorist Sacha Dench aka The Human Swan as she flies around Britain inspiring us to tackle the climate crisis.
Thursday 28th October
Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts, 7pm
The Long Call, ITV, 9pm
Guilt, BBC2, 9pm
Friday 29th October
Blondie: Song by Song, Sky Arts, 7pm
The Great British Bake off: An Extra Slice, Channel 4, 8pm
Midsomer Murders, ITV, 8.30pm
Saturday 30th October
Film: Goosebumps, ITV2, 4pm
The Hollies: Look Through any Window, Sky Arts, 6pm
Film: IT, ITV2, 9pm
Spitting Image, ITV, 9pm
Sunday 31st October
Film: Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, ITV, 2.10pm
Film: Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, Channel 4, 2.55pm
Film: Tim Burton’s Corpse’s Bride, ITV2, 3.10pm
The Great British Dig: History in Your Back Garden, Channel 4, 7pm
The Larkins, ITV, 8pm
Angela Black, ITV, 9pm
Monday 1st November
Discovering Film: Frank Sinatra, Sky Arts, 6pm
Joanna Lumley and the Human Swan, ITV, 9pm
Tuesday 2nd November
The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8pm
Orkney: Britain’s Green Islands with Julia Bradbury, ITV, 8.30pm
It Takes a Flood…., ITV, 9pm
Wednesday 3rd November
Beverley and Jordan: Destination Wedding, ITV, 8pm
The World’s Fattest Man: 10 Years on, ITV, 9pm
The Seventies, Sky Arts, 10pm
Image description: From the exhibition ‘Land in the Bend of the River’, a photograph of a horse made from straw. The pale texture of the straw shows off its muscular frame. In the foreground, some messages have been written on luggage tags and decorated with dried wheat husks.