AN AUDIO DESCRIBED SUMMER..
The Summer season presents you with a wide array of audio described shows for you to choose from.
To start with, Bread and Roses will be audio described at the Oldham Coliseum on Wednesday, 4 July at 7:30. An exciting uplifting new play stuffed full of songs and laughs, heart and soul; telling the gripping real life story of the huge mill-workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA in 1912. 20,000 workers originating from all corners of the globe, led mainly by the female workforce who fought not just for the bread for their daily existence, but also for the roses in order to live a full life - a fight that resonates and continues to this day. Written by Ian Kershaw (award winning television and theatre writer, whose plays include Star-Cross’d for the Coliseum), Bread & Roses features a mix of real and imagined characters.
The story of Lucy-Rose Atkins as she navigates the strike, facing love, loss, lies and deceit, using her quick wit, impassioned heart and fierce intelligence to undertake a journey from unskilled worker to impassioned leader. The strike was also famously known as ‘The Singing Strike’ and Bread & Roses uses songs from the time of the strike – mainly from the influential songwriter Joe Hill (who inspired countless other rebel voices from Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg). These are the songs that rouse rabbles, shake houses and lift roofs as Lucy-Rose Atkins leads her workers in their fight of their lives - a fight, not just for bread, but for roses too!
Described as “spine-tingling, a scintillating revival” (The Stage), Stephen Sondheim’s stunning tour de force of a musical, A Little Night Music, is being audio described at the Storyhouse Chester, on Sunday, 8 July at 2:15. Spouses, exes, mismatches and misunderstandings.
The story explores the tangled web of affairs around an actress and the men who love her. Anne is married to Fredrik, who still loves Desiree, who is sleeping with Count Carl-Magnus, who is married to Charlotte, who’s friends with Anne. It doesn’t stay that way – be prepared for a night of glorious musical comedy. Witty, heartbreakingly moving and full of adoration, regret and desire.
Mamma Mia! will be audio described at the Palace Theatre Manchester on Thursday, 12 July at 7:30 – the only chance to catch this show before it goes off on its international tour. Dig out your lycra and platforms and join the party!
On Friday, 13 July, An Officer & A Gentleman is being audio described at 7:30 at the Milton Keynes Theatre. You can also catch it on 8 September at the Bradford Alhambra at 2:30. It’s the show that will sweep you off your feet! Queens of the Coal Age will be audio described on Saturday, 14 July at the Royal Exchange Manchester.
“WE ARE WOMEN AGAINST PIT CLOSURES AND WE’RE OCCUPYING THIS PIT”.
Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It’s 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they’re not giving up. Their bras stuffed with contraband, they take a tour of the pit and refuse to come up. Settling into the depths of the mine, making tissue roses and walking imaginary dogs, they face bribery and threats. But as they dig in, those up top start to realise these ladies are not for turning. This is the heart-warming and funny true story of four women taking a stand in the face of a changing world.
You can catch Young DaDaFest on Thursday, 19 July at 6:30 at the Everyman Theatre Liverpool, where the young people showcase their many skills.
On Wednesday, 25 July at 8:00, at Liverpool’s Royal Court, it’s Mamma Mia again, no sorry, that Mam I’m “Ere!.
The brilliantly funny smash hit disco musical will take The Court by storm. Sally was left on her Dad’s doorstep one cold and windy Liverpool night.. 25 years later and she has met the love of her life on her Dad’s failing Disco holiday campsite in Wales. There is just one person missing from her wedding plans – her Mam. After teasing out stories from her Dad's best mates she narrows her search down to three very different women from his past. Believing they’ve won a glamorous mini-break away, the three unsuspecting Mums find themselves walking into a creaky caravan park, greeted by an old flame some of them would rather forget, and right into her trap.
Starring some of Liverpool’s favourite theatre faces, Life In Theatre Productions and The Royal Court Theatre proudly present the return of the smash hit comedy. Packed with hit after hit from the 1970s (but definitely no Abba) this show will have you dancing in the aisles. So Get Down and Celebrate Good Times in this Disco Boogie Wonderland!
On Saturday, 28 July, our big green ogre, Shrek pop up at the Milton Keynes Theatre, and also on that date is the first Mind’s Eye Audio Description of Titanic the Musical at the Bradford Alhambra. Both are at 2:30, and if you miss Shrek this time, you can catch it again at Venue Cymru at 7:00.
Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in the glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks' What the Ladybird Heard, audio described at 2:00 at the Lowry on Thursday, 16 August. Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs,, come and take part in this colourful farmyard adventure! Those too little for audio description will love the touch tour!
Ending the month is the fantastic musical Miss Saigon, being audio described on Wednesday, 29 August at 2:30 in Norwich.
Kicking off September, on Saturday 1st, are three terrific musicals all audio described at 2:30. You can choose between Calendar Girls at the Leeds Grand, Fame at the Bradford Alhambra, or Jersey Boys at the Wolverhampton Grand. Also being audio described on this date, is Alan Bennett’s Olivier Award winning comedy masterpiece, Single Spies, at the Theatre by the Lake at 2:00.
The play uncovers the true stories behind two notorious spies. Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt were members of the infamous Cambridge Spies. This compelling double bill, set in both Moscow and London, chronicles their extraordinary lives: secret identities, police interrogations, and encounters with the Queen. In An Englishman Abroad, double agent Guy Burgess has defected to the Soviets and is living in Moscow. But when he’s visited by the actress Coral Browne, Burgess entrusts her with a top secret mission of her own.. As A Question of Attribution shows, there was nobody Sir Anthony Blunt didn’t know. As Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, he was on friendly terms with Her Majesty. But with an art forgery on his hands and a policeman in his office, Blunt’s latest trip to Buckingham Palace is looking awkward… These witty comedies are as fascinating as they are funny.
So, with many fantastic performances going on, Mind’s Eye looks forward to welcoming you to one (or more) of them soon!