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  • Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye
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Mind's Eye News 2015


It’s panto time, - Oh yes it is!
So quick, before it snows,
Reserve your headsets, and your seats For fun and festive shows!

Book your places on the touch tours,
Do it now, while you remember!
The BFG is first to be described,
At the Octagon, 4th December.

Mother Goose panto in Oldham
Is sure to be full of (bad) jokes,

Mother Goose

While Peter Pan is flying high –
He’s taking off in Stoke.

He’s fighting with Pirates and Captain Hook,
At Wolverhampton Grand,

Captain Hook

Whilst Aladdin, in Milton Keynes
Has got his Christmas planned.

You’ll catch Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
If you go to Venue C,
It’s always lovely in Llandudno,
At the Theatre by the sea.

Snow White

Meanwhile up in Cumbria,
At Theatre by the Lake,
A new version of The Snow Queen
Is this year’s Christmas take.


Rapunzel is letting her hair down
At the Everyman, Liverpool,
With live music from several eras,
RocknRoll panto is cool.

Over at The Lowry
Whatever the winter weather,
Audio-described for the children,
Is the story of Hetty Feather.

Hetty Feather

At the Hippodrome down in Bristol,
Gracing the pantomime scene,
Is another Snow White, with 7 Dwarfs
And her very vain, step-mother Queen.

Inkheart is at Manchester’s HOME;
A Beanstalk’s in Bradford, by ‘eck!
And an early one not to be missed -
At the Empire, the wonderful Shrek!


Later, at Liverpool Empire,
If you book your tickets real quick,
You’ll meet Tommy the cat, and Richard,
Whittington, known as Dick!

The Sound of Music

The hills are alive at the Lowry,
And last, but by no means least,
In the list of the family shows,
Is The Dukes’ Beauty and the Beast.

The Body Guard

For grown ups, we’ve got The Haunting,
The Bodyguard, and The Girls,
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life,
And An Inspector Calls.

Next year - Mary Poppins, Chitty Bang Bang,
Billy Elliot, Mama Mia and others,
Seasons in Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool,
And Wicked and also Blood Brothers

Billy Elliot

We look forward to welcoming you
To the shows, and to the touch tours;
Have a wonderful festive season
Best wishes to you and to yours!

Anne Hornsby, Twitter: @MindsEyeArts and Email Mind's Eye

October and November News

In October you have the chance to attend the second two audio described shows at Theatre by the Lake’s season – the wonderful bitter- sweet ABIGAIL’S PARTY on 7 October at 2pm and Noel Coward’s witty and clever FALLEN ANGELS on 24 October, also at 2pm.

Abigal's Party

If you are planning on joining us for the touch tour, do contact the Box Office on 017687 74411 to check the meeting time.

Producing theatres are giving us some bold and exciting dramas this season with:

Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s gripping play AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE at the Octagon Theatre, directed by David Thacker.

A re-telling of the myth of THE ODYSSEY at the Liverpool Everymen, whilst at The Playhouse is Tennessee’s poignant drama, THE GLASS MENAGERIE.

The Glass Menagerie

At HOME we have another Greek masterpiece with a modern telling – THE ORESTIA

At the Royal Exchange Theatre, POMONA is a sinister and surreal thriller from Alistair McDowall - Ollie's sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys' end and nightmares are born.

Touring shows over October and November include;

BLOOD BROTHERS with Marti Pellow as The Narrator and Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone, at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.

Hot and steamy DIRTY DANCING, and the sell-out Four Seasons story, JERSEY BOYS at Venue Cymru.

Dirty Dancing

PRISCILLA, HAIRSPRAY and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR are all described at Bradford Alhambra.

The National Theatre’s touring production of AN INSPECTOR CALLS is described at Stoke Regent and at Norwich Theatre Royal and ANNIE starring Craig Revel Horwood at Birmingham Hippodrome.


On 26 November, the first audio described performance by Mind’s Eye for some years at Bristol Hippodrome will be for MARY POPPINS.

Mary Poppins

On 10 and 25 November at The Harris Museum there will be audio described tours, beginning at 1pm and the very popular Henshaws group continues to visit galleries and museums around Greater Manchester every month.

As soon as we arrive into December, the Christmas shows begin and these will be featured in our December update. Meanwhile all details are on the Events page of the website; regular updated information is on Twitter and Facebook and listen out for interviews on Insight Radio.


Welcome to September’s news from Mind’s Eye, and hope you have had a good summer, even without the sun!

Two pieces of news to tell you about – in July, Anne Hornsby learnt that she had been chosen to receive the International Achievement Award from the American Council of the Blind and its Audio Description Project, for outstanding contribution to Audio Description with her work as a Describer, Trainer and as a member of the Audio Description Association Executive. Sadly, she didn’t get to go to Texas to receive the award in person, but it arrived safely in the post!

Anne Hornsby has been chosen to receive the International Achievement Award from the American Council of the Blind and its Audio Description Project

Also announced over the summer is the Audio Description Association Conference to be held next year on March 14 in Birmingham to explore how to increase audiences for audio description in theatres and cinema. Booking is now open for the Conference through the ADA website – www.audiodescription.co.uk

Audio description has just been announced next year at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford for BILLY ELLIOTT on 9 June and for MAMA MIA at Nottingham Royal Centre on 21 June 2016.

Coming up in September this year, we have audio description for the touring shows:

Jesus Christ Superstar

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Venue Cymru on 5 at 2.30pm;

Shrek The Musical

For SHREK at Bradford Alhambra on 16, at 2pm, and at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on 7 October at 7pm;

For THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Liverpool Empire Theatre on 16 at 7.30pm; for DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS on 24 September at 7.30pm; and for ANNIE on 1 October at 2.30pm at Bradford Alhambra.

Other touring shows include DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE, which is being described at Home, Manchester on 17, at 7.30pm and BLIND MAN’S SONG at the Lowry on 19, with descriptions at 3pm and 8pm.

Producing theatres’ seasons are all getting underway, with HOT STUFF at Oldham Coliseum Theatre, and THE FAMILY WAY at the Bolton Octagon. Described performances are 12 September at 2.30pm and 15 September at 7.30pm.

Hot Stuff

An Oldham Coliseum Production, Hot Stuff, The devil wears high heels in this fabulous musical. Sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – It’s a one way ticket to hell… Wannabe rock star Joe Soap will stop at absolutely nothing in his bid for fame and glory. If it means jilting his sweetheart Julie on the dance floor and striking a demonic deal with Lucy Fur with his soul as the ultimate price then so be it. What could possibly go wrong?

A wickedly outrageous ride through the best and worst of the 70s and 80s, Hot Stuff features a whole host of hits including: Blame it on the Boogie, Nutbush, Le Freak, D.I.S.C.O, Addicted to Love and of course Hot Stuff.

Premiered right here at the Coliseum, Hot Stuff became an instant cult classic, rocking the West End, national tours and numerous revivals in Leicester. Now this smash-hit musical is back, brought to you by the dream team who gave you Chicago and Our Day Out so it’s guaranteed to have a brand new audience partying like it’s 1979 and dancing in the aisles.

The Family Way

The Family Way at Bolton, Optimistic newlyweds Arthur and Jenny Fitton are young, in love, and excited to embark on the rest of their lives together. But the wedding night hasn’t gone well and their married life is already getting off to a false start. Still living in the Fitton family home, with Mr and Mrs Fitton on one side of the bedroom, and interfering brother Geoff on the other, the happy couple’s expectations are slowly becoming as hopeless as their love life. Bill Naughton’s The Family Way is a funny and intimate portrayal of life, family, and love in 1960s Bolton. This social comedy illuminates the complex relationships within families, and the tender and precious ties that exist between parents and their children. Bill Naughton’s work has enjoyed huge success on both the stage and screen; he captured iconic cool in the world famous Alfie, and celebrated Bolton in local favourite Spring and Port Wine - which is still one of the Octagon’s best-selling shows in its almost 48 year history. In 1966 The Family Way received critical acclaim when it was released as a feature film starring real life father and daughter, John and Hayley Mills.

We look forward to welcoming you to a theatre soon! Remember to keep in touch through Twitter @MindsEyeArts or through the Mind’s Eye page on Facebook!

Sunshine and Audio Description!

July is the month of the Manchester International Festival an audio described events include MOTION CAPTURE at Manchester Art Gallery on 9 July, WONDER.LAND at the Palace Theatre on 10 July, THE TALE OF MR TUMBLE at the Opera House on 17 July and THE SKRIKER at the Royal Exchange Theatre on 18 July.

MOTION CAPTURE is an ingenious installation/exhibition where performers will wear body-suits with sensors which capture every movement. The movements will then be translated onto screens showing avatar like representations of the original performers. Technologically inventive and highly intriguing!

WONDER.LAND is a brand new piece of work, which we are thrilled to be premiering in Manchester. This re-telling of the story of Alice in Wonderland will then transfer to the Royal National Theatre. The music by Damon Albarn, the book and lyrics by Moira Buffini and the show is directed by Rufus Norris.

The Tale of Mr Tumble

Manchester International Festival has invited Julian Fletcher, known to millions through the CBeebies show Something Special to bring THE TALE OF MR TUMBLE to the Opera House – a funny, engaging and entertaining piece of theatre for little ones. There will be a touch tour beforehand and the description will be very easy to follow.

The Skriker

THE SKRIKER is another world premiere, starring Maxine Peake. Tickets for this are very hard to come by, so well done if you have already secured yours for the audio description.

Touring productions in July and August, which are audio described include:

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with Glenn Carter as Jesus and Tim Rogers as Judas at Leeds Grand on 11 July, and also at Venue Cymru on 5 September;

The new production of ANNIE at Venue Cymru , on 22 July, starring Craig Revel-Horwood as Miss Hannigan;

Craig Revel-Horwood as Miss Hannigan

The ever-popular sultry and sexy DIRTY DANCING at Bradford Alhambra on 24 July;

Northern comedy in EAST IS EAST at The Regent, Stoke on 25 July and also at Bradford Alhambra on 2 September;

THE MOUSETRAP ( but don’t tell anyone who did it) also at Bradford Alhambra, on 1 August, whilst at the Regent Theatre Stoke on the same date, it’s the classy musical DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS;

BARNUM at the Lowry, is on 8 August with the irrepressible, twinkling-eyed Brian Conley as the Circus Entrepreneur PT Barnum;

SHREK the lovable green ogre is at Milton Keynes Theatre on 27 August;

And the multi-award winning National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is audio described at Leeds Grand Theatre, on 29 August.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Other dates for your diary – audio description of HOOK at Liverpool Everyman by the late great Arthur Miller, on 23 July, and on 20 July an Open Evening at Liverpool Empire.

Check the listings for all the forthcoming dates and do let us know if you are planning on attending the touch tour for the show.

Have a lovely sunny summer and see you soon!

June News

On offer this month with audio description, are the following touring shows:

THE PRODUCERS, at Liverpool Empire, on June 3, - this wickedly funny show stars Jason Manford as Leo Bloom and Phill Jupitus as Franz Liebkind.

THE BODYGUARD at Bradford Alhambra,on June 10, a spectacular show featuring many well-loved musical numbers including I Will Always Love You, Queen of the Night, I’m Every Woman and One Moment in Time.

WICKED at The Lowry, on June 13 – (please note that the touch tour for Wicked is now fully booked and very few tickets remain for the audio description).

Wizomania The Musical

SHREK in Norwich, on June 20 - the tale of the loveable green ogre.

And on June 26, THE WOMAN IN BLACK at Venue Cymru, in Llandudno.- come if you’re brave enough for a haunting and chilling evening in the theatre!

Looking ahead to July – you can catch BARNUM at the Lowry, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Leeds Grand, ANNIE at Venue Cymru , DIRTY DANCING at Bradford Alhambra and EAST IS EAST at The Regent, Stoke.

Dirty Dancing

Other audio described shows in June include the hilarious comedy BOEING BOEING at Oldham's Coliseum Theatre on 4 June; THE HUDSUCKER PROXY at Liverpool Playhouse on June 18, based on the Coen brothers’ joyful, wise-cracking romantic comedy; more farcical fun in NOISES OFF at the Octagon on June 24, and also on that date, Olivier award-winning Kathryn Hunter stars as the ape-man in KAFKA’S MONKEY at Home, Manchester.

Kafka's Money

Tickets are now on sale for the new season at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre for:

Hot Stuff - 12th September, Matinee

Educating Rita - 22nd October, Evening

The Pitman Painters - 2nd February, Matinee

.. and at the Royal Exchange for matinees on the following dates..

The Crucible - 10th October

Pomona - 21st November

Into the Woods - 9 January

Wit - 6th February

For more details follow us on Twitter - @MindsEyeArts, or on Facebook, or drop us an email to mindseyedescription@gmail.com or ring on 07889 232438.


Latest news…

The new season for The Octagon Theatre, Bolton is now announced with audio description as follows:

The Octagon Theatre Bolton

THE FAMILY WAY – Bill Naughton’s All in Good Time - audio description date 15 September 2015

AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Henrik Ibsen – audio description date 15 October 2015

THE BFG by Roald Dahl – audio description date 4 December 2015

TWO by Jim Cartwright – audio description on 2/2 and the world premiere of TWO 2 by Jim Cartwright – audio description date 16 February 2016

MARTHA, JOSIE AND THE CHINESE ELVIS by Charlotte Jones – audio description date is 24 March 2016

The Summer/Autumn Season for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is also now on sale:

THE 39 STEPS, adapted from Alfred Hitchcock, with audio description on 9 September at 2pm

Mike Leigh’s ABIGAIL’S PARTY with audio description on 7 October at 2pm

And Noel Coward’s FALLEN ANGELS with audio description on 24 October, at 2pm.

Audio described tour at The Whitworth

The first audio described tour at the newly re-opened Whitworth Museum and Art Gallery will take place on 7 May at 6pm. So once you’ve voted, come down to the Whitworth, and get to know six of the works on display, including works by Peter Blake, Michael Craig Martin, William Blake and Eduardo Paolozzi.

The Whitworth Museum and Gallery Exhibition

Audio described touring theatre in May:

This month touring productions include:

Northern Broadsides’ KING LEAR at The Lowry on 9 at 2pm; the hilarious PETER PAN GOES WRONG at Norwich Theatre Royal on 13 at 2.30pm; the spectacular BARNUM, at Liverpool Empire on 21, at 7.30pm, the stunning THE BODYGUARD at the Regent, Stoke on 23 at 2.30pm, with Zoe Birkett as Rachel Marron.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Also, don't miss the witty and clever, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Manchester Opera House on 28 at 7.30pm; the captivating THE KING’S SPEECH at Leeds Grand on 30 at 2.30pm and also on 23 May, the ever-popular, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, at Milton Keynes Theatre at 3pm.

Looking ahead to June, touring shows with audio description include THE PRODUCERS, in Liverpool, THE BODYGUARD in Bradford, WICKED at The Lowry, SHREK in Norwich, and THE WOMAN IN BLACK in Llandudno.

The Producers

Other audio described theatre performances in May:

The world premiere of THE ANCIENT SECRET OF YOUTH AND THE FIVE TIBETANS, by Jim Cartwright, is audio described at The Octagon Theatre on 14 May at 7.30pm. One night three old friends who have known each other for forty years discover an ancient book that offers up the secret of youth. Within its dusty pages, the book reveals a series of rituals, that if followed sincerely – and with absolute diligence – promise nothing less than to turn back the clock and give them youth once again!

The first audio described performance at the new Manchester HOME venue is also a world premiere, audio described on 29 May, -THE FUNFAIR is a new version of the 20th century masterpiece, Kasimir and Karoline, an extraordinarily savage yet human exploration of the lives of working-class people, adapted by Simon Stephens (adaptor of The Curious incident of The Dog in the Night-Time). A funny, twisting, emotional roller-coaster ride through the loops, dips and highs of one night at the fairground.

Keep up to date with all the news through the Mind’s Eye page on Facebook or through Twitter - @MindsEyeArts.


Now on sale for next year! - audio description for Mary Poppins and for Mama Mia!, both at the Palace Theatre, Manchester!

Description date for Mary Poppins is: Wednesday 17 February, 2016 at 7.30pm and for Mama Mia!: Thursday 26 May, 2016, at 7.30pm

Mama Mia

To book for these shows, ring 0161 245 6605 or email manchesteraccess@theambassadors.com.

Also at the Palace Theatre, as part of Manchester International Festival is Wonder.land audio described on 10 July at 7.30pm.


Wonder.land is a new musical inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with music by Damon Albarn, and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini. The show will be directed by the National Theatre’s incoming director, Rufus Norris.

Also as part of the Manchester International Festival will be an audio described performance of The Skriker at the Royal Exchange Theatre, on Saturday 18 July at 2.30pm, starring Maxine Peake.

In addition, an exhibition being presented as part of the Festival at Manchester Art Gallery, will be audio described on Thursday 9 July at 10.30am.

For more information ring 0161 839 2662 or email info@mif.co.uk

Audiences have a change to catch the touring show - “the delightful, the delicious, the de-luvverly” - Anything Goes on 9 April, at the Opera House.

Meanwhile over in Liverpool at the Empire, the hot and steamy Dirty Dancing is described on 15 April.

The ever popular Oklahoma! Is described on 18 April at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, starring Gary Wilmot.

Local tours of The Mist in The Mirror , which began life at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre, and Hindle Wakes, which began life at the Octagon, are also being audio described. The Mist in the Mirror is at Hull Truck Theatre on April 21 at 7.30pm and on 8 May, at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. Hindle Wakes is described at the Oldham Coliseum on April 28.

Saturday 25 April is one of the busiest days in the Mind’s Eye calendar, with audio descriptions of Anna Karenina at the Royal Exchange, of 12 Angry Men at Venue Cymru, of Barnum at Leeds Grand and of The Bodyguard at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton.

The Body Gaurd

Shakespeare’s powerful tragedy, King Lear is audio described on 9 May at the Lowry in a new, stripped back production, brought to us by Northern Broadsides and Jonathan Miller.

Other Greater Manchester plays coming up soon include Noel Coward’s classic Private Lives at the Octagon Theatre on 16 April, directed by Elizabeth Newman, and the world premiere of Rolling Stone at the Royal Exchange, audio described on 1 May.

Those of you in Essex have just a few days to catch the Townley and Bradby Exhibition at The Minories Gallery in Colchester, with audio description of the works on display available on MP3 players.

And looking ahead to May, shows include: Jersey Boys, The Ancient Secret of Youth, Barnum, The Bodyguard, The Woman in Black, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Funfair, The King’s Speech and The Sound of Music!

Keep up to date with all the news through the Mind’s Eye page on Facebook or through Twitter - @MindsEyeArts.


The new venue HOME in Manchester is now open and audio description dates have been announced for the first theatre season. The dates are as follows:

THE FUNFAIR – with a live band, a big dipper and a freakshow! , on 29 May. KAFKA’S MONKEY, starring Kathryn Hunter, on 24 June. DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE, a new Beggar’s Opera, on 17 September GOLEM, combining animation, music and live performance, on 14 October. THE ORESTEIA, a radical and stripped back version of Aeschylus’ masterful trilogy, on 5 November. And, INKHEART,a new adaptation of the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke on 21 December.


Also announced are the new season dates at the Royal Exchange Theatre – for ANNA KARENINA on 25 April , ROLLING STONE on 1 May, and THE GHOST TRAIN on 13 June.

The highlight this month is Puccini’s MADAM BUTTERFLY being audio described at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 14 March at the matinee performance. Do book early for an afternoon of stirring music and highly charged emotions – all set in a Japanese water garden.

Touring shows this month include CALAMITY JANE with Jodie Prenger as the loveable, hard-talking, fast shooting Calamity, - descriptions are at Stoke Regent Theatre on Wednesday 11 March matinee, and at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on 25 March at 7.30pm. Touch tours are likely to be 90 minutes before the show starts, but do check beforehand.

Calamity Jane

Other touring shows include the toe-tapping ANYTHING GOES which will put a smile on your face – at Bradford on 4th March, and at the Opera House on 9 April, Lip Service’s comedy, THE PICTURE OF DOREEN GRAY on 7 March at the Lowry, and at The Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich on 18 March. The ever popular OKLAHOMA is audio described on 7 March at Wolverhampton Grand, on 21 March at the Lowry and on 18 April at Bradford’s Alhambra; THE FULL MONTY hits Venue Cymru on 20 March, and the witty and highly entertaining show THE PRODUCERS, starring Jason Manford, is at Milton Keynes Theatre on 1 April.

Jason Manford

North West productions of Susan Hill's chilling ghost story A MIST IN THE MIRROR and Stanley Houghton’s Northern drama, HINDLE WAKES also take to the road with audio descriptions of THE MIST IN THE MIRROR in Doncaster, Huddersfield and Hull, and of HINDLE WAKES in Bolton, Oldham and Lancaster.

Hindle Wakes

Following on from their success with TWELFTH NIGHT at the Everyman last year, the team are tackling A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, with audio description on 31 March

For full details, check the Twitter feed @MindsEyeArts and like us on Facebook!


Lots of exciting shows to visit during February, and over the next few months!

Touring shows include CALAMITY JANE starring Jodie Prenger:

Calamity Jane : starring Jodie Prenger

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams.

But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long-standing enemy, Wild Bill Hickok, to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love…

With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the Award winning song Secret Love. Audio descriptions of CALAMITY JANE are at The Alhambra in Bradford on 7 February, at Stoke Regent on 11 March and at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on 25 March.

If you like your American classic musicals, then you might also fancy OKLAHOMA! - Oklahoma! tells the story of two sets of star-crossed lovers: cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams; and cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie. The story takes place in Oklahoma territory in the early 1900s. It features the classic numbers Oh What a Beautiful mornin', The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, People Will Say We're in Love and of course Oklahoma. This production stars Belinda Lang and Gary Wilmot.

Audio descriptions for OKLAHOMA! are at Wolverhampton Grand on 7 March, and Bradford Alhambra on 18 April.

Meanwhile, in Milton Keynes on February 9, there’s another chance to catch THE JERSEY BOYS, telling the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and featuring all their hits!

THE FULL MONTY guys get their kit off in Bradford on February 11, with full audio description. In Manchester, at the Opera House on 18 February, we’ll be putting on the Ritz, with TOP HAT, and in Bradford on 5 March, it’s ANYTHING GOES!

The Full Monty

There’s just one chance to catch MAMA MIA with audio description, at Liverpool Empire on 25 February. Book early as this is the only UK venue for the show and tickets will be very popular!!

Smaller scale tours with audio description include Oldham Coliseum’s production, THE MIST IN THE MIRROR – being performed with audio description in Doncaster, Huddersfield and Hull, and Lip Service’s THE PICTURE OF DOREEN GRAY, which will be described at The Lowry on 7 March.

Booking is open now for the Royal Albert Hall’s audio described performance of MADAM BUTTERFLY. The Royal Albert Hall will once again be turned into an enchanting Japanese water garden for the return of the spectacular in-the-round production of Puccini's Madam Butterfly.

No opera can match the tragedy and sorrow of Madam Butterfly. Set in Japan at the turn of the century, this tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music.

The differences in attitudes and styles of East and West are skilfully woven together in Puccini's ravishing score. The magnificent love duet which closes the first act and Butterfly's celebrated solo One Fine Day, in which she shows her unwavering belief that Pinkerton will return to her, are just two of the greatest moments.

Madam Butterfly is sung in English and is directed by renowned opera and theatre director David Freeman. Oliver Gooch conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a distinguished cast with the title role being shared by Nam-young Kim, Hyeseoung Kwon and Myung-Joo Lee.

Madam Butterfly

A World Premiere hits the Royal Exchange this month, with SCUTTLERS being audio - described on 28 February,

It's 1885 and the streets of Manchester are crackling with energy, youth and violence. As workers pour into Ancoats, to power the Industrial Revolution, 50.000 people are crammed into one square mile. The mills rumble thunderously day and night. The air is thick with smoke. Life is lived large and lived on the street. This is the world's very first industrial suburb and the young mill workers who are the living cogs in its machines form the very first urban gangs, fighting over their territory with belts, fists and knives.

And finally, returning to its home, is Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA, being described at the Liverpool Playhouse on February 19 and starring Leanne Best and Con O Neil.

Educating Rita

We look forward to welcoming you to an audio described performance over the next few weeks.


Mind's Eye News 2014 - 2015


Once again it is the time
For Christmas shows and pantomime.
So come along and join us all;
Let your hair down - come to the ball!

Over the next two months, we are providing audio description for 32 events and many of these are Christmas shows, up and down the country.

The furthest North we go this season is Theatre by the Lake in Keswick where the Christmas offering is a delightful adaptation of JM Barrie’s ever-popular PETER PAN on the 17 January at 2pm. Demand for headsets is high, so if you are thinking of coming along, do please book as soon as you can and make sure you mention you need a head-set.

Peter Pan

Further South we come to Lancaster to the Dukes Theatre, where the first show of 2015 is being described – this is a new version of another favourite – CINDERELLA on 2 January at 7pm.

An inventive and lively version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND is at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton on 5 December at 7pm with Sarah Vezmar as Alice and a hugely talented musical company.

Moving East we come to Oldham Coliseum, for traditional pantomime with Finetime Fontayne – ALADDIN is being described on 16 December at 7pm - all head-sets are already booked, so let the theatre know if you do want to come.


In Bradford the irrepressible Billy Pearce is back, for another pantomime at The Alhambra, with SNOW WHITE. Both performances are being described on 7 January.

Snow White

Back across the Pennines, we are describing PETER PAN GOES WRONG at The Lowry, Salford – this crazy fun show is on 20 December, at 2pm. The Royal Exchange, Manchester, is presenting LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, on 10 January at 3.30pm – again this is likely to be a very busy show, as is THE LION KING at Manchester Palace Theatre on 27 January, 7.30pm.

The furthest West we go this year, is to Venue Cymru, Llanduddno for CINDERELLA with comic Jon Evans, as Buttons. Again all headsets are booked, so let us know quickly if you plan to come.

The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton is presenting SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS CATCH THE JEWELS with the audio described performance just announced for the 18 December at 10.30am.

There are three audio described shows in Liverpool – ALADDIN at the Liverpool Empire on 19 December at 7pm, LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD at the Everyman Theatre for both performances on 15 January (matinee is likely to be sold out so do check), and, an alternative to panto at the Playhouse – SEX AND THE THREE DAY WEEK, an adaptation of a Feydeau farce. Audio descriptions are on 18 December at 1.30pm and 5 January at 7.30pm.

Little Red Riding Hood

Moving South we come to the Regent Theatre, Stoke, where Johnny Wilkes stars in DICK WHITTINGTON in the first of the audio-described pantomimes on 3 December at 2.30pm with a second audio described show – the last of 2014, on 30 December at 5pm.

Dick Whittington

Still travelling South we arrive at Wolverhampton Grand, with four audio described performances of CINDERELLA starring Julian Clarey. Performances are on the 8, 10 and 11 of January, although the 11 is a private performance organised through Action for Blind People. Also at The Grand Theatre, on 29 January is BARNUM, starring Brian Conley.


The furthest South we come for pantomime, is Milton Keynes Theatre, where the funny and cheeky Bradley Walsh stars in PETER PAN on 13 December at 2.30pm.

Peter Pan

Meanwhile, there are still DadaFest events and performances to catch, the next audio description of THE PICTURE OF DOREEN GRAY by Lip Service at Hull Truck Theatre, on 31 January, and THE FULL MONTY at Norwich Theatre Royal, on December 6, but if you’re planning on coming to this one, please ring the Theatre urgently as almost all head-sets are booked out, with 50 people expected for the touch tour!

Looking ahead to February 2015, touring shows include AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, JERSEY BOYS, THE FULL MONTY, TOP HAT and MAMA MIA. For further details, consult the Events page at mindseyedescription.co.uk, drop us an email at mindseyedescription@gmail.com or give us a ring on 01204 522481.