Kicking off this month with a blast, the Alhambra Theatre brings you the audio described performance of the smash-hit ITV comedy Benidorm Live, on Saturday, 3 November at 2:30. This award-winning show celebrates over a decade of all-inclusive hilarity, having followed the ensemble cast of holiday makers and staff for ten series since it first broadcast in 2007. Litten has now written an all new set of Alicante escapades for the much-loved cast members as they swap sangria for the stage - after a quick spruce up at the Blow ‘n’ Go! Book now for a dose of BENIDORM sunshine and see your favourite stars from the Solana live on stage for the very first time! If you miss it, there are two more audio described performances of this at the Liverpool Empire on Thursday, 15 November at 7:30 and on Thursday, 29 November at the Manchester Palace at 7:30.
At the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton on Thursday, 8 November at 7:30, you can catch the audio described performance of Finding Joy. Joy is 83 today: she’s feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead? Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning Finding Joy has performed to audiences across Europe and the UK, including a successful run at Assembly for Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize For Drama and Tony Award for Best Play (considered one of the greatest plays of the 20th century), Death of a Salesman is being audio described at the Royal Exchange on Saturday, 10 November at 2:30. “Work a lifetime to pay off a house. You finally own it, and there’s nobody to live in it.” Willy Loman is an ordinary man, he’s the New England man, he’s well-liked. For thirty-six years he’s been on the road, paying his way and one day he’s going to come good. When his son Biff returns home, suddenly things are looking up. Because you reap what you sow, right? Don Warrington (Death in Paradise, King Lear) plays Willy Loman in this extraordinary and devastating classic about the downfall of the American Dream.
Following a smash-hit 2017 run in London, Nativity The Musical embarks on a UK tour this festive season, before returning to London for Christmas! You can attend the audio described performance at the Milton Keynes Theatre on Sunday, 18 November at 1:00. Feel-good, funny and full of yuletide joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films. Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’re attempting to mount a musical version! Only trouble is teacher Mr Maddens has promised that a Hollywood producer is coming to see the show to turn it into a film. Join him, his teaching assistant, the crazy Mr Poppy, hilarious children and a whole lot of sparkle and shine as they struggle to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long hits from the movies including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth, One Night One Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and a whole host of new songs filled with the spirit of Christmas, Nativity The Musical is the must see show this festive season! Cast includes West End favourite Simon Lipkin as he reprises his role as Mr Poppy, Scott Garnham (Billy Elliot The Musical) and Ashleigh Gray (Wicked). Book now and join us for some MAYHEM in Bethlehem! This show will also be audio described on 8 December at 2.30pm at The Regent Theatre, Stoke.
On Saturday, 24 November at 2:30, there is an audio described production of Saturday Night Fever at the Alhambra Theatre. Whilst paying homage to the 1977 John Travolta classic, this new stage version promises more drama, more music and hot new choreography, which is sure to have audiences on their feet and dancing the night away! Saturday Night Fever tells the story of Tony Manero, and his reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success. It features the Bee Gees greatest hits including Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, Tragedy and More Than a Woman as well as 70’s favourites Boogie Shoes, Disco Inferno and many more. Please note this show contains adult themes and strong language.
If you missed it in Wolverhampton last month, the audio described performance of Kinky Boots will be strutting into the Opera House Manchester on Wednesday, 28 November at 7:30. Early booking recommended!
Also in Manchester on Friday, 30 November at 7:30, there will be an audio described performance of The Maids at HOME. Two sisters, Clare and Solange, live and work as maids in a grand house in a French city. When the mistress is out, they play an obsessive game of role-play in which one of the sisters dresses up in the fine clothes belonging to the mistress. Acting out the power structures, which define their lives, with great theatricality, the sisters expose a complex relationship of violence, submission, tenderness and erotic tension. As the line between make believe and reality becomes increasingly distorted, it becomes clear that the aim of the game is to murder their mistress. Keeping with the theme of radical theatre, for the first time in HOME history, the theatre have ripped out the seats and built a brand-new, in-the- round auditorium. Audiences will be able to sit both on and off the stage in a specially built seating area. This performance of The Maids will be followed by a post-show Q&A chaired by Dr Jason Hartford, Lecturer in French Studies at the University of Manchester. Jason Hartford writes on modern fiction from France and Belgium, queer theory, and interpretations of religious figures, especially icons, in secular culture. His current research interests include psychoanalysis and cinema, fin-de-siècle science fiction, and the relation of modern French thought to other disciplines. He has also acted in Les Bonnes.
Also this month, it’s DADAFEST – the Disability and Deaf Arts Festival in Liverpool There’s something on nearly every day with exhibitions, stand-up, Drag Cabaret, Burlesque, theatre and comedy being audio-described. Check the Mind’s Eye calendar for details, and the website www.dadafest.co.uk where you can contact Dada directly.
We look forward to welcoming you to a show soon!