OCTOBER NEWS FROM MIND’S EYE
Come along to some fantastic musicals and shows this October, - you have an array of audio described performances to choose from.
First on the list is the audio described performance of the smash hit Broadway and West End Musical Legally Blonde at the Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday, the 4th at 7.30. Starring Rita Simons (best known for playing
Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s Eastenders) as Paulette Bonafonte, Lucie Jones (who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Never Give Up On You') as Elle Woods and Bill Ward (best known for his work on two of the country’s
leading soaps, Emmerdale and Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan.
Based on the much-loved movie, the story follows beautiful and popular sorority sister Elle Woods who loves to be pampered and is passionate about pink. When she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntingdon III, for a more serious
girlfriend she puts down the credit cards and picks up the books. Packing up her trusty pooch, Bruiser, she bags herself a place at the prestigious Harvard Law School to try and win him back. This all singing, all dancing romantic
comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today!
The first venue outside London to present People, Places and Things, is the Home theatre in Manchester, with audio description on Saturday, the 7th at 2pm. This is an intoxicating play about surviving in the modern
world. Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough
to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up? You will have to catch this bold, timely and searching play to find out.
On Thursday, the 12th, don’t miss the audio described performance of Up ‘N’ Under at the Oldham Coliseum at 7.30. This riotously funny play brings the fanatical world of amateur rugby league up, close and personal
The Cobblers Arms has never once been beaten in Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League Seven-A-Side Tournament. But Arthur Hoyle thinks he can change the Cobblers’ winning streak with a new crack team of players. In fact, he stakes
his house on it a bet with the local Mister Big, Reg Welsh. Trouble is Arthur’s team is more cracked than crack. Loved by audiences and critics alike, the comedy won the Olivier Comedy of the Year Award in 1984 and gets a timely
You are spoilt for choice on Saturday, the 14th, as there are three great shows taking place. A vibrant new production of Shakespeare's irresistible comedy, As You Like It, is on at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Set in the modern world of fake news and paranoid leaders, the young Rosalind and her friend Celia find themselves pawns in a power struggle. Together they decide to leave the city for the forest, where they discover a rural
wonderland of peace and harmony. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind meets Orlando and, amidst the intoxicating atmosphere of this other world, teaches him the art of love. Whether or not you're a Shakespeare fan or have never seen
one of his plays before, this joyous show - featuring live music and all the colour, fun and energy of a summer festival – has something for all ages to enjoy. You can catch the audio described performance at 2.00.
At 2.30, there is an audio described performance of Son of a Preacher Man, at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. Featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield, including "The Look Of Love", "I Only Want To Be With You", "Spooky" and
of course, the classic "Son Of A Preacher Man", this sparklingly funny and sweetly touching new musical play by internationally-renowned writer Warner Brown will have you laughing, crying and singing your heart
out to some of the greatest songs ever written.
Directed and choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood and starring Diana Vickers (Little Voice, Rocky Horror Show, The X Factor), Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show, Bad Girls, Coronation Street) and Ian
Reddington (Benidorm, Shameless, Robin Hood). So you know just what to do with yourself – book your tickets now!
As if that wasn’t enough, the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford takes on the audio described production of Grease at 3.00. It’s time to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and come along to the biggest
party in Bradford as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again.
Tom Parker, from the UK’s top boy band THE WANTED, is to star in his first ever theatrical role as ‘bad boy’ Danny in GREASE! Also starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ & Strictly Come Dancing’s
Louisa Lytton as Rizzo.
Grease is the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased
Lightnin’ and many more.
So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!’
If you missed it in Bradford, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the Olivier award-winning West End show is coming to Nottingham as part of its first ever UK tour! You can catch the audio described production
on Thursday, the 19th at 7.30 at The Theatre Royal.
The day after, on the 20th, it’s the audio described performance of the world premiere of Blackout, at the Dukes Theatre in Lancaster. Everyone in Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area has a story to tell
about how Storm Desmond affected them. This show tells the story of communities, families and individuals affected by the power outage and floods during this terrible event that devastated a city but united a community.
To end the month, you can catch two brilliant shows. On Friday, the 27th, there is an audio described performance of The Band at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford at 5.00. For five 16 year old girls in 1992, the
band is everything. Twenty-five years on, we are reunited with this group of friends as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes. Featuring the music of Take That, Britain’s most successful boy-band
of all time, whose songs include Never Forget, Back For Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire, Shine & Rule the World, the show stars the winners from the BBC’s Let it Shine, Five to Five.
The Band is now the fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time. Don’t miss your chance to see this breathtaking brand new production first before it hits London’s West End
Finally, on Saturday, the 28th, is the audio described performance of Parliament Square at 2.30, at the Royal Exchange Theatre. How far would you go for what you believe in?”
Kat gets up one morning, leaves her family behind, and travels to London to carry out an act that will change her life and, she hopes, everyone else’s. But what are the real consequences? James Fritz’s searingly powerful play won
a Judges Award in the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. Raw, disturbing and compassionate, it forces a confrontation with some of the most urgent questions we face. What can one individual do to effect change? And where
do we choose to draw the line between absolute commitment and dangerous obsession?
With a wide variety of dazzling and spectacular shows to watch, Mind’s Eye looks forward to welcoming you to these wonderful productions!
Also this month, Mind’s Eye Director, Anne Hornsby will be visiting Belfast to carrying out training in Audio Description for staff in museums and galleries, and she will be running workshops for the SEND Conference for the museum
and gallery network, held at the Museum of London. She will be giving a presentation at the Enhancing Audio Description Conference at York University on October 15, on Audio Description as part of the Creative Process in Contemporary
Anne and her team hope to see you soon!