From the Austerity Museum, a picture of a very thin, older man wrapped in a duvet on a judge's table in a courtroom. His bare feet poke out from his meager cover as he sleeps in front of three empty leather-bound chairs. 

What’s On & Online 7th October 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 7th October. Find out the accessible arts and culture events to enjoy at venues or at home in our weekly listings.

What’s On

Featured museum event: Nero: The Man Behind the Myth, The British Museum, audio described tour. Monday 11th October, 11am. Tickets: £7.50

Book online, by phone on 020 7323 8971 or email [email protected]

VocalEyes’ first live tour is back on site! Join describer Lonny Evans and exhibition curator Francesca Bologna for a detailed look at this fascinating exhibition. You’ll explore key objects that illustrate the reign of Nero – long-considered one of Rome’s most egotistical, extravagant and evil emperors.

Museum of Austerity, audio described, immersive experience, 26 Leak Street, London SE1 7NN. Until Sunday 17th October. Free, booking required

A mixed reality exhibition that preserves memories of public and private events from the austerity era. Listen now to an audio introduction.

The experience includes the use of HoloLens 2 Mixed Reality headsets and on-ear headphones.

Book your tickets on the BFI website, by phone on 0207 928 3232 or email [email protected]

Harnessing Steam: Walk and Talk access tour, Black Country Living Museum. Saturday 9th October, 10:30am. Tickets from £16.95

Enjoy the untold stories of our rich industrial past, where communities travel far and wide to provide the manpower that fuelled the industrial revolution in Black Country factories and foundries. Join Simon Briercliffe author of Forging Ahead: Austerity to Prosperity in the Black Country 1945-1968 on this walk and talk tour.

Places are limited. Book online, by phone on 0121 557 9643 or email [email protected]

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, New Wolsey Theatre, audio described. Saturday 16th October, 2:30pm. Tickets: £12

Book by phone on 01473 295900 or email [email protected]

Mayflower Studios Theatre (MAST), Southampton, audio described. Wednesday 27th October, 2:30pm

A bold new revival of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece. A blazing portrayal of what it takes to survive in a society where we’re all desperate to feel free.

Book by phone on 02380 711813 or email [email protected]

Extant: States of Mind at Bloomsbury Festival, The Studio Theatre, RADA. Saturday 16th October, 8:30pm. Tickets: £12 or £10 for concessions

Shakespeare’s extraordinary poem Venus and Adonis provides the inspiration for a compelling exploration of erotic power in States of Mind – a contemporary reimagining of the poem by Christopher Hunter. Integrated audio description during the performance.

Book now via Eventbrite.

If you are unable to attend the performance in person you can also book a ticket for a livestream of the event. Book livestream now on Eventbrite.

Camp Siegfried, Old Vic theatre, audio described. Monday 18th October, 7:30pm. Tickets: £20

Inspired by the real Camp Siegfried, which operated on New York’s Long Island in the 1930s.

Book by phone on 0344 871 7635 or email [email protected]

Exposure, Littlewood theatre, audio described introduction. Thursday 21st October, 7:45pm with a touch tour at 7pm. Free

Join an evening of film, storytelling and music to remember the details of a truly extraordinary time, population and place.

Book tickets online, by phone on 020 3475 4280 or email [email protected]

What If If Only, Royal Court Theatre, audio described. Saturday 23rd October, 6pm. Tickets: £5

A new short play by Caryl Churchill. Running time: 14mins.

Is God Is, Royal Court Theatre, audio described. Saturday 23rd October, 7:30pm. Tickets: £15

Aleshea Harris’ award-winning play collides the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the Spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk.

Book for one or both shows by phone on 0207 565 5000 or email [email protected]

Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon, Whitechapel Gallery, audio described exhibition tour. Saturday 30th October, 3pm. Free, booking required.

This exhibition surveys works by Gates across two decades from his early hand-thrown pots to his large-scale Afro-Mingei sculptures.

Book by emailing [email protected] or calling the information desk on 0207 522 7888.

IDEA Project – events at Donmar Warehouse

An exciting opportunity to get involved with the IDEA project. Here’s a message from Dr Rachel Hutchinson:

Royal Holloway University and the Donmar Warehouse theatre are exploring new ways of creating audio description for the play Love and other acts of violence. This forms part of a project called Inclusive Description for Equality and Access.

On October 19th (afternoon), we are running a two hour workshop where we will bring together the audio describers, AD users, the cast and creatives to discuss the AD and to develop the Audio Introduction together. We are particularly interested to discuss how to make the AD inclusive, so that it serves the needs of the blind audience and also pays attention to the complexities of describing the diversity of actors on stage.

We would like to invite blind AD users to join us for this workshop. We can offer a £20 cash payment as a thank you for your time. Our project will also pay for tickets for you and a companion to come to the audio described performance for Love and other acts of violence on Saturday November 6th (start time 2.30pm).

After the performance on Saturday 6th November, we will run a post-show discussion with the audio describers which will last up to an hour. This will be a further chance for Q&A and discussion about the AD for this play.

Spaces are limited, so please contact [email protected] if you would like to attend.

What’s Online

Coming soon: Constellations online

If you missed the audio described critically acclaimed Constellations at Vaudeville Theatre earlier this year, there will soon be an opportunity to watch all four casts online.

The four casts are: Sheila Atim & Ivanno JeremiahPeter Capaldi & Zoë WanamakerOmari Douglas & Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin & Chris O’Dowd.

Each production is £15 to rent, and you will be able to watch the show for 24 hours after purchase. There will also be a multi buy option of all 4 for £40. Captioned and audio described versions of each film will be available.

Livestream: OT on screen – Rice, audio described from Orange Tree Theatre. Friday 5th November, 7:30pm. Tickets from £15

The UK premiere of a powerful new play from Asian-Australian writer Michele Leenot.

Book tickets on Orange Tree Theatre’s website.

Podcast: BBC World Service – Witness Black History

Listen to interviews with people who were there at key moments in black and civil rights history.

Lifelines by Rosalyn Burgin, audio described sculpture.

The exhibition at Trinity Buoy Wharf has now finished but you can still listen to the audio description of Lifelines. Its a large scale sculpture exploring issues of marine pollution and climate change.

AD on TV

Our selection of TV programmes with AD for the week ahead.

Thursday 7th October

Celebrity Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

An Island Parish, BBC2, 3.15pm

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC4, 7pm

Saville: Portrait of a Predator, ITV, 9pm

Friday 8th October

Celebrity Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

An Island Parish, BBC2, 3.15pm

Dolly Parton: Song by Song, Sky Arts, 7pm

Unreported World, Channel 4, 7.30pm

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Channel 4, 8pm

California Dreamin’: The Songs of the Mama’s and Papa’s, Sky Arts, 9pm

North Water, BBC2, 9pm

Saturday 9th October

James Martin’s American Adventure, ITV, 12.45pm

Film: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Channel 4, 9pm

Sunday 10th October

Film: Zootropolis, BBC1, 3.05pm

The Larkins, ITV, 8pm

Film: Casino Royale, ITV4, 8pm

Film: Oceans 8, ITV2, 8pm

Angela Black, ITV, 9pm

Monday 11th October

Celebrity Painting Challenge, BBC2, 2.15pm

An Island Parish, BBC2, 3.45pm

Beyond the Line: North Wales Traffic Cops, ITV, 8pm

Code of a Killer, ITV, 9pm

Tuesday 12th October

The Great British Bake Off, Channel 4, 8pm

Dementia and Us, BBC2, 9pm

Wednesday 6th October

Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road, Sky Arts, 9pm

Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers, BBC2, 9pm

Hollington Drive, ITV, 9pm

The Seventies, Sky Arts, 10pm.

Image description: From the Austerity Museum, a picture of a very thin, older man wrapped in a duvet on a judge’s table in a courtroom. His bare feet poke out from his meager cover as he sleeps in front of three empty leather-bound chairs.