A photograph of the exterior of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

What’s On & Online 9th September 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for 9th September, VocalEyes’ weekly listings of accessible arts and culture.

What’s On

Featured Event: Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe  + post-show Q&A event, audio described. Saturday 11th September, 2pm. Touch tour at 11:30am. Tickets from £5

Illyria is a society in limbo, held captive by loss. Until a sea-drenched stranger arrives and unexpectedly unleashes the chaotic and transformative power of love.

Audio describers – Jane Bramley and S Grange.

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


Post-show Q&A event Exploring Audio Description – directly after Twelfth Night audio described performance at Shakespeare’s Globe

Royal Holloway University and VocalEyes are running an event directly after the audio-described performance. Ever wondered who writes the audio description, how describers decide what information to include or leave out and the challenges and opportunities of describing diversity?

Join the Q&A event with describers to explore audio description and to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes.

The event will last about an hour. Friends and family also welcome to attend with you. Spaces are limited so please email [email protected] to book a place.

On Edge

There are several opportunities to see this free, outdoor theatre piece with audio description. Inspired by joy. Informed by truth. Sustained by hope. ON EDGE combines highly physical parkour and compelling theatre to tell a gripping story hidden in the shadows of the construction industry.

The Full Shebang, Mansfield on Saturday 11th September, 12pm and 3pm.

Lancashire Encounter, Preston on Saturday 18th September at 1pm and 4pm.

Pavilion Promenade, Worthing on Saturday 25th September at 1pm and 4pm.

Circulate 2021, Ilford on Saturday 16th October at 1pm and 4pm.


Leopards at Rose Theatre, Kingston, audio described. Saturday 18th September, 3. Touch tour at 1:30pm. Tickets £15

A gripping encounter that takes place over the course of one stormy night, Leopards is a new play about the image we construct of ourselves and what it truly means to be good.

Book by phone on 020 8174 0090 or email [email protected]

Motion House – Nobody at Peacock Theatre, audio described.Thursday 23th September, 7:30pm. Tickets £18 – £40

Fast-moving and highly physical, Nobody explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us.

Book by phone on 020 7863 8222 or email [email protected]

The Interrogation at Battersea Arts Centre, audio described. Tuesday 28th September – Sunday 3rd October. Performances at 2:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Pay what you can tickets

Please note The Interrogation takes place through an app, and by walking around outdoors. To experience the performance, you’ll need a smartphone and headphones. There is no live performance – everything is in the app.

Charlene has done something terrible. Lots of people saw her and they’re not happy. Using new mobile technology, Access All Areas will take you on a walk through the streets of London to discover what Charlene did, and to find out what you can do about it.

Bring your smartphone, headphones and your wits, as you follow the story of a shocking local crime.

Booking contact email: [email protected]

10 Nights at Bush Theatre, audio described. Thursday 7th October – Saturday 6th November, 8pm. Touch tour 7pm. Tickets from £10.

One man’s spiritual journey is about to begin… after he’s sent this tweet. A moving and funny new play by Shahid Iqbal Khan, a story of self-discovery and facing the consequences of your actions.

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

Hairspray the Musical at Curve Theatre, Leicester, audio described. Saturday 9th October, 2:15pm. Touch tour 12:45pm. Tickets £10 – £42

You can’t stop OUR beat- HAIRSPRAY is BACK ON Tour! This fun-filled, feel-good show is bursting with show-stopping numbers, dazzling costumes and dizzying dance-routines that you can’t help but shimmy to.

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

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, audio described. Saturday 9th October, 2:30pm. Tickets £15 – £41

This bold new revival of Tennessee Williams’ lyrical Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece is a blazing portrayal of what it takes to survive in a society where we’re all desperate to feel free.

Book by phone on 01227 787787 or email [email protected]

What’s Online

The Postal Museum: Wish You Were Here Audio Described Tour, Vimeo, 29mins

Audio described by Di Langford.

Celebrating the iconic role of the postcard in connecting people over the last 100 years. Find out some of the highlights on display in the exhibition.

Almeida Theatre: Rescuing One’s Sister in the Wind and Dust, audio described, YouTube video 1hour 26mins

In a haunted world of illusions and transactions, where a mother can sell her daughter into the life of a courtesan, Yinzhang is lucky to have the older, more experienced Pan’er as her sworn sister. Seductress, adventurer, trickster, Pan’er will stop at nothing to save her sister from a disastrous marriage. Based on the twelfth-century proto-feminist Chinese classic by Guan Hanqing, Amy Ng’s adaptation is a witty, boisterous romp about sisters doing it for themselves.

Sadler’s Wells Theatre: Introducing the next generation of choreographers – John-William Watson, YouTube video 4mins

Audio described by Eleanor Margolies.

John-William Watson’s work focuses on abstracting and playing with everyday, utilitarian and pedestrian movement. Using a surrealist lens, this piece takes inspiration from the elements used in silent film to create an entire world around a story, with an unapologetic commitment to musicality, composition and character.

Particulate Matters 2.5 by Jennie Pedley from Birkbeck University, London, audio described,YouTube 3mins

Artist and NHS health professional Jennie Pedley’s artwork explores health of both the body and the environment and poses questions including ‘What caused the ‘underlying conditions’ that scarred the landscape?’ Pedley features in the video using breathing techniques inspired by NHS staff, while objects stream around her.

Bangarradance theatre: Mathinna Education Resource, audio described, YouTube video 7mins

Based on the true story of a young Tasmanian Aboriginal girl who lived in the early 1800s.


AD on TV

Here’s our selection for the week ahead. Don’t miss this week’s highlight, the film Romeo & Juliet on Wednesday 15th September, Sky Arts at 9pm.

Thursday 9th September

Cold War and Cinema, Sky Arts, 7pm

A Killing in Tiger Bay, BBC2, 9pm

Film Hellboy, ITV4, 9pm

Friday 10th September

Johnny Cash: Song by Song, Sky Arts, 7.30pm

Grantchester, ITV, 9pm

The North Water, BBC2, 9.30pm

The Cleaner, BBC1, 9.30pm

High Life, Channel 4, 10pm

Saturday 11th September

Animals with Cameras, BBC2, 2pm

Film, Gulliver’s Travels, 5.30pm, ITV2, 5.30pm

Brazil with Michael Palin, BBC4, 8pm

Treasures with Bethany Hughes, Channel 4, 8pm

Film, Dead Pool, Channel 4, 9pm

Film, Gladiator, ITV, 10.35pm

Sunday 12th September

Film, Brave, BBC1, 3.10pm

Serengeti, BBC1, 4.55pm

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, BBC2, 8pm

Vigil, BBC1, 9pm

Film, Red, E4, 9pm

Monday 13th September

Secrets of the Museum, BBC4, 8pm

Jamie Oliver: Together, Channel 4, 8pm

Silent Witness, BBC1, 9pm

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

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy, BBC4, 10pm

Tuesday 14th September

Wonders of Scotland with David Hayman, ITV, 7.30pm

Secret Life of the Zoo, Channel 4, 8pm

Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed Britain, Channel 4, 9pm

Silent Witness, BBC1, 9pm

A House Through Time, BBC2, 9pm

Film, Ransom, ITV4, 10pm

Wednesday 15th September

Great British Railway Journeys, BBC4, 7pm

Animals with Cameras, BBC2, 8pm

The Repair Shop, BBC1, 8pm

Fred and Rose West Reopened, ITV, 9pm

Film, Romeo & Juliet, Sky Arts, 9pm


Image: A photograph of the exterior of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.