A giant iridescent dragon puppet spreads its wings against a night sky

What’s On & Online 29th July 2021

Welcome to our What’s On & Online for Thursday 29th July – the year is flying by! Here’s our weekly listings of accessible arts and culture covering events up to the end of August. Visit our What’s On page for full details of all events.

Kids in Museums – Judging for Family Friendly Museum Award

Does your family have lived experience of what makes an excellent museum for families with additional needs? Join the family judging panel for Kids in Museums new award category, Best Accessible Museum. The three shortlisted museums are:

 The Postal Museum in London

The Egypt Centre, Swansea

The Fitzwilliam Museum , Cambridge

You could become one of four families per museum to become ‘Undercover Family Judges’. Visit the museums, give your honest feedback, and help decide the winner. All shortlisted museums will be given feedback on how they could improve their offer.

Kids in Museums will provide judging prompts to help families and will cover family ticket costs and travel expenses of up to £25. All judges need to visit by 6 September 2021 and give their feedback by phone or online by 10 September 2021.

Visit Kids in Museums website for more details and to sign up.

What’s On

Heathers: The Musical at Theatre Royal Haymarket, audio described Tuesday 3rd August, 7:45pm. Tickets £35 each for the person with visual impairment, and up to 3 friends at the same price.

Based on the 1988 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, this wickedly funny musical shows teen Veronica Sawyer that it might kill to be a nobody, but it is murder being a somebody. Book by phone on 020 7930 8800 or email [email protected]

The Hatchling outdoors in Plymouth City Centre, audio described Sunday 15th August. Free.

Our beautiful Dragon will hatch in the city, build herself a nest and then attempt to take to the skies in a bid for her freedom.

One of the highlight events of Mayflower 400, The Hatchling has been conceived by Angie Bual, Artistic Director of Trigger, the Bristol-based producers of extraordinary theatrical projects. It will be brought to life in collaboration with a team of leading creatives including Mervyn Millar, part of the original creative team of the acclaimed stage production War Horse, and Carl Robertshaw, a designer who has created sets for the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. For exact time and location please email [email protected]

Bagdad Café at The Old Vic, audio described Monday 16th August, 7:30pm. Tickets £20.

Ordinarily, no one would choose to stay at the Bagdad Café but in the dust and isolation, unexpected and extraordinary friendships begin to blossom. join a joyful celebration of togetherness, hope and friendship. Book by phone on 0344 871 7635 or email [email protected]. If you are unable to make the live performance, watch the livestream of Bagdad Café from Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th August at 7:30pm.

Mamma Mia at Harewood House, Leeds, Audio described Thursday 26th August, 8pm. Tickets from £39.50.

Enjoy the sunniest of musicals in the open air in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House. The smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba tells the story of a mother, daughter and three possible dads set on an idyllic Greek island. Book by phone on 0800 640 5001.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks at Marlowe Theatre, Audio described Sunday 29th August, 1pm, touch tour at 11:30am. Tickets £55

Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new musical. Book by phone on 01227 787787 or email [email protected]

Constellations at Vaudeville Theatre, Audio described Sunday 29th August, 2pm. Tickets: £20 – £69.50

Another chance to watch Nick Payne’s beautiful and heart-breaking romance. This time with cast members Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd. Introductory notes available to listen to now. Book by phone on 0330 333 4815 or email [email protected]

What’s Online

British Museum: Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a Saint, audio described talk (online), Saturday 14th August, 11am. Zoom. Free, booking required

Join VocalEyes describer Lonny Evans for the next online audio described talk of the Thomas Becket exhibition at The British Museum. explore key objects which illustrate the life, death, and legacy of Thomas Becket. Lonny’s descriptions will be accompanied by expert insight from one of the exhibition curators.

Royal Opera House: Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance – online stream, audio described, available to watch until Sunday 22nd August. Tickets: £10.

Celebrate young artists in their annual summer performance. Spot stars of the future and enjoy a showcase of musical and creative works from our singers, conductors, and stage directors. Book tickets on the Royal Opera House stream website, phone 020 7304 4000 or email [email protected]

A Little Space: The Film, by The Space. audio described, YouTube, 1 hour. Available to watch until Monday 16 August

What does it mean to you to have a little space?

SHAKE UP! SHAKESQUEER, audio described, YouTube 5mins

In this thoughtful, cheeky, and moving poem, Edalia explores the queerness of Shakespeare, the impact of Section 28, and the freedom of performance. Written and performed by Edalia Day. Audio description by Ben Spiller.

TNF Soundings: Book review – Rebecca, audio 17 mins

Rob Pearman hosts a discussion about an audio recording of Rebecca, the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Excerpts from the book are included courtesy of Calibre Audio.

BBC Sounds: 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter

Find out some amazing things humans have learnt from the animal kingdom. Latest episode on Wasps and Keyhole Surgery.

AD on TV

Check out our weekly selection of TV programmes with AD. Programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.

Thursday 29th July

Great Australian Railway Journeys, BBC2, 7pm

The Movies, Sky Arts, 7pm

Film, Brideshead Revisited, BBC4, 8pm

Yorkshire Firefighters, BBC2, 8pm

Film, Jaws: The Revenge, ITV4, 8.05pm

No Body Recovered, ITV, 9pm

Film, I Capture the Castle, BBC4, 10.35pm

Friday 30th July

The Gardens of Pompeii, Sky Arts, 12pm

Mystery of the Lost Paintings, Sky Arts, 3pm

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

A Very British Hotel, Channel 4, 8pm

King Gary, BBC1, 9.30pm

Saturday 31st July

Nature’s Miracle Orphans, BBC2, 1pm

Discovering Music, Sky Arts, 4.15pm

Japan with Sue Perkins, BBC2, 5.30pm

Film, Pride and Prejudice, BBC2, 6.30pm

Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales, Channel 4, 7pm

Coast: The Great Guide, BBC4, 8pm

Film, Bourne Legacy, ITV4, 9pm

Film, 2 Fast 2 Furious, ITV, 10.50pm

Sunday 1st August

Film, Death Becomes Her, ITV, 1.55pm

Devon and Cornwall, Channel 4, 3.55pm

Chris Packham: The Walk that made Me, BBC2, 5.30pm

Saving Lives at Sea, BBC2, 6.30pm

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 7pm

Inside Monaco: Playground of the Rich, BBC2, 8pm

A Very British Country House, Channel 4, 8pm

Baptiste, BBC1, 9pm

Film, Book Club, Channel, 10pm

Monday 2nd August

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

Great Australian Railway Journeys, BBC2, 7pm

The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearny, BBC4, 7.30pm

An Art Lover’s Guide, BBC4, 8pm

Tuesday 3rd August

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

Great Australian Railway Journeys, BBC2, 7pm

The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearny, BBC4, 7.30pm

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

Secrets of Museum, BBC2, 8pm

Write Around the World with Richard E Grant, BBC4, 9pm

Wednesday 4th August

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

The Wonder of Bees with Martha Kearny, BBC4, 7.30pm

Earth From Space, BBC4, 8pm

Lucan, ITV, 9pm

Fake or Fortune, BBC1, 9pm

The Planets, BBC4, 9pm

Image: A giant iridescent dragon puppet spreads its wings against a night sky. The Hatchling, Plymouth.