This month sees the first audio description of the new play from award-winning comedy duo - Lip Service - The Picture of Doreen Gray.
Doreen Gray has it all, a drive time radio show, a high ratings lifestyle programme on Even More 4, but hitting 50, Doreen finds her face no longer fits the bill. At a school reunion she stumbles across a youthful self portrait and makes a dark and dreadful pact with the picture. Featuring community actors as Doreen's school mates live on stage and on film.
Doreen Gray will be audio described this month at Oldham Coliseum on October 21st, with a second audio description at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on November 8th. Further dates across the country to be announced for 2015.
The theme of the First World War is revisited in the Octagon Theatre's production of Early One Morning by Bolton playwright Les Smith. This moving play tells the true story of of 26-year-old soldier James Smith from Bolton.
Flanders, August 21st 1917. British forces advancing towards Passchendaele are struggling through driving rain and mud. The fighting is fierce and bloody. Each day thousands are killed, wounded or lost to oblivion. Two miles behind the front line a Field General Court Martial begins. Private James Smith of the King’s Liverpool Regiment is charged with desertion.
This is the moving and compelling story of a Bolton soldier, who for three years has been fighting in some of the fiercest battles of the First World War. He has been wounded, received two Good Conduct Medals, and been promoted. He is now on trial for his life.
Audio description is on October 16th.
Another war related drama is at The Dukes in Lancaster, audio described on October 22nd.
Acclaimed theatre makers, imitating the dog, bring their unique theatrical vision to Ernest Hemingway’s seminal First World War novel and the much loved film – A Farewell to Arms. Based on the author’s real-life experience in 1918, A Farewell to Arms tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver for the Italian army and his tragic relationship with British nurse Catherine Barkley.
The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse present two productions this month Bright Phoenix ,on October 10th, , and Sean O Casey's compelling drama Juno and The Paycock, starring Niamh Cusack, on October 15th.
Bright Phoenix at the Everyman, is a wild play about the carnival of the city at night and a gang of rebel kids who still don't quite fit in as grown-ups. Featuring live music, Jeff Young's epic and poetic play commissioned especially for the new Everyman, reveals the magic of forgotten places and dreaming beneath the stars.
Juno and the Paycock at The Playhouse is a co-production with the Bristol Old Vic and reviews there have been excellent.
The world’s in the grip of change for Juno and her peacock of a husband – a daughter flirting with marriage and politics, a civil war outside the door, a son wounded and hiding from the conflict. Could the reading of a will bring stability and status to the Boyle household?
Hilarity and tragedy rub shoulders in Sean O’Casey’s classic Irish drama set in Dublin 1922, featuring his trademark mix of comic double acts, political upheavals, domestic longings, and characters who are never far away from an opulent word or song.
Touring productions being described this month include the fabulous, Wicked at the Liverpool Empire, where we are guaranteed a wonderful touch tour; the ever-popular Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Manchester's Opera House; the super sexy Dirty Dancing and the slick and stylish Top Hat both at Wolverhampton Grand, and The Full Monty, about which I've had lots of enquiries! The show is being described at Liverpool Empire on October 23rd with further audio descriptions planned in due course for Norwich Theatre Royal and Bradford Alhambra.
Tickets are sold out for both Shakespearian adventures being presented this month in Manchester - Romeo and Juliet - being performed by the Home company at the Victoria Baths, and Hamlet - starring Maxine Peake - at the Royal Exchange.
And if you're brave enough, the final production of the Theatre by the Lake's Summer Season, is the day after Hallowe'en- November 1 - for Dracula at 8pm.
In the Visual arts this month, the Henshaw's group are visiting the People's History Museum, for A Land Fit for Heroes – War and the Working Class.
The exhibition One Man, One Vision - Thomas Henshaw - is now on at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition celebrates 175 years of Henshaw's Society for Blind People and has an audio description, plus audio tour, tactile guide and handling objects.
Just announced are audio description dates at Leeds Grand Theatre for Barnum 25 April 2.30
King’s Speech 30 May 2.30 The Producers 13 June 2.30 JCSuperstar 11 July 2.30