From the audio described film, Knowing Togetherness. Before a thick tapestry of green, a man is dancing, his arms outstretched. He smiles joyfully as an animated blue line circles around his body.

What’s On & Online 2nd September 2021

Welcome to VocalEyes What’s On & Online for Thursday 2nd September, our weekly listings of accessible arts and culture. It may be gloomy outside but there’s plenty here to brighten your day throughout September and beyond!

Inclusive courses

Creating Audio Description: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

There’s still time to enroll on the VocalEyes and Royal Holloway University of London free online course in Creating Audio Description: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion starting on 27th September for four weeks. You’ll do about 3 hours work a week online – this includes reading articles, watching videos, taking part in discussions, completing polls and quizzes and creating audio descriptions.

Find out more about the course and sign up on the Futurelearn website here.

Centre for Accessible Environments: Pathways Academy Inclusive Design Course

If you’re an 18–30-year-old disabled Londoner, the Centre of Accessible Environments (CAE) Pathways Academy will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence, for a career in inclusive design, diversity and inclusion or access. You’ll receive 22 days of training – delivered over 9 months between October 2021 to June ’22– on topics like the principles of inclusive design, access auditing, website accessibility, designing for neurodiversity and more. You’ll also get hands-on experience from shadowing an access professional.  You can find out more about last year’s trainees and book your place by visiting

What’s On

Amélie The Musical at Criterion Theatre, London, audio described. Saturday 11th September, 2:30pm. Tickets £20

Experience this beautiful story and be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who discovers her voice, uncovers the power of human connection and sees possibility around every corner.

Book by phone on 0207 839 8811 or email [email protected]

A Day in the Life of Danny the Horse at Black Country Living Museum, audio described tour. Saturday 11th September 10:30am – 12:30pm. Tickets £19.95 adults, £9.95 young person (3-15years) Essential carer goes free

Explore the life and work of horses in the Black Country’s past. Come and meet Danny, our resident hard-working horse, and learn about his role at the Museum.

Book online or phone 0121 520 8054 (lines open 10am – 4pm, Mon-Fri). Email [email protected]

Pink Lemonade at Bush Theatre, audio described. Thursday 16th September at 8pm, touch tour 7pm and Saturday 18th September at 3pm, touch tour 2pm. Tickets from £10

Poetry and movement in this explosive autobiographical piece of storytelling.

Book by phone on 020 8743 5050 or email [email protected]

Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe audio described. Saturday 18th September and Sunday 3rd October, 2pm. Touch tour 12noon. Tickets £5 – £59

From historic feud to ill-fated union, Shakespeare’s classic returns to the stage.

Book by phone on 0207 401 9919 or email [email protected]

The Lion King at Lyceum Theatre, audio described. Sunday 19th September, 2:30pm, touch tour 12:30pm. Tickets £45

Disney’s award-winning musical explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. Follow the powerful story of Simba as he journeys from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

Book by phone on 0800 912 6972 or email [email protected]

Search Party at Donmar Warehouse, audio described introduction. Tuesday 21st– Saturday 25th September, 7:30pm. Tickets £10

Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams in his audience-led poetry event. Pick a word, any word. Prompted by audience suggestions, Inua Ellams will perform a reactive and spontaneous selection of his work. Each show is unique and special.

Book by phone on 0203 282 8585 or email [email protected]

The Prince of Egypt at Dominion theatre, London, audio described. Wednesday 22nd September, 7:30pm. Tickets from £19.50

An epic hit musical based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film. Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past.

Book by phone on 0345 200 7982 or email [email protected]

Six the Musical at Curve Theatre, Leicester, audio described. Wednesday 29th September, 8pm. Tickets £10 – £40

The multi–Olivier Award nominated, international smash hit everyone is losing their head over! From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII finally take to the mic to tell their tales.

Book by phone on 0116 242 3595 or email [email protected]

Leopoldstadt at Wyndhams theatre, London, audio described. Saturday 2nd October, 2:30pm. Tickets from £24

A story of a family re-learning what it means to be Jewish in twentieth century Vienna in Tom Stoppard’s epic yet intimate drama.

Book by phone on 0344 482 5137 or email [email protected]

Northern Ballet’s Merlin at Theatre Royal Nottingham, audio described. Saturday 2nd October, 2:30pm. £49.50

Discover how the world’s most famous sorcerer mastered his magic to unite a warring kingdom. Northern Ballet takes you on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic.

Book by phone on 0115 989 5555 and select option 5

Find more events on Vocaleyes website.

Outdoor events

Museums, galleries and heritage venues events

Audio-described performance events


What’s Online

Livestream: A Midsummer Nights Dream from Shakespeare’s Globe, audio described. Saturday 25th September, 7pm. Tickets £10 – £60 per household

Shakespeare’s play returns with piñatas, streamers, glitter and a cacophony of brass.

Book by phone on 0207 401 9919 or email [email protected]

Maryam Tafakory, ‘Nazarbazi’, (2021), audio described on Vimeo

From hundreds of hours of footage across a gamut of post-revolution Iranian cinema, Maryam Tafakory distills a haunting twenty-minute collage which highlights how subtle and resourceful Iranian film-makers have been in suggesting powerful moments of intimacy without recourse to the act of touch.

Audio described by VocalEyes and part-funded by an Arts Council National Lottery project grant (100 Videos Described).

Knowing Togetherness, audio described on Vimeo

Whilst facing the reality of lockdown and a suspension of our rehearsals and performances, the SLiDE Collective took to their local green spaces. They filmed themselves improvising in response to the feelings brought on by separation and covid crisis. An additional element in the film, animation, helps to connect all the performers and overcome this separation.

The audio description for this film was created by VocalEyes, and part-funded by an Arts Council National Lottery project grant (100 Videos Described)

Veronica Ryan: ‘Along A Spectrum’ exhibition interview, audio described on Vimeo.

An interview with artist Veronica Ryan, filmed in her Spike Island exhibition ‘Along a Spectrum’. Audio description by Louise Fryer for VocalEyes.

Mindful Courses for blind and visually impaired people with DR Beverley Duguid

  • mindfulness sessions
  • mindful poetry
  • poetry surgeries

These courses designed for blind and visually impaired adults, will help you learn mindfulness, write poetry and gain more confidence in your writing skills. Beverley works in an inclusive and supportive manner.

Download your free mindful poetry booklet

For further information email [email protected] or see the website.

Knife River Indian Villages NHS: Maxidiwiac, audio described, YouTube 14mins

The film shown in the Visitor Centre Theater at Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. This moving account describes the life of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes, as told by Buffalo-Bird Woman, one of the last Hidatsas born in the Knife River villages.

Northumberland Archives: Hannah Glass Saves the Nation, audio described, YouTube 15mins

THE UGLY ART SERIES – The Associate by Nirak Films, audio described, YouTube 16mins

Have you ever wondered how is it possible that people can live in a perfect marriage? Listen to the introductory notes before watching the film and the story unfold.

TNF Soundings: Great Fire of London, audio recording 2mins

This article marks the 355th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in September 1666.

AD on TV

Our selection of audio described TV programmes for the week ahead. Please note programmes are subject to change, correct at time of publication. This week’s highlight is Vigil – catch up with the first two episodes on iPlayer, then watch on Sunday 5th September, BBC1 9pm.

Thursday 2nd September

Cold War and Cinema, Sky Arts, 7pm

A Wild Year, BBC2, 8pm

Coast, BBC4, 8.40pm

Sixteen: Class of 2021, Channel 4, 12.10am

Friday 3rd September

Johnny Cash: Song by Song, Sky Arts, 7.20pm

Simply Raymond Blanc, ITV, 8pm

Grantchester, ITV, 9pm

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, BBC2, 10pm

Saturday 4th September

Film, Transformers: The Last Knight, E4, 6pm

Film, Snow White and the Huntsman, ITV2, 6.30pm

Treasures with Bethany Hughes, Channel 4, 8pm

Sunday 5th September

Film, In Which We Serve, BBC2, 1.30pm

Film, BFG, BBC1, 3.45pm

Serengeti, BBC1, 5.35pm

Film, Flash Gordon, ITV4, 5.45pm

Incredible Journeys with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 6pm

Film, Logan, E4, 9pm

Vigil, BBC1, 9pm.

Pompeii: The Mystery of the People Frozen in Time, BBC4, 10pm

Monday 6th September

Secrets of the Museum, BBC4, 8pm

Maggi Hambling: Making Love with Paint, BBC4, 9pm

Silent Witness, BBC1, 9pm

Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League, BBC2, 9pm

The Art of Japanese Life, BBC4, 10pm

Tuesday 7th September

Wonders of Scotland with David Hayman, ITV, 7.30pm

Secret Life of the Zoo, Channel 4, 8pm

Silent Witness, BBC1, 9pm

A House Through Time, BBC2, 9pm

9/11 Life Under Attack, ITV, 9pm

Wednesday 8th September

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC4, 7pm

Animals with Cameras, BBC2, 8pm

Earths Greatest Rivers, BBC4, 8pm

The Festival that Rocked the World, Sky Arts, 9pm


Image description: From the audio described film, Knowing Togetherness. Before a thick tapestry of green, a man is dancing, his arms outstretched. He smiles joyfully as an animated blue line circles around his body.