New term, new shows!
Audio description news for September 2017
This month kicks off with the brilliant, barmy and totally bonkers show The Royal at The Royal Court in Liverpool, where reporters and celebrities are waiting outside the brand new Royal Liverpool University Hospital on the day that it is set to open its doors. The wards are ready; the machines are plugged in, and all of the patients have been moved across. Well, nearly all of them… The audio described performance takes place on Wednesday, 6 September at 7.30. Book early for this madcap comedy and remember that if you wish to use the Mobile Connect system on your phone, it’s a good idea to download it before you come to the theatre.
In the same week your chuckle muscles could be positively aching at the glorious lunacy that is Lip Service. The audio described performance of Lip Service’s Mr. Darcy Loses The Plot is at The Lowry on Saturday, 9 September at 2.30. Again Mobile Connect is available if you choose to make use of it to listen.
Have the time of your life with the ultimate live experience; Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on stage, when it comes to Venue Cymru. Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than before in this all new production. The audio described performance will be on Friday, 15 September at 5.00.
The following day presents you with two great audio described performances to pick from. You can catch Handbagged at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick at 2.00, or Beautiful, The Carole King Musical at the Bradford Alhambra at 2.30. Handbagged brings together two powerful women for a series of meetings – what did happen when Margaret Thatcher had her audiences with the Queen?
Beautiful, the Olivier award-winning West End show, opens its UK tour in Bradford. There will be audio described shows at several venues on tour, but if you want to be the first to catch it, come to Bradford!
There are two audio described performances taking place the week after. Rita, Sue And Bob Too is on Tuesday, 19 September at 7.30 at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. This semi-autobiographical play, written by Andrea Dunbar when she was 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure
On Thursday, 21 September at 7.30, pack up your troubles with Joan Littlewood’s critically acclaimed satirical First World War musical, Oh What A Lovely War! at the Oldham Coliseum. Performed as an end of pier show by a troupe of Pierrot entertainers, this show relives the horror and dark humour of the First World War through song and dance.
Finally, to bring the month to a close, there are two fantastic audio described performances on Saturday, 30 September. Starring Strictly Come Dancing Champion, Joanne Clifton, and A1 heartthrob, Ben Adams, Flashdance The Musical takes place at the Regent Theatre, Stoke, at 2.00. This is the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex, a determined welder, who dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Prepare to be blown away by an astonishing musical spectacle with phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hits Maniac, Gloria, I Love Rock & Roll and of course the sensational title track Flashdance... What a Feeling! Sparks will fly and you’ll dance like you’ve never danced before!
A bona fide American classic, Our Town, is on at the Royal Exchange Theatre at 2.30. Rich with detail and shot through with a distinctive mix of light and shade, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning small-town epic of human existence, remains as theatrically fresh and as topical as ever: Our Town, but also, unmistakably, yours.
For those interested in Audio Description, you might like to consider joining the Audio Description Association, which promotes quality audio description at cultural organisations across the country. All are welcome for our AGM in London on 26 September. The AGM will be followed by an afternoon workshop, examining recorded, as opposed to live, description in theatres and museums. For more information please contact: email@example.com
We hope you have had a lovely Summer and look forward to welcoming you to a performance soon!