Seeing you Through September
The world premiere of a brand new musical, based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, An Officer and a Gentleman will be audio described at the Bradford Alhambra on Saturday, 8 September at 14:30.
Its feel-good soundtrack includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong, along with many 80s classic anthems including Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Livin’ On A Prayer, Heart of Glass, Material Girl, Don’t Cry Out Loud, I Was Made for Lovin’ You, and The Final Countdown.
Zack Mayo is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. He rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, and drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki, and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship, and finds the courage to be himself, and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become an Officer and a Gentleman.
With direction by Nikolai Foster (Artistic Director Curve, Annie, Calamity Jane), choreography by Kate Prince (Into The Hoods, ZooNation) and musical supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Sweeney Todd, Sister Act), this inspiring, breathtakingly romantic musical celebrates triumph over adversity and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen. Let Love Lift You Up where you belong! Cast includes West End favourites Jonny Fines (Annie), Ray Shell (Starlight Express), and Olivier Award nominee Emma Williams (Half A Sixpence). Please be advised this show contains themes of an adult nature and strong language.
Bouncers is being audio described at the Royal Court Theatre Liverpool on Wednesday, 12 September at 20:00. After a massively successful sell-out run in the Studio, Boisterous Theatre Company are set to tear up the Court’s main stage in a revamped production of the John Godber award- winning classic about a team of Bouncers, now known as Door Supervisors.
With their compulsory security training badges stuck firmly on their sleeves, wired up with digital headsets linked back to ‘control’, our 21st century Door Supervisors face the nightly tension of what they’ve been trained to do – customer service - and what their common sense is telling them to do – sort it out quickly. With a cast who can move to the pulsating, up to the minute soundtrack and sing pitch perfect vocals to contemporary tunes, Bouncers thrusts us full on into a night out with all the fun and laughter, tears and tension of people trying to enjoy themselves as they go “out out” into the city hoping for fun, love or simply to lose themselves on their once a week, full on free for all. Ralph, Les, Judd and Lucky Eric see it all and hear it all. Tonight they are going to tell you all. Advisory 16+ some strong language.
On Tuesday, 18 September, The Lowry presents an audio described performance of EARLY DOORS, Britain’s best loved pub sitcom, at 19:30. Commissioned by leading West End producer Philip McIntyre, to adapt their award winning television series for the stage, Craig Cash and Phil Mealey have written a brand new story featuring the same hilarious characters. The Grapes Pub will reopen its doors for a limited season in a not-to-be-missed night of fun and laughter. Ken’s got love on his mind, but will barmaid, Tanya, ring the landlord’s bell? Old Tommy would play Cupid - if only he didn’t have IBS (Irritable Bugger’s Syndrome). Crime is on the rise but fear not, as local cops Phil and Nige are getting stuck in... to a couple of pints in the back room. After all, “Crime can’t crack itself.” All of this and much, much more!.
Craig Cash and Phil Mealey said: “Writing Early Doors again has been a joy and we’re really excited by the results. Putting it on stage for the first time ever will be a huge thrill. One that we hope you will come along and share.” Starring Craig Cash, Phil Mealey, John Henshaw, Joan Kempson, James Quinn, Lisa Millett, Judith Barker and more to be confirmed. To the regiment! Don’t just wish you were there - make sure of it!
NB TICKETS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE FOR THOSE USING THE AUDIO DESCRIPTION AND FOR THEIR ESSENTIAL COMPANIONS.
Theatre by the Lake has an audio described performance of Jeeves And Wooster on Thursday, 20 September at 14:00. “Man and boy, Jeeves, I have been in some tough spots in my time, but this one wins the mottled oyster.”
Join aristocratic man about town Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet Jeeves, for a weekend away at a country house. When Wooster is called on to play matchmaker and inadvertently steals an antique silver cow-creamer (don’t ask), the ever dependable Jeeves is on hand to step in and save Bertie’s bacon. Three actors play a multitude of characters in this inventive and totally bonkers send-up of P.G. Wodehouse’s iconic double act, which won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
SHREK The Musical is being audio described at the Nottingham Theatre Royal on Saturday, 22 September at 14:30, and the week after on Wednesday, 26 September at 19:30, you can catch the audio described performance of Shakespeare’s Othello And Macbeth at HOME.
At the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Lip Service’s Withering Looks is being audio described at 14:30. This show takes an “authentic” look at the lives and works of the Brontë sisters – well, two of them actually, Anne’s just popped out for a cup of sugar. Peopled with many of the characters we know and love, Maggie and Sue move effortlessly from frock to frock coat. Withering Looks won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award and the Critics’ award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival.
Lip Service fans might like to know that Withering Looks is also being described on October 19 at Oldham Coliseum and that on September 18th at Oldham Library and October 11 in Salford, their latest work-in-progress, Strangers on a Train Set will be described too. For more details of the Oldham event please visit www.oldham-council.co.uk/libevent/events
Generator, an audio described event is taking place on Friday, 28 September at 19:30 at the Tramshed, London. The new performance event features short scratch pieces from young artists, alongside a work-in-progress of George by resident company Contingency Theatre, and a headline set by Shirley & Shirley. All performances will be audio described / accessible for visually impaired audiences.
Sasha & Kitty, Dan de la Motte, Aidan Strudwick and Lucy Hayward will all share short pieces of work they are currently developing. There will be an opportunity to give your feedback to the artists.
Contingency Theatre present a work-in-progress of their new piece, George – currently being developed through a Progression residency at The Tramshed. The performance explores ambition, escapism and mental health, through physical theatre, clowning and a live soundtrack.
The evening features a guest performance by successful sketch duo, Shirley & Shirley, who have been performing their unique brand of comedy throughout the UK for a decade. From dive bars to 1,000-seater theatres, they have performed throughout the UK, including six Edinburgh Festivals, as well as in Los Angeles. ‘A riot of silliness, lovingly and confidently honed into a show that shouldn’t be missed.‘(Three Weeks)
If you are a young / emerging artist and would be interested in performing at the next Generator night (February 2019), then visit the website or join Progression - www.glypt.co.uk/progression
There are three audio described performances taking place on Saturday, 29 September, all showing at 14:30.
ITV's smash comedy, Benidorm Live, is on at the Regent Theatre Stoke. See your favourite stars from the Solana Hotel live on stage for a hilarious trip to Benidorm that you won’t want to miss!
Created with original Shakespeare text, Jeanie O’Hare retells the wars of the roses through the eyes of the extraordinary Margaret of Anjou in Queen Margaret, at the Royal Exchange. “This lady excelled all others, as well in beauty and favour, as in wit and policy, and was of stomach more like a man than a woman” (Holinshed Chronicles 1577)
Hungry for power and angered by their King, the men of Henry VI’s court plot and scheme against each other. As the King wavers and the factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to hold on to power and protect the crown that will one day belong to her son.
Elizabeth Freestone directs this captivating exploration of an iconic moment of British history, from the viewpoint of this dangerous and thrilling woman.
From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, at the Wolverhampton Grand. When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! It is an amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie!
With a month packed full of great productions, Mind’s Eye look forward to welcoming you a performance soon!