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Mind's Eye News 2016

DECEMBER AND JANUARY NEWS FROM MIND’S EYE

And so this is Christmas,
With Seasonal shows,
The new ones,
the old ones,
And all the pantos.

Cinderella

Cinderella’s the favourite this year,
Which is always so nice,
In Bolton, Stoke, and New Brighton
And in Bristol - on ice!

Aladdin’s in Wolverhampton
And also in Wales,
In Keswick we’ve an Emperor
And a Nightingale.

Snow White

Sleeping Beauty’s in Oldham,
At the Empire, Snow White,
Whilst over in Bradford
Peter Pan’s taking flight.

Chitty

Rapunzel’s at the Arena
So young and so pretty,
And a flying car’s at The Lowry
So don’t miss our Chitty!

Sweet Charity

And as for the grown ups,
Their audio described events,
Include Chicago, Sweet Charity,
Dirty Dancing, The Commitments.

So a very merry Christmas!
We’ll raise you a toast,
While Billy Elliot’s dancing
And at Home there are Ghosts.

Evita

In January In Bolton
We’re Educating Rita,
Whilst at Liverpool Empire
It’s the return of Evita.

The Star’s at the Playhouse,
And last but not least,
At the Liverpool Everyman
It’s Beauty and the Beast!

Hope to see you at one or more of our audio described shows over December and January!

Other Mind’s Eye news is that the full season of shows at the Liverpool Everyman has now been announced, and details are on the Mind’s Eye calendar.

A report from the Audio Description Association Growing Audiences Conference is now available on the following website: audiodescription.co.uk and also in alternative formats.

Mind’s Eye will be providing audio description for many of the events taking place at the City of Culture, Hull 2017 – more details to follow.

In the meantime, we wish you and yours a peaceful Happy Christmas and very best wishes with plenty of theatre-going in 2017. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sparkling Shows for November with Audio Description!

There are two chances to catch the new show THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, by innovative theatre company Frantic Assembly, this month. Touching and funny, it tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown up children who are struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations. The play is audio described at Liverpool Playhouse on November 5 and at The Lowry on November 11.

To make your hair stand on end we offer you THE WOMAN IN BLACK at the Liverpool Playhouse on November 8. Tickets on sale now if you’re brave enough!

Billy Elliot

Also touring this month, we have two major shows – BILLY ELLIOT at the Bristol Hippodrome on November 17, with music by Elton John, the book and lyrics by Lee Hall , directed by Stephen Daldry and with fantastic choreography by Peter Darling; and the perennially popular supercalifragilistic MARY POPPINS at Bradford Alhambra, on November 23, with Zizi Strallen as the magical Nanny!

The Commitments

Georgia May Foote plays the Audrey Hepburn role – Holly Golightly - in the stage musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s film, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S at the Theatre Royal Norwich on November 19, and then on November 24, there’s another chance to catch the slick and sexy CHICAGO, this time at Leeds Grand Theatre, starring John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart and Jessie Wallace as Matron “Mama” Morton. On November 19 in Stoke at 2.30pm, is the first audio described performance of THE COMMITMENTS based on the 1991 film and featuring over 20 Soul classics live onstage! The show will be described later during its tour in Leeds, Bristol, Manchester and Bradford.

Please note that the audio described performance of BREAKING THE CODE at the Royal Exchange Theatre is sold out – if you are lucky enough to get returns, don’t forget to mention that you need the AD as the headsets will need to be wired in for you.

The Dukes Theatre is first off the mark with its audio described seasonal show – PINNOCHIO on November 26,- followed by CINDERELLA at The Octagon Theatre on December 2. A full listing of Christmas and family shows will feature in the next Mind’s Eye news bulletin and all details can be found on the Events page.

Mind’s Eye has recently been booked for audio described performances at Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre and forthcoming productions here include FRANKENSTEIN on December 2, RAPUNZEL AND HER WITCH on December 4 and 5 and WHERE’S MY IGLOO GONE December 6 – 8.

Scouse of the Rising Sun

DADAFEST gets underway this month with a whole host of shows and exhibitions being audio described – including Laurence Clark’s latest show INDEPENDENCE , the DADA CONGRESS, the FAT ACTIVISM WEEKEND, and BURLESQUE FROM BISCUITLAND and the first audio described show at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre – SCOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. Dates of audio described events are listed on the Mind’s Eye website and further details of the DadaFest programme on their website: www.dadafest.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you along to an audio described performance soon and remember – please do book your head-sets and your place on the touch tour in advance.

OCTOBER NEWS FROM MIND’S EYE

The Emperor

Two exciting new pieces of theatre are audio described at HOME, Manchester this month – the first on the 8th is THE EMPEROR, winner of four stars from The Guardian, The Financial Times and What’sOnStage. The Sunday Times said of the production:

“A riveting exposé of the excesses of Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie… The evening belongs to Kathryn Hunter. What an actress. It could very well be the stage performance of the year… Walter Meierjohann’s direction is discreet and evocative.”

And The Daily Telegraph:

“You’d be by turns captivated, amused and impressed by what Kathryn Hunter does here. The neat trick of the piece is to create a constant sense of the mercurial and the magical.”

The second production this month is THE INSTITUTE, brought to us by Gecko, who have a reputation for exquisite stagecraft and breathtaking choreography. Through dance the stories of four characters are portrayed to us – each one in both a caring and cared for situation. Again a four star winner, the Financial Times says of this show:

“The choreography is wonderfully eclectic and expressive, constantly shifting styles to meet the moment, and performed by all four men with exquisite precision and feeling.”

And The British Theatre Guide:

“It brought a spontaneous standing ovation that was fully and richly deserved. A wonderful piece of thought provoking physical theatre that’s an absolute joy. Just go!”

Two Shakespeare productions take place in the North West this October –

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA is described at Liverpool Everyman on 25 October at 7.30pm and

The Winter's Tale

THE WINTER’S TALE at the Octagon Theatre on 27 October at 7.30pm.

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA is a co-production between the Liverpool Theatres and The Globe Theatre. Following a national and international tour, Liverpool audiences are in for a treat with this swinging, sixties version of the Bard’s chaotic comedy!

THE WINTER’S TALE also features song within the powerful and moving story of a King who suspects his wife of infidelity, with devastating consequences.

Touring productions this month include;

Sister Act

SISTER ACT at Liverpool Empire audio described on 13 October at 7.30pm. This lively fun spectacle of a show tends to be very popular so do book your tickets and headsets early.

The Glen Miller Story

THE GLENN MILLER STORY is audio described at Venue Cymru at 2.30pm on October 15 and at Bradford Alhambra on 29 October at 2..30pm. Tommy Steele is in the title role with the musical accompaniment of a 16 piece orchestra. So Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, but aboard the Chattanooga Choo Choo, for a Moonlight Serenade.

BE MY BABY is audio described at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal, on October 22 at 2.30pm. Starring Ruth Madoc and Brooke Vincent, this play with music follows the fortunes of a handful of pregnant teenagers sent away to a mother and baby convent in 1964.

On the same day, (October 22), WOMAN IN BLACK is audio described at the Regent at 2.30pm. This chilling story never fails to make audiences jump out of their skins. As the tension mounts and the pale and thin figure of the woman in black is described, surely we too caught a glimpse of her?? Not for the faint-hearted!

Ghost

The new tour of GHOST THE MUSICAL is described at Manchester Palace Theatre on 26 October at 7.30pm. This musical version of the film, made famous by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, stars Sarah Harding and Andy Moss. A young woman has to cope with the unexpected and sudden death of her boyfriend.

The world premiere of THE OCKERBYS ON ICE by Debbie Oates is audio described at The Dukes, Lancaster at 7.30pm on 19 October. This thought-provoking new play takes us into the intriguing world of cryogenics, involving us in the big decisions of a middle aged couple, trying to decide whether they both want to sign the all important agreement to go ahead with the life-prolonging freezing treatment.

Other North West productions this month include: the final play of the season at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – the spine tingling drama DIAL M FOR MURDER audio described on 12 October at 2pm, and Sheridan’s witty comedy of manners, THE RIVALS, audio described at Liverpool Playhouse on 28 October at 7.30pm.

Just confirmed for November is the first ever audio described performance at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre. Book your headsets and places on the touch tour early for SCOUSE OF THE RISING SUN on 28 November!

NEW TERM, NEW SEASONS!

New Seasons are opening this month at theatres all around the North West.

Brassed Off

Oldham Coliseum mounts a production of BRASSED OFF, based on the film of that title and bound to be highly popular, - showcasing the talents of local bands - Delph, Diggle, Oldham Lees and The Boarshurst Silver Band. The audio description date is 17 September at 2.30pm.

To Kill a Mockingbird

In Bolton, Elizabeth Newman directs the Octagon Theatre production of Harper Lee’s classic – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, audio described on 20 September. Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows the struggle of lawyer Atticus Finch as he strives to defend a wrongly accused black man in 1930’s Deep South. Told through the innocent eyes of his fiery daughter, Scout, we witness how her small town is ravaged by racial prejudice.

Capturing the delights and mysteries of childhood, together with the pressures of Atticus’ fight for justice, To Kill a Mockingbird is as poignant and an important story now as it was when it was first written over 50 years ago. Join us as we bring the heat and intensity of the novel to our auditorium in this moving stage adaptation.

Looking ahead to 1 October, Maxine Peake stars in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Royal Exchange Theatre, for those lucky enough to have bought their tickets.

Watch It Sailor

Two of the Summer Season plays at Theatre by the Lake have their audio descriptions in September – on 7 September at 2pm the theatre presents a pacy production of Sheridan’s elegant comedy of manners, THE RIVALS, whilst on 14 September at 2pm, it’s the comedy WATCH IT SAILOR, cataloguing all that can and does go wrong on a young couple’s wedding day!

Touring productions this month include:

Cats

CATS at Stoke’s Regent Theatre, audio described on 10 September, at 2.30pm.

Adapted from TS Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other.

CHICAGO at Liverpool Empire Theatre, audio described on 15 September, 7.30pm:

Seductive and satirical, this star-studded production features John Partridge (Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express) as sharp, slick Billy Flynn, Hayley Tramaddon (Dancing on Ice, Emmerdale, Coronation Street) as sweet-seeming, fame-hungry Roxie Hart and Jessie Wallace, (Kat Slater in EastEnders) as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, queen in the cells of sin.

‘STILL THE SEXIEST MOST SENSATIONAL MUSICAL’
Sunday Express

‘SEXY, SASSY, SULTRY, SEDUCTIVE, SENSUAL, SLINKY, SOPHISTICATED’
Independent on Sunday

Pacifist

THE PACIFISTS GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER is at Home, Manchester on 24 September at 7.30pm.

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis. This brand new musical takes you on a whistle-stop tour through five unconventional stories about cancer, confronting the highs and lows of the scariest word we know.

Bryony Kimmings creates fearless theatre to provoke social change. Her collaboration with Complicite will look behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer: the waiting rooms and chemo suites, the changed bodies, the family pressures and financial worries. Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears and real cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heartbreaking celebration of ordinary life and death, scratching at the battle metaphors that surround cancer to reveal what really lies beneath.

Commissioned and produced by Complicite.

Blood Brothers

And finally, BLOOD BROTHERS, makes a welcome return to Liverpool Empire with an audio description on 29 September at 7.30pm.

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail). Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role she has played many times in the West End, in fact she was the show’s final Mrs Johnstone when it closed at The Phoenix Theatre in 2012. Lyn also starred in Bill Kenwright’s tour of Cabaret with Will Young in 2013 and rose to fame as a member of the pop group New Seekers whose numerous number one hits include ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’ which sold over 20 million copies.

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

A triumphant evening...Unmissable and unbeatable’
The Spectator

Bacon

There are audio described tours of the Francis Bacon Exhibition on 11 and 15 September. These are almost fully booked so if you do want to come along, please telephone Tate Liverpool on 0151 702 7454

Shows coming up in October include Sister Act, Ghost The Musical, The Glen Miller Story, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, to name but a few, so get booking early to avoid disappointment!

Hope to see you soon.

Fun and Games over the Summer – otherwise known as the Rainy Season!

Footloose

Cut loose for Footloose at the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday July 2nd at 14:30. City boy Ren gets a shock when he’s transplanted to small, rural town Bomont. Things ain’t the same out in the sticks, but a ban on dancing gets his toes tapping… This production features Pop Idol’s Gareth Gates as Willard and classic tunes such as Holding Out for a Hero and Let’s Hear it for the Boy.

We’re venturing outdoors next, to the house and grounds of Brockhole on Windermere, for Flight, part of Lakes Alive Festival, Sunday 10th July at 17:30. 100 local volunteer performers will bring Geraldine Pilgrim’s work to life in a piece that ponders the importance of flight, in all its forms, with a particular focus on Cumbria’s aviation history and with live audio description. Bearing the World War One centenary in mind, Flight plays tribute to the young airmen who took to the skies, never to return. We regret that performances are not accessible to pushchairs and wheelchair users due to steep uneven surfaces.

Another promenade performance this month takes place in Williamson Park where the Dukes Theatre will be presenting their annual walkabout theatre event. This time it’s The Hobbit! An audio introduction to this show will be available from July 9th so contact the Box Office if you would like to have one sent to you.

Also in the North West, Anne will be leading a tour of Sizergh Castle on Monday 11th July. Please note that this event is fully booked, but let us know if you would be interested in tours in the future.

The Merchant of Venice

In Liverpool this month there’s a chance to catch a touring Globe production of The Merchant of Venice at the Playhouse on Thursday 14th July 19:30. Shakespeare’s enduring exploration of self-interest, intolerance, love, law, and the divine quality of mercy sees one of his smartest and sassiest heroines, Portia, set her suitors a challenge, with unexpected consequences. Tickets are almost sold out so contact the Box Office soon if you would like to come along.

Teenage lust and table tennis, in Manchester next with The Mighty Walzer at the Royal Exchange on Saturday 16th July at 14:30. In a first time adaptation of Man Booker Prize winner, Howard Jacobson’s, novel, we follow Oliver Walzer’s hilarious ups and downs as he navigates his way through adolescence. Ping pong, a place at Cambridge and a certain Lorna Peachley all make things that little bit more complicated…

Guys and Dolls

We take a trip to the slick, seedy underbelly of 1940s New York with Guys and Dolls at Wolverhampton Grand, Saturday July 23rd at 14:30. Under the haze of neon city lights, two very different worlds unexpectedly collide as gambling gangster Sky Masterson meets Salvation Army sister Sarah. Legendary Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta turns up the heat with his sizzling choreography as we enter the world of gangsters, gamblers and nightclub dancers. Featuring a cast and orchestra of over 40 and Broadway anthems such as Luck be a Lady and Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat!

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins flies in to Norwich for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious audio described visit at the Norwich Theatre Royal on Wednesday 27th July at 19:30. Join us for a magical and memorable journey on the rooftops of London with the Banks family, Bert, and of course Mary Poppins (played by Zizi Strallen). Adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and with fresh choreography by the legendary Matthew Bourne OBE, this lively production will delight children and adults alike.

With over 26000 performances in London alone, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is back at Venue Cymru with a 60th anniversary production on Saturday 30th July at 14:30. A group of people in a claustrophobic country house, blocked in on every side by thick snow, are terrified to realise that a murderer is in their midst… Dame Agatha is at her best in this spine-tingling, tantalisingly-paced, thriller, which stars Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin) as Mrs Boyle.

Wicked

Something Wicked this way comes at Bradford Alhambra on Wednesday 17th August at 14:00, in what will be the only chance to catch the show in 2016 outside of its marathon run in London. At Shiz University, a bond is formed between two budding young witches, the blonde, angelic Glinda and the green, maligned and misunderstood Elphaba. But things take a twisted turn and their paths diverge as Glinda’s hunger for popularity clashes with Elphaba’s defiant wish to be true to herself. It’s the land of Oz as you’ve never experienced it before, with songs by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.

The Gruffalo’s Child

If you’re feeling brave enough, it’s time to step into the deep, dark wood with The Gruffalo’s Child at The Lowry on Thursday 18th August at 14:00. Along the way, we meet lots of other animals… But will we meet the big, bad mouse? Please note that the show requires all adults to be accompanied by a responsible child…

Chicago

Razzle-dazzling its way into Nottingham Concert Hall is Chicago on Saturday 20th August at 14:30. Seductive and satirical, this star-studded production features John Partridge (Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express) as sharp, slick Billy Flynn, Hayley Tramaddon (Dancing on Ice, Emmerdale, Coronation Street) as sweet-seeming, fame-hungry Roxie Hart and Sam Bailey (X Factor winner and real life prison warden) as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, queen in the cells of sin.

And finally a reminder to book early for some of our forthcoming audio described performances – The Rivals, Watch It Sailor, and Dial M for Murder at Theatre by the Lake, Brassed Off at Oldham Coliseum, A Streetcar Named Desire at the Royal Exchange Theatre and To Kill a Mockingbird at Bolton Octagon!

Full details on the Mind’s Eye calendar and do follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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June Tunes and Shows!

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

If you missed it last month, legendary camp favourite Priscilla: Queen of the Desert is on this month at the Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday 1st June at 19:30. Dig out the feather boas and join three sassy queens in their pilgrimage across the remote, dusty Australian outback in their pink and primped bus. It’s feathers and sequins galore in this uplifting tale of love, friendship and self-discovery, which features Duncan James from boyband Blue as Mitzi. Dancefloor classics such as I Will Survive and Go West ensure that this show is anything but a drag.

Annie

Anne does Annie next at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 3rd June at 19:30, in a fabulous production of the well loved story. At the Municipal Girls Orphanage, New York, 1930s, brave Annie escapes her miserable circumstances and, whilst searching for her parents, her luck changes – but not without a fight from Miss Hannigan, the horror. Featuring classic songs such as Hard Knock Life, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow.

Billy Elliot

After a whopping eleven years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical is coming to the Alhambra in Bradford on Thursday 9th June at 14:00. This story of a young boy’s turbulent journey from the boxing ring to ballet class, set against the backdrop of the bitter mining strikes of 1984, has moved audiences around the world. The musical fuses Lee Hall’s passionate story with impressive dance, and music by the legendary Elton John. Billy Elliot will also be described later in the year at Bristol Hippodrome and Manchester Palace.

Sleepless nights and illicit love next in The Night Watch at the Royal Exchange (Manchester) on Saturday 11th June at 14:30. It’s the late 1940s; we’re in a battered, post-war Britain, still reeling from the ravages of war. Five intertwined lives are at the heart of this compelling story, adapted by Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor from the novel by queen of queer historical fiction, Sarah Waters.

Syzygy

On Sunday June 12th at 13:00 at The Lowry there will be an audio described tour of South Bank Sky Arts Award winner Katie Paterson’s exhibition Syzygy. Syzygy (an alignment of celestial bodies, in case you were wondering…) ponders our place in the cavernous cosmos, exploring Eath’s relationship with other celestial bodies.

Singin in the Rain

We’re Siiiiiiingin’ in the Rain next at the Bolton Octagon on Tuesday 14th June at 19:30. This foot-tapping favourite, made famous by Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly, takes us back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont, silent movie stars, are enjoying their time in the limelight, but the threat of newfangled ‘talkies’ is rocking their boat: Lina can’t sing! Cue the entrance of chorus girl Kathy, which turns their world upside down… Featuring live music, dance, and rain!

The Welsh hills are alive with The Sound of Music at Venue Cymru on Wednesday 15th June at 19:30. Lucy O’Byrne (The Voice finalist) plays Maria Von Trapp in this classic musical, with stunning new staging to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the much-loved film.

Guys and Dolls

We take a trip to the slick, seedy underbelly of 1940s New York with Guys and Dolls at Milton Keynes Theatre on Thursday 16th June at 19:30. Under the haze of neon city lights, two very different worlds unexpectedly collide as gambling gangster Sky Masterson meets Salvation Army sister Sarah. Legendary Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta turns up the heat with his sizzling choreography as we enter the world of gangsters, gamblers and nightclub dancers. Featuring a cast and orchestra of over 40 and Broadway anthems such as Luck be a Lady.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, is bursting onto the stage at the Wolverhampton Grand on Saturday 18th June at 17:30. This brand new production marks the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror, which has been performed in over 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages! A young couple whose car has broken down stop for help at a castle filled with rather extraordinary inhabitants… Dig out your heels and suspenders and get ready to do the Timewarp (again!) with Diana Vickers (X Factor, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) as Janet Weiss, Ben Freeman as Brad Majors (Emmerdale’s Scott Windsor), Paul Cattermole (S Club 7) as Eddie/Dr Scott and Liam Tamne (The Voice) as the fabulously freaky Frank n Furter.

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

Dancing queens frolic against the background of the deep blue Greek sea in the crowd-pleasing Mamma Mia at the Nottingham Concert Hall on Tuesday June 21st at 19:30. Sophie’s on a mission to find her long-lost father, so she brings her mother face to face with three old flames… Old emotions flare up and nostalgia rears its head, and it’s all set to the fabulous soundtrack of Abba’s greatest hits. Seen by over 60 million people worldwide! To mark 100 years since the bloody Battle of the Somme, Liverpool Playhouse are showing Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, audio described on Wednesday 22nd June at 19:30. Frank McGuinness’s iconic play explores the 36th Ulster Divison’s place in World War 1, with death looming over eight men, their intense relationships filled with love and fraught with desire.

The Lady Killers

Black comedy next with The Ladykillers at Oldham Coliseum on Thursday 23rd June at 19:30. Based on the 1955 Ealing Studios film, it is the tale of Professor Marcus and his gang of fellow criminals who, posing as musicians, take lodgings with the oblivious Mrs Wilberforce and her parrot, General Gordon.

Now on sale are tickets for audio described new seasons at Bolton Octagon Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, and in a week or so, at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre. Shows include: A Streetcar Named Desire with Maxine Peake, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Brassed Off. Also on sale are tickets for audio described performances for The Commitments this year and next, for Sunny Afternoon and Mary Poppins. For full details contact the theatres directly or Mind’s Eye at mindseyedescription@gmail.com or visit the calendar on the events page of the Mind’s Eye website.

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May we invite you?...

May starts with sparkling, show-stopping musical The Bodyguard at the Liverpool Empire on Tuesday 3rd May at 19:30. Based on the blockbuster film, this romantic thriller charts the growing chemistry between a superstar and the bodyguard she hired to protect her, with X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke belting out Whitney Houston’s breath-taking array of hits in between. You’ll definitely want to dance with somebody!

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard will also be described on Saturday 21st May at 14:30 at the Leeds Grand and on Thursday 26th May at 14:30 at the Norwich Theatre Royal.

Guys and Dolls

We take a trip to the slick, seedy underbelly of 1940s New York with Guys and Dolls at Norwich Theatre Royal on Wednesday 4th May at 14:30. Under the haze of neon city lights, two very different worlds unexpectedly collide as gambling gangster Sky Masterson meets Salvation Army sister Sarah. Legendary Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta turns up the heat with his sizzling choreography as we enter the world of gangsters, gamblers and nightclub dancers. Featuring a cast and orchestra of over 40 and Broadway anthems such as Luck be a Lady.

Girls just wanna have fun in legendary camp favourite Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, at the Wolverhampton Grand on Thursday 5th May at 19:30. Dig out the feather boas and join three sassy queens in their pilgrimage across the remote, dusty Australian outback in their pink and primped bus. It’s feathers and sequins galore in this uplifting tale of love, friendship and self-discovery, which features Duncan James from boyband Blue as Mitzi. Dancefloor classics such as I Will Survive and Go West ensure that this show is anything but a drag.

Priscilla Queen of the desert

Priscilla will also be audio described at Venue Cymru on Wednesday 18th May at 19:30.

Chitty Bang Bang

Flying into town next is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Milton Keynes Theatre on Friday 6 th May at 19:30. This fantastical family favourite tells the tale of eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts and his two children, Jeremy and Jemima, whose lives change when they meet the beautiful Truly Scrumptious and take a ride in her car, Chitty... But can they escape the Child Catcher? The star-studded cast includes Lee Mead (Any Dream Will Do) as Potts and Shaun Williamson (best known as Barry Evans in EastEnders) as Baron Bomburst.

Keep your ears tuned in for an interview with Anne on Friday 6th May at 16:10 on the afternoon edition of RNIB’s Connect Radio. Anne will be giving you the latest Mind’s Eye news.

Inspector Calls

Stephen Daldry’s acclaimed production of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls is on at the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday 7th May at 14:30. Winning more awards than any play in history, this enduring tale explores social conscience through the lens of one family, the well-to- do Birlings, who uneasily receive an unexpected guest just as they’ve finished a celebratory engagement dinner...

Tom: A Story of Tom Jones the Musical

Tom: A Story of Tom Jones the Musical is swinging and gyrating its way into Venue Cymru on Wednesday 11th May at 19:30. Tracing the story of a Welsh boy in the Valleys with a big dream and a big voice to match, this feel-good musical is studded with hits such as It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat?

On Friday 13th May, Liverpool hosts Lightnight, a one night only arts and culture festival. The doors of the city will be unlocked as museums, galleries and heritage sites come to life at night with a trail of light projections, exhibitions, performances, walks, talks, dance and interactive activities. Anne will be leading an audio described tour of Lightnight between 17:00 and 22:00. Contact director of Open Culture, Charlotte Corrie for more details: charlotte@culture.org.uk.

Twelfth Night is interpreted afresh by Filter Theatre next at HOME Manchester on Saturday 14th May at 14:00. This bold and irreverent new telling of Shakespeare’s satirical comedy explodes onto the stage, exploring the madness of love in the heady land of Illyria, where all is not as it seems.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Richard O’ Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, is bursting onto the stage at Stoke’s Regent Theatre on Tuesday 24th May at 19:30. This brand new production marks the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror, which has been performed in over 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages! A young couple whose car has broken down stop for help at a castle filled with rather extraordinary inhabitants… Dig out your heels and suspenders and get ready to do the Timewarp (again!) with Diana Vickers (X Factor, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) as Janet Weiss, Ben Freeman as Brad Majors (Emmerdale’s Scott Windsor), Paul Cattermole (S Club 7) as Eddie/Dr Scott and Liam Tamne (The Voice) as the fabulously freaky Frank n Furter.

Henshaws have organised a tour on 26th May to the People’s History Museum to visit the exhibition Grafters: Industrial society in image and word. The tour is fully booked but if you are interested, please do contact the museum as they offer regular tours with audio description.

Mamma Mia

Dancing queens frolic against the background of the deep blue Greek sea in the crowd-pleasing Mamma Mia at the Palace Theatre Manchester on Thursday 26th May at 19:30. Sophie’s on a mission to find her long-lost father, so she brings her mother face to face with three old flames… Old emotions flare up and nostalgia rears its head, and it’s all set to the fabulous soundtrack of Abba’s greatest hits. Seen by over 60 million people worldwide!

Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion rounds off the month at the Oldham Coliseum on Saturday 28th May at 14:30. The play takes a sharp and satirical look at the rigidity of British class boundaries and strict gender roles through the story of sassy cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle and her ascension into London’s high society. Her interactions with pig-headed phonetics professor Henry Higgins form the basis of an enduring classic, which inspired the much-loved musical, My Fair Lady.

On sale now are tickets for the audio described performances at Theatre by the Lake – Watch It Sailor, Dial M for Murder and for The Rivals.

We look forward to welcoming you to a show or exhibition soon!

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APRIL SHOW(ER)S!!

April starts with Willy Russell’s classic twist-of-fate tale Blood Brothers at the Leeds Grand, on Saturday 2nd April at 14:30. Lyn Paul (Cabaret, New Seekers pop group) will return to her role as Mrs Johnstone in this bittersweet musical about the intertwined lives of twins parted at birth, only to meet again years later in poignant circumstances. Receiving countless ovations in its 10, 000 show run in the West End, this legendary show includes hits such as Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and Tell Me It’s Not True.

Jackie

It’s a real blast from the past next with Jackie: The Musical, on Saturday 2nd April at the Bradford Alhambra at 14:30. A divorcee, Jackie, leafs through the pages of her old Jackie annuals, finding quizzes, fashion tips, ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’, and sage advice from Cathy and Claire which still seems to resonate now! Armed with this new-found, or rather old-found, wisdom and a heady soundtrack with heartthrobs Donny Osmond, David Cassidy and Marc Bolan, Jackie takes on the world one sassy step at a time. Starring Janet Dibley (The Two of Us, EastEnders, Fat Friends), Graham Bickley (Ragtime, Bread) and Nicholas Bailey (EastEnders, The Archers).

Smoke and mirrors

Also on Saturday 2nd April but at 19:30 is Smoke and Mirrors at HOME Manchester. Fresh from the Fringe in Edinburgh, this production by American company The Ricochet Project has been dazzling critics and audiences with its mind-bending blend of intimate acrobatics. An undercurrent of poetic lyricism, focusing on the human search for happiness within a capitalist society, underpins this stripped-back, slow-burning show.

Razzle-dazzling its way into Bradford is Chicago, at Bradford Alhambra on Saturday 9th April at 14:30. Seductive and satirical, this star-studded production features John Partridge (Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express) as sharp, slick Billy Flynn, Hayley Tramaddon (Dancing on Ice, Emmerdale, Coronation Street) as sweet-seeming, fame-hungry Roxie Hart and Sam Bailey (X Factor winner and real life prison warden) as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, queen in the cells of sin.

Hairspray

Next it’s fun, feel-good classic Hairspray, at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Wednesday 13th April at 19:30. You can’t stop the beat in Baltimore, where the uncompromising Tracy Turnblad’s foray into national television becomes a mission to establish racial equality – whilst looking fabulous, throwing shapes and bagging herself her own teen heartthrob too! Starring Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Chicago) as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan (Blue Peter, Tumble) and Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle.

2016 marks the 60th anniversary of John Osborne’s gritty, impassioned play Look Back in Anger, audio described on Thursday 14th April at 19:30 at the Bolton Octagon. Angry young men are at the forefront of this kitchen sink classic, which burst onto the stage in 1956, airing the frustrations of a disillusioned generation and piercing the middle-class bubble which had been the mainstay of British theatre. A claustrophobic, co-dependent relationship is the lens through which Osborne explores the increasingly apolitical, limited and limiting world of the 1950s.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is next at the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday 16th April at 13:30. This adventurous take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy sees the Royal Shakespeare Company collaborate with amateur theatre companies nation-wide: in Bradford, members of Leeds Arts Centre will play Bottom and the Mechanicals. In an enchanted forest, on a balmy midsummer’s night, four lovers discover that the course of true love never does run smooth

The Shepherd’s Life, a world premiere by James Rebanks, adapted by Chris Monks, makes its debut next at The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, audio described on Saturday April 16th at 14:00. Cutting through the idealisation of the Lake District to take a close and uncompromising look at the lives of real farmers, Rebanks’ passionate portrayal of Lakeland life topped The Sunday Times best-seller list. Dry, earthy wit permeates this story of a family’s connection to land that they have farmed for more than six hundred years, through shifting seasons and changing generations. This brand new production makes innovative use of film, puppetry and music, starring professional actors and members of the local community.

The Bodyguard

Sparkling, show-stopping musical The Bodyguard is next at Milton Keynes on Saturday 16th April at 19:30. Based on the blockbuster film, this romantic thriller charts the growing chemistry between a superstar and the bodyguard she hired to protect her, with X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke belting out Whitney Houston’s breath-taking array of hits in between. You’ll definitely want to dance with somebody! The Bodyguard is also audio described at Liverpool Empire on May 3, and at Leeds Grand on May 21st .

Mouse Trap

With over 26000 performances in London alone, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is back at Liverpool Empire with a 60th anniversary production on Thursday 21st April at 19:30. A group of people in a claustrophobic country house, blocked in on every side by thick snow, are terrified to realise that a murderer is amongst them… Dame Agatha is at her best in this spine-tingling, tantalisingly-paced, thriller, which stars Louise Jameson (Doctor Who, EastEnders, Doc Martin) as Mrs Boyle.

Tom: A Story of Tom Jones the Musical is swinging its way into the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday 23rd April at 14:30. Tracing the story of a Welsh boy in the Valleys with a big dream and a big voice to match, this feel-good musical is studded with hits such as It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, What’s New Pussycat?

Mama Mia

Dancing queens frolic against the background of the deep blue Greek sea in the ultimate crowd-pleaser Mamma Mia at the Bristol Hippodrome on Monday 25th April at 19:30. Sophie’s on a mission to find her long-lost father, so she brings her mother face to face with three old flames… Old emotions flare up and nostalgia rears its head, and it’s all set to the fabulous soundtrack of Abba’s greatest hits. This irresistible, feel-good musical has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide! Mama Mia will also be audio-described at Nottingham’s Concert Hall on June 21st.

A co-production between Oldham Coliseum and New Vic Theatre (Newcastle-under-Lyme) has resulted in foot-tapping new play Kiss Me Quickstep, audio described at the Oldham Coliseum on Wednesday 27th April at 19:30. The ballroom dancefloor is the backdrop for this story which explores the lives of dancers behind the showy smiles and sequins. Justin and Jodie have made it all the way to Blackpool’s national championships, with a few hiccups here and there, whilst Luka’s flown over from Russia especially and Samantha’s been training since she was a wee girl. But one foot wrong in this tense atmosphere and they might lose it all…

Finally this month in the theatre, Don Warrington MBE (Rising Damp, All My Sons, Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who) tackles the lead role in a new interpretation of King Lear at the Royal Exchange on Saturday April 30th at 13:30. Directed by Michael Buffong, Shakespeare’s renowned tragic tale sees sanity slipping and control disintegrating into chaos in ancient Britain. Family ties collapse and transform into bitter feuds, against the backdrop of a senseless and brutal natural world, which cannot be controlled.

Modern Japanese Design

In the Visual Arts, Modern Japanese design is the subject explored in the Henshaws tour of Manchester Art Gallery on Thursday 28th April at 10:30am. With a broad spectrum of design pieces on display, spanning ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, lighting and metalwork, this sleek exhibition explores the idiosyncrasies of Japanese and Japanese-influenced design, from an impressive array of designers including powerhouses such as Yoji Yamamoto, Kenzo and Issey Miyake.

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Spring has sprung!

So lovely to feel the sunshine for a few days!

There is plenty to choose from for your theatregoing over the next month.

End Game

Nothing is funnier than unhappiness in Endgame, Samuel Beckett’s darkly comic classic which is audio described at HOME in Manchester on Thursday 3rd March at 19:30pm. Director Dominic Hill confronts us with a bare, bleak and absurd world, whose dustbin-dwelling inhabitants seem unable to escape their incomprehensible surroundings. Starring David Neilson (best known as Coronation Street’s Roy Cropper) as chair-bound bully Hamm and Chris Gascoyne (Coronation Street’s Peter Barlow) as Clov, his unwilling yet obedient companion.

The black humour continues with I Am Thomas at The Lowry, on Saturday 5th March at 14:30. ‘A brutal comedy with songs’, this provocative piece of musical theatre is a collaboration between poet Simon Armitage, Told by an Idiot, National Theatre Scotland and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. It’s Edinburgh, 1696, and we are about to witness the last blasphemy-based execution in Britain… student Thomas Aikenhead’s loudly-voiced opinions might just get him into trouble. I Am Thomas is performed with an original live score.

Lord of the Flies

William Golding’s desert island subversive scramble for survival, The Lord of the Flies, is up next, also on Saturday 5th March at the Bradford Alhambra at 14:30. Direct from London’s Regent’s Park Theatre, the story charts the nightmarish unfolding of events when a group of schoolboys are left stranded on a desert island after a plane crash. By exploring the tension and conflict in their relationships, Golding grapples with morality, groupthink and the will to power.

Annie

Anne does Annie next at the Liverpool Empire on Thursday 10th March at 19:30. It’s a fabulous production of the well loved story. At the Municipal Girls Orphanage, New York, 1930s, brave Annie escapes her miserable circumstances and, whilst searching for her parents, her luck changes – but not without a fight from Miss Hannigan, the horror. Featuring classic songs such as Hard Knock Life, I Don’t Need Anything But You and Tomorrow.

A collaboration between DaDaFest, the pioneering disability arts company, and Turf Love gives us Unsung at the Liverpool Everyman on Friday 11th March at 19:30 and Saturday 12th March at 14:30. Taking as its inspiration Edward Rushton, forward-thinking blind Liverpool abolitionist, poet and human rights campaigner, Unsung navigates the shifting tides in the story of Edward, a Liverpudlian boy whose best friend, a former African slave, drowns at sea whilst saving Edward’s life.

Matisse

Also on Saturday 12th March, Disability Access Day, between 11am-12pm is an audio described tour of the Matisse Exhibition at the Tate Liverpool. This includes a rare chance to experience Matisse’s The Snail (1953) outside of London – the work will not tour again due to its delicacy. 50 years of Matisse’s work will be displayed alongside: portraiture, landscape, still life, sculpture and painting.

Husbands and Sons

Also on Saturday 12th March, celebrating Disability Access Day in Manchester, is Husbands and Sons at the Royal Exchange at 13:30. Marianne Elliott (War Horse, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) directs Ben Power’s adaptation of the works of D.H. Lawrence in a National Theatre co-production. Set in Eastwood, on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Lawrence’s play evokes and pays tribute to the now-vanished world of miners and mining families. Through the unfolding of three stories, the play explores working class family lives, complexities and tension in the domestic sphere, and the hardship encountered by women at the heart of these relationships.

Chicago

Razzle-dazzling its way into Milton Keynes is Chicago, at Milton Keynes Theatre on Thursday 17th March at 19:30. Seductive and satirical, this star-studded production features John Partridge (Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express) as sharp, slick Billy Flynn, Hayley Tramaddon (Dancing on Ice, Emmerdale, Coronation Street) as sweet-seeming, fame-hungry Roxie Hart and Sam Bailey (X Factor winner and real life prison warden) as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton, queen in the cells of sin.

Another classic, Richard O’ Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, is bursting onto the stage next at the Bradford Alhambra on Friday 18th March at 17:00. This brand new production marks the 40th anniversary of Rocky Horror, which has been performed in over 30 countries and translated into more than 20 languages! A young couple whose car has broken down stop for help at a castle filled with rather extraordinary inhabitants… Dig out your heels and suspenders and get ready to do the Timewarp (again!) with Diana Vickers (X Factor, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) as Janet Weiss, Ben Freeman as Brad Majors (Emmerdale’s Scott Windsor), Paul Cattermole (S Club 7) as Eddie/Dr Scott and Liam Tamne (The Voice) as the fabulously freaky Frank n Furter.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre and New Vic Theatre have proudly procured the exclusive UK rights for a brand new production, Our Gracie, audio described at Oldham Coliseum Saturday 19th March at 14:30. Writer Philip Goulding (Wake up Little Suzie!, The Road to Nab End) explores the legendary life of Rochdale’s biggest celeb, Gracie Fields (played by Sue Devaney), from her humble origins above a chip shop to her wild popularity in music halls and movies, which was such that Hitler declared her an enemy of the Third Reich!

If you missed Chicago or Annie earlier in the month, fear not: Chicago will be described again at the Palace Theatre Manchester on Tuesday 22nd March at 19:30 and Annie will be described again at the Royal Centre Nottingham on Wednesday March 23rd at 19:30.

Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis

It’s back to Bolton for Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis at the Octagon Bolton Thursday 24th March at 19:30. Charlotte Jones’s original comedy sees ageing dominatrix Josie, her daughter Brenda-Marie, meticulous cleaner Martha, Mr Sheen, a somewhat under-rehearsed Chinese Elvis impersonator, and Lionel, one of Josie’s kinky customers, come together to celebrate Josie’s 50th birthday. Blending hilariously bizarre moments with touching poignancy, this idiosyncratic play celebrates the quirks and potential in us all, even and especially the misfits.

Hairspray

Finishing off March is fun, feel-good classic Hairspray, at the Theatre Royal Norwich on Wednesday 30th March at 14:30. You can’t stop the beat in Baltimore, where the uncompromising Tracy Turnblad’s foray into national television becomes a mission to establish racial equality – whilst looking fabulous, throwing shapes and bagging herself her own teen heartthrob too! Starring Tony Maudsley (ITV1’s Benidorm) as Edna Turnblad, Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita, Chicago) as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan (Blue Peter, Tumble) and Brenda Edwards (Chicago, We Will Rock You, X Factor) as Motormouth Maybelle.

Another highlight in March is the National Conference organised by the Audio Description Association, and the RNIB, on Growing Audiences for Audio Description. Anne Hornsby has been instrumental in organising this major event, which is now sold out. Arts venues and organisations from around the UK and Ireland will be discussing with blind and partially sighted audiences how to make visits more enjoyable and to encourage more people to take advantage of the services offered.

And just a reminder to book early for Billy Elliot in Bradford, Manchester and Bristol as places are limited.

To keep up to date do visit the Calendar on the Events page as new shows are being added all the time!

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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FEBRUARY MIND’S EYE NEWS

Hopefully we are just in time to wish you a very Happy New Year! It was great to welcome lots of people along for the festive shows, and especially to see so many children at the described performances!

We’re straight back into plays in February, which kicks off with Northern classic TWO by Jim Cartwright, performed in his hometown, at the Bolton Octagon on Tuesday 2nd February at 19.30. Over the course of one night, we pull up a stool in a quintessentially Northern pub, and witness an array of characters, all with their own idiosyncrasies; all with their own hopes, fears, memories, dreams and stories to tell. As the evening draws on, and the pub door swings open, amidst the drunken comings and goings we get flashes of intimate insight into the characters’ inner lives. By turns tender, funny, and profound, David Thacker’s production of this classic is sure to resonate beyond last orders.

Following TWO is the world premiere of the brand new TWO 2, audio described on Tuesday 16th Feb at 19.30. It’s the same pub and the same regulars, somehow still standing years down the line. Bickering as they pull the pints, the Landlord and Landlady bitterly attempt to keep it together in the face of their increasingly deserted, dusty bar. But given the chance, can either of them turn their backs on the small empire that they have built together?

MacBeth

It’s time to go HOME on Thursday 4th February (19:30) at HOME Manchester, to catch a new, much-hyped production of Shakespeare’s twisted classic, MACBETH. Director Carrie Cracknell and choreographer Lucy Guerin intersperse striking, bold choreography and iambic pentameter in a monochrome, murderous world. Ambitious and eerie, something wicked this way comes in this Young Vic, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and HOME co-production.

Starring much-loved Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Cucumber), the Pulitzer-prize winning WIT by Margaret Edson is up next at the Royal Exchange Manchester, Sat, 6 February, 14:30. Director Raz Shaw navigates us through the story of Vivian, a knife-sharp academic who is now bed-bound due to an increasingly aggressive illness. WIT is a sharp, funny and moving mediation on life’s fragility and unpredictability.

Shrek

Next up are a trio of show-stoppers: CATS by Andrew-Lloyd Webber (Manchester Opera House, Weds 10th Feb, 19:30), LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE (Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, Thurs 11th Feb, 19:30) and family favourite SHREK (Lowry, Salford, Sat, 13 February, 14:00). Whether you’re frolicking with the Jellicle cats, boogying with the Hoff in Ibiza, or joining Shrek and Donkey on a magical adventure, you’re bound to have fun at these dazzling productions.

Mary Poppins

MARY POPPINS flies in to Manchester for an audio described visit on Wed, 17 February, 19:30. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Join us for a magical and memorable journey on the rooftops of London with the Banks family, Bert, and of course Mary Poppins (played by Zizi Strallen). Adapted by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and with fresh choreography by the legendary Matthew Bourne OBE, this lively production will delight children and adults alike.

The music continues with JERSEY BOYS, the spectacular story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Sat 20th February at 14:30. Winner of 57 major awards, packed with hits, and seen by more than 20 million people. Also on Sat 20th February (14:30), at the Bradford Alhambra, THE SOUND OF MUSIC is back with a new staging, starring The Voice favourite, Lucy O’Byrne as Maria. She’s joined by Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street) as Captain Von Trapp in an exciting new production of this classic romance, with its iconic score.

Pitmen Painters

If you liked Billy Elliot, head to the Oldham Coliseum on Sat, 27 February, 14:30 for (Billy Elliot writer) Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS. Based on the story of the Ashington Group, the play tells of a group of Northumberland miners who develop an appreciation for art and a love for painting. Posing big questions about social mobility, art and education, yet sparkling with humour, wit and indignation throughout, Kevin Shaw’s production of this classic is a provocative and entertaining night out.

And if you would like to attend an audio description of Billy Elliot, The Musical, audio descriptions are at Bradford on 9 June, Bristol on 17 November and Manchester on 16 January.

Stop Press! Just confirmed is an audio described tour around the Right Here, Right Now, Digital Art Exhibition at The Lowry, on Saturday 13 February at 11am. If you’re coming to Shrek later on that day, you might like to call in to the Galleries that morning.

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