What’s On & Online 5th August 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 5th August, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.

What’s On

National Gallery: Jan van Huysum Visits…Perth

Follow the tour of Jan van Huysum’s ‘Flowers in a Terracotta Vase’ to a series of unusual and unexpected locations throughout the UK. The painting is now on display in The Walled Garden, beside the Murray Royal Hospital in Perth until Sunday 8th August. The theme for this stop is ‘Care’. If you can’t visit the venue in person, listen to the VocalEyes audio description of the painting.

Edinburgh Art Festival: visual description event, join in person or on Zoom. Sunday 8th August, 2-5pm.

Visit two exhibition venues from Edinburgh Art Festival’s programme, at the Burns monument on Regent Road and the Collective Gallery on Calton Hill. There will be descriptive BSL interpreted tours of the art exhibitions at both venues and an opportunity to join a leisurely descriptive walk up Calton Hill between the two venues. Refreshments available at the Collective Gallery.

Book by emailing Holly Yeoman, Edinburgh Art Festival Community Engagement Manager:  [email protected]

The Two Character Play at Hampstead Theatre, audio described. Saturday 28th August, 2:30pm. Tickets: £16.

Tennessee Williams’ innovative psychological thriller. Faced with an empty stage and an expectant audience, two actors have to adapt and perform the only appropriate work in their repertoire.

Book by phone on 020 7722 9301

The Play that Goes Wrong at Duchess Theatre, London, audio described. Saturday 28th August, 2:30pm. Tickets: £22.00.

Everything that can go wrong… does with the accident-prone thespians at The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. Watch the actors and crew battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!

Book by phone on 0330 333 4810 or email [email protected]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe, audio described. Tuesday 31st August, 2pm. Tickets: £5.00 – £50.00.

Introductory notes available to download as audio or large print text version.

A joyful explosion of vivid chaos welcomes you back to Shakespeare’s Globe. A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns with piñatas, streamers, glitter, and a cacophony of brass.

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

Blood Brothers at New Theatre, Oxford, audio described. Wednesday 1st September, 7:30pm. Tickets from £13.00.

The captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Book by phone on 0800 912 6971 or email [email protected]

Just So at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, audio described. Saturday 4th August, 2pm. Touch tour, 12:30pm. Tickets: £25.00.

A concert performance in The Watermill Gardens. This wondrous family musical blends five of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories to tell a tale of courage, friendship, and the power of an individual to make a difference.

Book by phone on 01635 46044 or email [email protected]

What’s Online

Livestream: Bagdad Café from The Old Vic, audio described. Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th August, 7:30pm. Tickets £10 – £40.

Join a joyful celebration of togetherness, hope and friendship as individuals transform into an eclectic community bound by music, magic, and some very strong coffee at the Bagdad Café.

Livestream: Twelfth Night from Shakespeare’s Globe, audio described. Saturday 4th  September, 7pm. Tickets from £5.

A sea-drenched stranger arrives to Illyria, a society in limbo, and unexpectedly unleashes the chaotic and transformative power of love. A fiery new production of Shakespeare’s play infused with the mesmeric nostalgia and soulful music of the world of Americana.

Book on Shakespeare’s Globe website, by phone on 0207 401 9919 or email [email protected]

Podcast: Scottish Ballet’s Half Hour Call

Join staff and dancers from Scotland’s national dance company take on some big discussions facing society today, shining a light on what the ballet industry can do to become more transparent, diverse, inclusive and equitable. Special guests join a frank conversation about the world we live in, and where a ballet company fits into it.

Shark Week – Home, Manchester, Part of: Homemakers, audio described, available until Tuesday 31st August. 8 mins. Pay-what-you-can tickets, suggested at £5.

This short film doesn’t take itself too seriously, and follows Finn, who, trying to relax, takes a bath, unaware there is actually a shark under the water, about to bite at any moment.


Join Beth Watson and Pippa Sa talking about gender representation on stage with a different special guest on each episode. Latest episode – Salt, with Selina Thompson and Rochelle Rose.

The Hunterian, Glasgow – Audio Descriptions: Pilot

In a recent student work placement, a team of non-blind History of Art students created a set of audio descriptions of artworks and objects. There will be two recordings of each object, an audio description from the perspective of the student viewer and additional information, giving context around the object. Listen on YouTube to Neidpath Castle, Red and Black and Entombment amongst others.

BBC iPlayer: Les Miserables

Listen to this epic adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel in which an extraordinary cast of characters struggle to survive in war-torn France. A story of love, injustice, redemption and hope.

AD on TV

Our weekly selection of audio described TV programmes for the week ahead. We’re particularly excited about Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, Sunday 8th August on Sky Arts, 9pm.

Thursday 5th August

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

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

Yorkshire Firefighters, BBC2, 8pm

A Year in the Beacons, ITV, 8.30pm

I am Victoria, Channel 4, 9pm

The Go-Between, BBC4, 10pm

Friday 6th August

Animal Park, BBC2, 6.30pm

Epic Wales: Valleys, Mountains and Coasts, Channel 4, 8pm

Film, Why Him?  E4, 9pm

King Gary, BBC1, 9.30pm

Saturday 7th August

Matt Baker: Our Farm in the Dales, Channel 4, 7.25pm

Living Wild: How to Change Your Life, Channel 4, 8.30pm

Southern Journey, Sky Arts, 9pm

Film, Happy Gilmore, ITV4, 9pm

The Queen and her Prime Ministers, Channel 4, 9.30pm

Film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, ITV, 10.50pm

Film, Pacific Rim Uprising, Channel 4, 11.30pm

Sunday 8th August

Film, Teen Wolf, Channel 4, 2pm

Film, Muppets Most Wanted, BBC1, 3.30pm

Battle of the Brass Bands, Sky Arts, 4pm

Spy in the Wild, BBC1, 5.05pm

Tropic of Cancer with Simon Reeves, BBC2, 6pm

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

The Secret World of…. Channel 4, 8pm

Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, Sky Arts, 9pm

Baptiste, BBC1, 9pm

Film, Girl on a Train, Channel 4, 10pm

Monday 9th August

Great Australian Railway Journeys, BBC2, 7pm

Painting the Holy Land, BBC4, 8pm

James Martin’s Islands to Highlands, ITV, 8pm

Ghosts, BBC1, 8.30pm

Celebrity MasterChef, BBC1, 9pm

The Riots 2011, One Week in August, BBC2, 9pm

Guy Martin: The World’s Fastest Electric Car, ITV, 9pm

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories, BBC4, 9pm

Tuesday 10th August

Master of Photography, Sky Arts, 8pm

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

Celebrity MasterChef, BBC1, 9pm

Natural World, BBC2, 9.30pm

Jonnie’s Blade Camp, Channel 4, 10pm

Wednesday 11th August

Earth From Space, BBC4, 8pm

Lucan, ITV, 9pm

The Planets, BBC4, 9pm

Please note programmes subject to change, correct at time of publication.


Image: A close up of Jan van Huysum’s painting ‘Flowers in a Terracotta Vase’. Peonies, iris, bluebells and other flowers in a colourful arrangement.