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Mind's Eye News 2012 - 2013

Audio described Christmas shows up and down the country!

Peter Pan and Robin Hood,
Swallows, Amazons, all that’s good
A Christmas Carol, yes it’s time
For Christmas shows and pantomime!

Will our lovely Cinderella
Lose her shoe but find a fella?
Will Aladdin, oh so brave,
Find a way out of the cave?
Will the beautiful Snow White
Take that apple - will she bite?
Will the Mirror on the wall
Tell Who’s Fairest of us All?
Will our Dickie hear those bells
And become Lord Mayor, as they foretell?


Come and see our Christmas shows Boo and cheer at our pantos!

Anne Hornsby and her team offer a whole host of Christmas entertainment this year.

Northernmost, we have :

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, who present Swallows and Amazons, a tale of adventure and friendship out on the Lake, with an intrepid bunch of children. (January 10, 7pm)

A Christmas Carol

At The Dukes, Lancaster, is A Christmas Carol – the perennial favourite being given a new twist and a new setting for it is in Lancaster that this tale of miserly Scrooge unfolds. With brilliant young actor Gareth Cassidy who, as pirate Tom Morgan, proved one of the most popular characters at the Dukes last Christmas. The new date for A Christmas Carol is January 3, 7pm.

A little further South we come to the Bolton Octagon, for the first of two versions of Robin Hood this Christmas, this one directed by Elizabeth Newman with music by Barbara Hockaday. (December 6, 7pm)

Meanwhile at The Lowry, there are four audio described performances of Wanted! Robin Hood!, directed by Amy Leach. There are workshops for children with sensory impairments with Anne and Pat on Wednesday 11th December at 10.15am and Tuesday 7th January at 10.15am, so do book in advance for these.

Tickets for the Royal Exchange’s audio description of That Day We Sang on January 4 at 2.30pm are sold out, so do ring for returned tickets if you particularly want to come along to this one.

At the Manchester Opera House we have Dick Whittington with Jodie Prenger and Ben Faulks, with Eric Potts as Dame, and of course Ashleigh and Pudsey! (December 17, 7pm)

Dick Whittington

And at the Palace, something completely different: West Side Story is audio described on January 2nd at 7.30pm.

Going West, we come to Liverpool where the Empire’s panto is Peter Pan, with Ray Quinn (December 20, 7pm) and the Playhouse presents two audio described performances on January 16, of Aladdin, the Rock ‘n’ Roll panto starring Francis Tucker and Adam Keast.

Over the water on the Wirral, at the Floral Pavilion, it’s Jack and The Beanstalk, starring Ed Petrie, on January 5.

Further West we arrive at Llandudno’s Venue Cymru where the pantomime is Sleeping Beauty with Vicky Entwistle (Corrie’s Janice Battersby). (December 15, 5pm). In January Venue Cymru plays host to Scrooge, with the ever youthful Tommy Steele. (January 11, 4pm)


The furthest East we go is to Doncaster where Eleanor will describe Cinderella. (December 19, 6pm)

Bradford has two audio described performances of Aladdin with Billy Pearce in the title role and Chico as the Slave of the Ring. (January 8, 2pm and 7.15pm)

At Oldham Coliseum Finetime Fontayne plays the Dame in Jack and The Beanstalk. (December 19, 7.30pm)

Snow White

Moving further South we come to the Regent Theatre, Stoke where Chris will describe Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Johnny Wilkes. (December 6, 7pm).

Wolverhampton Grand is providing four audio described performances of Sleeping Beauty, with Joe Pasquale and international cabaret artist and variety legend Ceri Dupree in the role of Queen Passionella. All performances are in January.

And last but by no means least, at Milton Keynes is another Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this one starring Warwick Davis! (December 14, 7pm)

And if you’re looking for non-Christmas show audio described offerings, try Ghost The Musical at Stoke, on January 14, Tonight’s The Night in Manchester on January 23 or Priscilla at Milton Keynes on January 25 and Wolverhampton Grand on February 1st.

Seasonal greetings and happy theatregoing!!


November News

Audio description this month for touring shows includes: Blood Brothers, in its rightful home, at the Liverpool Empire! Mrs Johnstone will be played by Maureen Nolan, and The Narrator by Warwick Evans. There is always something specially poignant about describing this show in Liverpool. Bring your hankies!

Blood Brothers

Another tear-jerker - West Side Story is at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. An epic show which reproduces the fantastic Jerome Robbins choreography.

West Side Story

Singing in the Rain is at the Opera House in Manchester – bring your brollies for this one!

Singing in the Rain

Chris Berry will be describing Agatha Christie’s Go Back For Murder at Venue Cymru in Llandudno – always a popular choice for a whodunit!

Please be aware that A Passionate Woman, which was due to be described at the end of the month at the Alhambra, Bradford has been cancelled due to the illness of Lynda Bellingham.

In the first week of December Cats, at Liverpool Empire and Joseph, at Bradford’s Alhambra will both be audio described.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Another ambitious piece of musical theatre hits the Royal Exchange Theatre this month, with their staging of Sweeney Todd This co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse has received critical acclaim and no doubt Manchester audiences will appreciate its chilling tale, though you may never want to go to the barber’s again!

The very first of the Christmas shows and pantomimes take place on Friday December 6 with Robin Hood at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and Snow White at the Regent Theatre Stoke, starring Jonathan Wilkes.

These will be followed by other seasonal family shows at the following theatres:

  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
  • The Dukes, Lancaster – NB the date of Christmas Carol has been changed from 21 December to 3 January
  • Coliseum Theatre, Oldham
  • Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
  • The Cast, Doncaster
  • Liverpool Empire
  • Liverpool Playhouse
  • The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno
  • Royal Exchange, Manchester
  • The Lowry
  • Palace Theatre, Manchester
  • Opera House, Manchester
  • Wolverhampton Grand
  • Milton Keynes Theatre.

Full details in next month’s update!

Remember to check the times of touch tours and to reserve head-sets when you are booking for shows.

This month Anne is also providing training for staff and volunteers at a few of the small Medical Museums in London, enabling those who work there to offer a better service and welcome to their blind and partially-sighted visitors.

In the meantime, happy theatregoing!


October Shows

October is chocabloc with audio described shows!

Highlight of this month is Wicked at the Palace Theatre, Manchester on October 17. This spectacular show fills us in on the background story of the Good and Bad Witches who feature in The Wizard of Oz. We go back to the childhoods of Glinda and Elfaba, follow them on their trip to The Emerald City and their dealings with the Wizard of Oz! Tickets for the audio description and places on the touch tour are in demand so if you haven’t booked already please do so soon. There will also be Mind’s Eye descriptions of Wicked next year at Milton Keynes, Leeds and Liverpool.


Other touring productions being audio described this month include the outrageous and fun Priscilla Queen of the Desert, at Bradford’s Alhambra, October 12, the always moving, epic Fiddler on the Roof at Wolverhampton’s Grand, starring Paul Michael Glaser, and the ever magical Cats at Stoke’s Regent on October 18th.


Also during October, some fantastic and memorable theatre shows are being audio described across the North West:

David Thacker’s much praised production of Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, is at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton on October 23.. Please note this performance begins at 7pm and the touch tour will be at 6pm For an evening of heart-rending family drama, this moving play is not to be missed.

The Royal Exchange, Manchester presents a new interpretation of another American classic – Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, in a co-production with Talawa Theatre Company. The Touch tour will be at 2.30pm on October 19

In Liverpool, the Playhouse present a co-production with Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre of a stage adaptation of Dostoevsky’s epic Crime and Punishment, (October 10) while Oldham Coliseum’s critically acclaimed Chicago with its highly talented company of singers, dancers and musicians will be described on October 11th.


Playing at Lancaster’s Dukes and later at Oldham Coliseum is the world premiere of No Fat Juliets by local writer and much loved comic actress Sue McCormick.

A little further North is the final audio description of the current season at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake – See How They Run. Madcap antics in this fast moving comedy where a sting of vicars chase in one door and out of another!

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A Selection of Audio Described Delights

On 9 August visitors to The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston can take part in an audio described tour and workshop. For further details contact Kyra Milnes on 01772905412.

The crazy and hilarious comedy TOO CLEVER BY HALF is at the Royal Exchange this summer and the audio description will be on August 10 at 3.30pm, with a touch tour about an hour beforehand. Join us for some crazy antics and lots of fun.

Ghost the musical

GHOST THE MUSICAL continues its UK tour and is this month being audio described at Nottingham Concert Hall on Friday August 16 at 7.30pm. The touch tour will take place about an hour beforehand. This is a wonderful story of the enduring power of love with amazing effects, and lots of comedy too from Wendy Mae Brown in the role of Oda Mae.

The next audio described performance of GHOST from Mind’s Eye will be on September 18 at Milton Keynes Theatre.

Marti Pellow stars as Che Guevara in EVITA which stops off at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton on August 28th. Always a popular show, so early booking is recommended.

Looking ahead to September, there is a chance to take advantage of audio description at the Imperial War Museum North on Sunday September 8 at 1.30pm.

You can also take in two audio described performances at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake – AN INSPECTOR CALLS on 13 at 8pm and SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER on 25 at 2.30pm. Make a visit to this theatre in this stunning location and take in a classic play!

The drama of the lakes

JERSEY NIGHTS on 14th at 2.30pm and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW on 21st at 5pm will entertain Bradford’s Alhambra’s audience of blind and partially sighted visitors – stockings for Rocky are recommended, but not compulsory!

A new tour of WEST SIDE STORY begins at the Liverpool Empire Theatre with the description on 26th at 7.30pm. Impeccable choreography and a heart-rending story, not to be missed, and visiting Manchester’s Palace Theatre in January.

On 27th is a different production of J.B. Priestley’s AN INSPECTOR CALLS – this one at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton and directed by David Thacker.

Finally on the afternoon of September 28th, HAIRSPRAY is audio described at Theatre Royal Norwich, whilst at Venue Cymru, audiences can enjoy BUTTERFLY LION.

For further details contact Mind’s Eye on 01204 522481, or by email at mindseyedescription@gmail.com , on Facebook – MindsEye or on Twitter @MindsEyeArts.

We look forward to seeing you soon!



Summer is here!

Tickets are now on sale for 2014 for the audio described performances of THE LION KING, at Bradford Alhambra, on 3rd April, and Liverpool Empire on 12th June, and for WICKED on 13 February at Milton Keynes Theatre, on 28th June at Leeds Grand, and on 2nd October at the Liverpool Empire.

The Lion King

If you love Ballet then don’t miss the English National Ballet’s spectacular Swan Lake with sixty ballet dancers, at the Royal Albert Hall on June 23rd.Please book your places for the touch tour in advance – telephone 020 7838 3109.

The 40th Anniversary Tour of The Rocky Horror Show whips up a storm at Norwich Theatre Royal on June 7th and Milton Keynes Theatre on July 18th. Dig out your stockings and stilletoes, and join us for the Time Warp!

The Priscilla, Queen of the Desert bus makes stops at the Regent, Stoke on June 14th, Leeds Grand on July 6th and Nottingham Concert Hall on July 27th. High campery from three drag queens trekking across the Australian outback!

The wonderful story of love and loss – Ghost, The Musical, is audio described at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton on June 12th, at Leeds Grand on June 26th, and at the Opera House, Manchester on July 16th. Described by The Times as: “A dazzling display of undying love. Thriller, comedy and supernatural romance”.

Other audio described tours over June and July include: 9 to 5, the Dolly Parton Musical, in Nottingham, on June 15th, Evita at Liverpool Empire on June 27th, and Norwich on July 24th, and also in July at Norwich Theatre Royal are High Society and Birdsong, and at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre: Go Back for Murder, Rising Damp, and Dreamboats and Petticoats.

Finally, for a furry feline adventure, Cats is at Milton Keynes theatre on July 5th.

The Octagon Theatre audio description season ends with Piaf, the story of the petite French songbird with the powerful voice, on June 13th. The new season is now on sale and includes An Inspector Calls, Hobson’s Choice, Brassed Off, and Love Story amongst a year’s worth of theatre going. Please book your tickets well in advance.

Part Of Mag

At the Royal Exchange Theatre on June 29th is Pinter’s celebration which turns into a nightmare - The Birthday Party, and the new season is also now on sale, including : All My Sons, That Day We Sang and Sweeney Todd.

Both The Kite Runner in Liverpool and Noel Coward’s Hay Fever at Oldham Coliseum, are audio described on June 20th. Now on sale at Oldham are tickets for Chicago – the audio described performance is Friday 11 October.

Audio described tours of the Imperial War Museum North, in Salford, and for the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, in Preston, take place on June 23rd and 28th respectively. For more information about audio described performances, call the theatres on numbers on the attached list, and remember to book your headsets and your places on the touch tours in advance.

We look forward to welcoming you to a Museum or performance soon!


May News

Springtime with Mind’s Eye

We’re delighted to announce a short film which explains a little more about audio description.

Mind's Eye Description Services Ltd from Vincent Abbey on Vimeo.

Huge thanks to Vincent Abbey Photography, to all the Touch Tour participants, and to the cast and musicians of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Coming up this month are two touring shows which feature men in corsets – THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW visits Stoke’s Regent Theatre on May 22nd and Norwich Theatre Royal on June 7th , whilst PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE MUSICAL is in Liverpool at the Empire on May 23rd and Stoke on June 14th. Both are fun and outrageous pieces of theatre and provide great entertainment! Jason Donovan stars in Priscilla.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Other touring shows this month include Lindsay Posner’s production of Mike Leigh’s ABIGAILS’ PARTY ; the ever popular and somehow topical YES PM, and the funky SOUL SISTER all at Bradford’s Alhambra. In Wolverhampton we feature Dolly Parton’s music in the musical 9 TO 5 and you can find out whodunit in THE MOUSETRAP also at the Grand. if you like a chill up your spine, THE WOMAN IN BLACK is visiting The Lowry.

Doll's House

Other North West productions to make a point of going to, include Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE with Cush Jumbo at the Royal Exchange, and the also topical CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY at the Octagon Theatre. The new season of plays has been announced at the Octagon, taking us through to July 2014 with audio description for each of the plays. Further details on 01204 522481.


April News

Easter Goodies From Mind's Eye

Hello from the freezing North West and hope you are all keeping warm!

The Octagon Theatre film about audio description is now available on the Mind’s Eye website, so do have a listen if you are interested. The link is: www.mindseyedescription.co.uk.

Audio descriptions have recently been confirmed for WEST SIDE STORY and SINGING IN THE RAIN later in the year, both in Manchester. To book for either show, or any of the other upcoming audio described shows here, contact Gemma on 0161 245 6605 or email manchesterboxoffice@theamabassadors.com

Also just announced, are audio described performances for THE LION KING in Liverpool, and for WICKED in Leeds on June 12 and 29 2014!

The Lion King

April Shows & Showers

Over the next few weeks audio descriptions are taking place for the touring productions of HAIRSPRAY in Milton Keynes and in Liverpool, for CATS in Manchester and Bradford, and for THE MISANTHROPE in Richmond, Oxford, and Exeter.


Other touring shows include HIGH SOCIETY and THE PITMEN PAINTERS in Bradford, and THE LADYKILLERS in Leeds.

At other theatres David Thacker directs Tennessee Williams autobiographical poignant classic, THE GLASS MENAGERIE at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton; the hugely enjoyable BLONDE BOMBSHELLS OF 1943 is at the newly refurbished Coliseum Theatre in Oldham, and the Easter production at Theatre by the Lake is ROGUE HERRIES based on the Lakeland novel of struggle and redemption by Hugh Walpole. Unpredictable and impetuous, Francis Herries arrives in Borrowdale driven by a dream. His horrified neighbours watch as he moves both his family and mistress into his crumbling ancestral home. When he sells his mistress at the fair in Keswick, he earns the nickname Rogue and the intrigue thickens….

Rogue Herries

Other productions not to miss include the new play CANNIBALS at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG at Liverpool Playhouse.

A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg

We have had some great feedback recently from the Henshaws visits to the People’s History Museum and to Gallery Oldham. 19 blind and visually impaired people attended each of the described tours and handling events. A selection of their comments follow:

"I enjoyed the Gallery Oldham visit. I did appreciate the well informed talk about the ideas, feelings and techniques used when creating these pieces along with Anne's descriptions. And they are so generous with the tactile follow up. Dinah and Anne brought the items to life through their fluid descriptions of the various pieces and the background of the potters’ works".

"We were privileged to have the person whose idea the exhibition had been to tell us so enthusiastically about the history and social background to the exhibits"

"We are very fortunate to live in times when museums are being made accessible to blind people."

"As always Anne Hornsby's detailed and accurate descriptions brought the topic to life. This was enhanced by Dr Annemarie's talk which was not only informative but filled with enthusiasm and excitement."

For full details of what’s coming up right through to 2014, do check the list on the link on the Events page.

Looking forward to seeing you soon! If you haven’t tried an audio described theatre or gallery trip do give it a go!


March News

March Madness

There are some marvellous shows to catch in March with Mind's Eye.

At the Octagon Theatre in Bolton is the world premiere of the play TULL, by Phil Vasili, which looks at the fascinating life of World War One hero Walter Tull, a talented officer on the battlefield and the first black outfield player in the First Division of the Football League. The role of Tull is taken by Nathan Ives-Moiba, who wins our hearts from the moment we encounter him as a young lad fishing with his Dad in Kent, throughout the struggles and triumphs of his life.

The audio described performance is on March 7th.

Mind's Eye - March

More gripping drama is on offer at both the Lowry with the Library’s production of Brecht’s masterpiece MOTHER COURAGE and at the Royal Exchange with the classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Harper Lee’s portrayal of a young girl’s growing respect for her lawyer father is brilliantly captured.

Mind's Eye - To Kill A Mockingbird

The audio described performance for Mother Courage is on March 5th, and for To Kill a Mockingbird on March 23rd.

More lighthearted audio described theatre is on offer with the new tour of HAIRSPRAY at Bradford on March 13th, and Milton Keynes Theatre on April 5th, SAVE THE LAST DANCE at Venue Cymru on Friday 22, DIRTY DANCING, at Stoke’s Regent Theatre on March 26, and the new tour of CATS at Wolverhampton’s Grand on March 27th.

Catch the Royal Shakespeare Company on tour with THE WINTER’S TALE at Milton Keynes Theatre on March 15th; find out whodunnit in THE MOUSETRAP at Venue Cymru, on March 28th and at Liverpool Empire on April 3rd, and catch up with Roger McGough’s adaptation of THE MISANTHROPE at Cambridge Arts on Saturday 30th March, and a whole range of venues afterwards.

Roger McGough’s adaptation of THE MISANTHROPE

For something completely different come along to the audio described tour at Imperial War Museum North on Sunday 17 March at 1.30pm. The tour will take in the exhibition about the development of Medicine in war.


February News

From Mind's Eye

Mind's Eye Panto Season

The panto season is now over. We completed 24 descriptions of 17 shows, enjoyed by over 559 people including 175 adults and children.

The theatre Spring seasons are underway with several great dramas on offer, including the classics - Of Mice and Men at the Octagon and The Accrington Pals at the Royal Exchange. Both guaranteed to induce tears!

Of Mice and men

Touring shows are full of fun and spectacle, with Hairspray at the Lowry;

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Opera House, Dirty Dancing at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal, and a chance to catch The Phantom of the Opera at Liverpool’s Empire.

Mind’s Eye is providing the audio description for several of The Misanthrope tour venues for English Touring Theatre. The tour begins at Liverpool Playhouse, where both performances on February 28th will be described. Future descriptions will take place in Cambridge, Exeter, Brighton, Richmond and Oxford.

The first of The Lion King descriptions in Manchester is on 12 February and the second in March, although both are returns only.

And bookings are now open for Bizet’s Opera Carmen, which will be audio described at the Royal Albert Hall on March 2.


Hope to see you soon! Full details and up to date news on the Mind’s Eye Facebook site, www.facebook.com/pages/Minds-Eye, Mind's Eye on Twitter, or simply email us by using our contact form.



From Mind's Eye

Christmas is a-coming
It’s that very special time
For seasonal and family shows
And for pantomime!

Mind’s Eye is providing audio description up and down the country this year with a range of traditional pantomimes and Christmas shows!

Jack and the Beanstalk

With four different Cinderellas, three Jack and the Beanstalks, and four Peter Pans, to name but a few, there’s plenty going on – oh yes there is!

All shows are described by Anne Hornsby, unless advised otherwise.

Most theatres offer touch tours, usually an hour, or an hour and a half before the show. Do book your headsets and places on the touch tour in advance.

The furthest north we go is Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The theatre is presenting the heart-warming story of The Railway Children. The production will be directed by Ian Forrest and designed by Martin Johns.

Minds Eye

The audio described performance for The Railway Children is on Friday 11 January 2013 at 7pm.

Moving down the country, the next stop off is at the Dukes in Lancaster where we are offered a new version of Treasure Island in their intimate theatre space, The Round.

The audio described performance for Treasure Island is on 21 December at 7pm.

Further south, we come to the Octagon Theatre in Bolton - the second theatre in the country to offer audio description back in the late 80s. Here Elizabeth Newman is directing Peter Pan, which promises to live up to the success of last year’s Wizard of Oz.

Peter pan

The audio described performance for Peter Pan is on 4 January at 7.15pm.

The furthest West we go to, is Venue Cymru in Llandudno where the pantomime is Peter Pan. With John Evans as the lovable Smee, and Barney Harwood as Peter Pan.

The audio described performance for Peter Pan is on 16 December at 5pm.

Moving across the country we stop off on the Wirral at New Brighton’s Floral Pavillion. Michael Hurst is describing another Peter Pan, this one starring Jack McMullen.

The audio described performance for Peter Pan is on 3 January at 7pm.

Minds Eye

Over the water are the audio described performances for Liverpool, where the Empire is presenting Cinderella and the Playhouse: Jack and the Beanstalk. This year’s Fairy Godmother is Coleen Nolan, Cinderella is Liz Mclarnon and the Ugly Sisters are Pete Price and Pauline Daniels. At the Playhouse, Adam Keast and Francis Tucker create their own brand of silliness in the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll panto!

The audio described performance for Cinderella is on 19 December at 7pm and both performances on 17 January of Jack and the Beanstalk are being audio described.

Close by at the Brindley, in Runcorn, this year’s panto is also Jack and the Beanstalk with Bruno Langley starring as Jack.

The audio described performances for Jack and the Beanstalk are on 5 January at 5pm and 8 January at 1.30pm.

Moving across the M62 we take in Manchester’s seasonal offerings – Rats’ Tales at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Peter Pan at the Opera House and, at the Lowry, White Christmas and Arabian Nights.

Rats’ Tales is a world premiere by poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and Peter Pan stars David Hasselhoff as the dastardly Captain Hook. The Library Theatre Company’s production of Arabian Nights is offered with workshops for disabled children with extended touch tours. Meanwhile, you can’t get more Christmassy than White Christmas with Claire Sweeney and Steven Houghton.

A Rat's Tale

The audio described performance for Rats’ Tales, to be described by Eleanor Walk and Maxine Laing is on 5 January at 3.30pm. Peter Pan is being audio described on 7 January at 7pm. White Christmas is being audio described on 3 January at 7.30pm. And Arabian Nights dates are: 12 December at 2pm, 14 December at 7pm, 28 December at 2.30pm and 8 January at 2pm.

Arabian Nights will be described by Anne Hornsby and Pat Hayes.

The furthest East we go over the Christmas season, is Bradford’s Alhambra, where Billy Pearce will once again entertain with his unique brand of silliness, in the pantomime, Cinderella.

There are audio described performances for Cinderella at both performances on 9 January.

Oldham Coliseum actually kicks off the panto audio description season, with their Cinderella. Finetime Fontayne is again the cheeky Dame.

The audio described performance for Cinderella will be on 6 December at 2.15pm.

Moving South, we stop off at the Regent Theatre in Stoke for another Cinderella. The hugely popular Jonathan Wilkes returns to play Buttons.

The audio described performance for Cinderella is on 20 December at 7pm.

Further South we take in the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton where Sherrie Hewson, Keith Harris and Orville, Nikki Evans and Ken Morley will be taking part in the fun. The Grand are offering four audio described performances, of Jack and the Beanstalk, a couple of which are already sold out, so do book soon if you are planning to come along.

Audio descriptions take pace on 10, 11 and 12 January.

The furthest south we go this year for panto, is Milton Keynes Theatre, where Cinderella is again gracing the stage. Starring in this show is Louie Spence as Dandini.

Both performances on 2 January will be audio described.

Other shows coming up:-

Meanwhile, over in Norwich Theatre Royal is another crazy and fast moving show, which could almost be described as panto for grown ups – that is the touring production of One Man Two Guv’nors, with Rufus Hound chasing about as the hard-pressed Francis Henshall, trying to keep two masters happy without revealing to each that the other exists!

The audio described performance for One Man Two Guv’nors is on 8 December at 2.30pm.

High Society

High Society is being audio described at Venue Cymru on 30 January at 7.30pm by Eleanor Walk.

And it’s not long now until the audio described performances of The Lion King at the Palace!

Latest news:

Latest news is that audio descriptions have been confirmed for Priscilla Queen of the Desert and for Wicked in Manchester, on 20 February and October 17, respectively, for Rogue Herries at Theatre by the Lake on 20 April at 2pm and for the tour of The Misanthrope which will be audio described in Liverpool on 28 February at both the matinee and evening performances and then on tour.

New season audio descriptions are listed separately on the link on the Events page of the website.


October and November News from Mind’s Eye

Hope you are keeping warm and dry and cheering yourselves up with a visit to the theatre or art gallery!

One Man’s Vision, an exhibition celebrating the 175th anniversary of Henshaws Society for Blind People, opens at Gallery Oldham on 20 October and will include an audio guide and handling items. More information from Gallery Oldham on 0161 770 4653, or at www.onemansvision.org.uk or on Twitter @One_Mans_Vision

October 18 is the last chance to catch the Lowry Summer Exhibition with a described tour. Places are still available so ring 0843 208 6000, or just come to the Gallery reception for 10.30am on the day thelowry.com

Picadilly Circus by L.S Lowry

On October 30 and November 4 a new exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry will be audio described: The Wasted Works. Recently, scientists have discovered that the rich source of stem cells in discarded body parts (such as bones from joint replacements, milk teeth and fat from liposuction) can be used to regenerate tissues. Wasted Works is a collection of artworks from artist Gina Czarnecki that explores the life-giving potential of ‘discarded’ body parts, as well as their relationship to myths, history, cutting-edge stem cell research and notions of what constitutes informed consent. More information from: www.manchestersciencefestival.com

On November 11 Imperial War Museum North offers a free audio description with a tour around the Museum, a handling session and a description of the latest exhibition: Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict. Tel 0161 836 4000, www.iwm.org.uk

Meanwhile, theatre highlights over the next few weeks include a revival of Ben Jonson’s classic The Alchemist at Liverpool Playhouse, with a cast which includes Ian Bartholomew. For tickets ring 0151 709 4776, www.everymanplayhouse.com. The Heretic by Richard Bean, which won the 2011 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, is on at the Lowry in a Library Theatre production: thelowry.com 0843 208 6000,

The saucy romp The Country Wife is at the Royal Exchange in October, whilst it has just been announced that Imogen Stubbs will star in next month’s Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending. 0161 833 9833 www.royalexchangetheatre.org.uk

The Country Wife

Oliver Gomm as Mr Sparkish (left) and Nick Fletcher as Mr Pinchwife in THE COUNTRY WIFE by William Wycherley (Royal Exchange Theatre until 30 October). Photo - Jonathan Keenan

Dirty Dancing, packed with sexy, sensual dance numbers is at the Empire Theatre Liverpool, telephone: 0844 871 7677. Tickets available from atgtickets.com/Liverpool

Dirty Dancing

Jill Winternitz and Paul Michael Jones - photographer Alastair Mui

and 9 to 5 the Dolly Parton Musical is at the Opera House Manchester this month 0161 245 6605 manchesteroperahouse.org.uk and at the Regent in Stoke next. atgtickets.com/Regent-Theatre

The Octagon, Bolton, has a world premiere of Lighthearted Intercourse by Bill Naughton 01204 520661, www.octagonbolton.co.uk, and another Bolton writer Jim Cartwright’s The Rise and Fall of Little Voice visits the Alhambra in November in a production directed by the playwright 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk

The ever popular Joseph, starring Keith Jack is described in Nottingham and in New Brighton, floralpavilion.com, whilst Blood Brothers pays a visit to Norwich in November, starring Marti Pellow. Tel: 01603 630000 or visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Blood Brothers

You can come and meet those dancing feet in 42nd Street either in Wolverhampton, Tel: 01902 429212 or visit: www.grandtheatre.co.uk or Liverpool, Tel, 0151 702 7328 or why not vist atgtickets.com/Liverpool

The final two plays being audio described this season at Theatre by the Lake are the fast-moving farce Dry Rot and an adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations. Tel 017687 74411 and their website is www.theatrebythelake.co.uk

More great theatre with a chance to catch Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, in Bradford. You can telephone 01274 432000 for more details or visit: www.bradford-theatres.co.uk and Oliver! Starring Neil Morrisey in Leeds, 0844 848 2700. leedsgrandtheatre.com

Plenty on offer for all tastes, so we look forward to meeting you at a show or gallery soon. For the full listing download the wordfile on the events page and keep in touch through Facebook and Twitter!

Just announced is Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall on March 2 at 2.30pm. Tickets always sell quickly for audio descriptions here so book soon on 0845 401 5034 www.royalalberthall.com

And remember, panto is just around the corner… oh yes it is!



New Theatre Season Underway

This month gets off to a great start with the touring production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Leeds Grand Theatre! www.leedsgrandtheatre.com

The Phantom of the Opera

Other touring shows in September are CHICAGO, which visits Stoke’s Regent Theatre on 20th, www.atgtickets.com/Regent-Theatre, 42ND STREET, which is at Bradford’s Alhambra on 22nd, and the RSC’s JULIUS CAESAR, which visits Bradford a week later on the 29th. www.bradford-theatres.co.uk.

Also just confirmed is STARLIGHT EXPRESS at Venue Cymru, Llandudno on September 24th. www.venuecymru.co.uk

The new Octagon season opens with Max Stafford-Clark’s production of OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker.  www.octagonbolton.co.uk.

An audio described visit to the Imperial War Museum North is on offer on Sunday 2nd – meet by the front desk at 1.30pm. Admission is FREE.

Also free is a tour of the current Lowry exhibition on Tuesday September 11th to which all are welcome. Please meet in the foyer for 10.30am.

The described tour of the Liam Spencer exhibition at Gallery Oldham is likely to be fully booked, so please contact us in advance if you would like to come along.

Liam Spenser

To keep up to date check the Mind’s Eye News page regularly, where tweets and Facebook entries are on display – you don’t have to be a member of Facebook, or a “twitterer” yourself to read them there.

We look forward to welcoming you to a described event soon!