• Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye
  • Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye
  • Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye
  • Anne Hornsby | Mind's Eye

Mind's Eye News 2019

Join Us For A Fabulous February!

Dirty Dancing is back! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing, this show will be audio described at the Alhambra Theatre on Saturday, 2 February at 15:00. Featuring 35 hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life. Don’t miss your chance to catch this sensational new production! Dirty Dancing will also be audio described at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Saturday 6 April at 14.30pm.

Directed by the BAFTA-winning Noreen Kershaw (Coronation Street, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), A Different Way Home will be audio described at 19:30 on Thursday, 7 February at the Oldham Coliseum. In this deeply moving, funny and astutely observed play, two monologues from a brother and sister living on the outskirts of Manchester tell a powerful story from two wildly different perspectives. Leslie, who has lived with his mother all his life, tells of the events leading up to her death, unwittingly revealing the extent of his loss and his bitterness towards his sister, Maureen. Feeling betrayed and rejected by her family, Maureen tells a different story of grief and isolation. The two powerful voices remind us of the need for families to communicate and for love to transcend prejudice. Both roles within the play will be taken by Coliseum favourite – Kenneth Alan Taylor.

Club Tropicana

Take a trip back to the electric 80s and embark on a summer of love and smash-hit classics, with the audio described performance of Club Tropicana at the Alhambra Theatre on Saturday, 9 February at 14:30. The star cast is led by Joe McElderry (X Factor winner, Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Neil McDermott (EastEnders, Eugenius!), Kate Robbins (Spitting Image, ITV’s The Imitation Game, Dinnerladies), Emily Tierney (Eugenius!, Wicked, The Wizard of Oz); and former Sugababe star Amelle Berrabah, making her musical theatre debut.

Welcome to the vibrant Club Tropicana Hotel - the 1980s answer to Love Island - where the drinks are free and the whole family is invited to join the ultimate holiday musical, celebrating all that we love about the 80s. The show is set to a soundtrack of some of the most iconic, chart-topping acts from the 80s, including ABC, Cyndi Lauper, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, a-ha, Culture Club, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Bucks Fizz and Depeche Mode; - experience their hits all performed live on stage. Club Tropicana - Your destination awaits!

More than 10,000 theatre-goers cheered when Jersey Boys made its sell-out premiere in Waterbury in October 2013. Worldwide, more than 24 million people have seen the show that made critics and audiences cheer. Jersey Boys is returning to the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and is being audio described on Tuesday, 12 February at 19:30. The show features the Frankie Valli's and Four Seasons’ hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, 'London's hottest musical' (Smooth Radio) Kinky Boots comes to Venue Cymru with the show being audio described on Wednesday, 13 February at 19:30. With songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), this 'dazzling, fabulously sassy and uplifting' (Time Out) musical celebrates a joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit, as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan! West End star Kayi Ushe will be putting on the boots to play Lola. He will be joined by Paula Lane as Lauren, best known for her role as Kylie Platt in Coronation Street, and Joel Harper-Jackson, who recently starred in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time UK tour, will be playing Charlie Price. It’s the ultimate fun night out for you and your loved ones, so book now and experience the energy, joy and laughter of this dazzling show. Don’t worry, if you miss it this time, it is being audio described again on Thursday, 21 February at New Theatre Oxford, at the Bristol Hippodrome on 6 March, at Liverpool Empire on 3 April, at Leeds Grand on 17 April, at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal on 6 June, at Bradford’s Alhambra on 26 October, and at Milton Keynes Theatre on 6 November.

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets will be audio described at Home, Manchester on Thursday, 14 February at 14:30. Welcome to the Bayou, a part of the city feared and loathed wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf… is always at the door. When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun? Seamlessly synchronising live music, performance and storytelling with stunning films and animation, this is the wickedly twisted international hit tale from the multiple award-winning company behind Golem, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and The Magic Flute. Like a giant novel bursting into life, 1927 invite you on a theatrical journey of startling originality.

The smash hit musical Rock of Ages is back in the UK, and is audio described at the Regent Theatre Stoke on Saturday, 16 February at 14:30. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true! This hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs, including We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band. Now a global smash with hit seasons on Broadway, London’s West End and Las Vegas and a star- studded Hollywood movie version, we promise you outrageous rock ‘n’ roll debauchery at the biggest party in town!

Yellow Brek Road

Gerry Linford (The Miracle Of Great Homer Street) returns with a brand new comedy that is out of this world! Yellow Brek Road is being audio described on Wednesday, 20 February at 20:00 at the Royal Court, Liverpool.

The Potters have always been happy in their Anfield home, times may have been tough but they can rely on each other. Dot’s turned 21 now and she wants more. Her mates are off to Ibiza but she needs to stay at home to look after her foul-mouthed Nan. It’s just not fair! As night falls beneath a magical full moon her world is turned upside down when a bump to the head sends her spinning away through time and space. She lands on the moon where she meets a host of familiar looking characters, including barmy Uncle Barry and the slimy sod who wants to sell their house from under them. Will she learn her lesson? There’s one thing for certain – there’s no place like home.

Mother Courage and her Children is presented at The Royal Exchange Manchester, in a sharp new version of Brecht's universally celebrated classic, by Anna Jordan, The audio description is on Saturday, 23 February at 14:30.

War rages over decades, but it’s business as usual for Mother Courage. She roams the grid from one army camp to another, her ragtag offspring in tow. Boots, beer, drugs, guns – anything a soldier desires can be bought from off the back of MC’s cart. She’s determined to turn conflict into capital. But what will it cost her? Julie Hesmondhalgh (THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES, WIT, BROADCHURCH) returns to the Royal Exchange as the tenacious Courage.

From the writer of Partition and the award-winning The Chef Show, Glory will be audio described at the Dukes Theatre on Wednesday, 27 February at 19:30.

Meet Dan, Ben and Sami. Three wrestlers compelled to climb over the ropes and into the ring to fight for glory. Three men wrestling with demons, life, each other. Jim ‘Glorious’ Glory used to be a somebody. In the heyday of British wrestling, he was a colossus. Now his empire has crumbled. Through Dan, Ben and Sami, Jim catches a glimpse of resurrection; a chance to re-establish his great name and his decaying gym. But do they want to wrestle and restore Jim’s glory? Or do they have a different fight in mind? Only one hero can emerge.

A Skull in Connemara

We return to the Oldham Coliseum on Thursday, 28 February at 19:30 with an audio described performance of BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Martin McDonagh’s black comedy, A Skull in Connemara.

This show draws you into the unfolding mysteries of an Irish village. Mick is a gravedigger whose wife died under mysterious circumstances some seven years ago. Rumour has it, it was murder. When the time comes to exhume bodies from the Connemara graveyard he finds her bones are missing.

Going into March, Wise Children will be audio described at Home on Friday, 1 March at 19:30. A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical joy and heartbreak, this is a celebration of show business, family, forgiveness and hope. Expect show girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal, music, mischief and mistaken identity – and butterflies by the thousand.

On Tuesday, 5 March, Arthur Miller’s The Last Yankee will be audio described at the Bolton Library at 19:30. Two men visit their wives in a psychiatric hospital. Both women struggle with depression and addiction to prescription drugs. Once ‘the handsomest pair in town’, Patty and her carpenter husband, Leroy, now struggle to make ends meet whilst trying to create a home for their seven children. John Frick, a wealthy businessman, can’t understand why Karen, ‘a women who has everything she could possibly want’, has inexplicably ‘lost all her optimism’. In a world where so many people experience mental health concerns, Arthur Miller’s funny, compassionate and profoundly moving play gives hope to us all.

Looking ahead to 12 March is an audio described tour of the FACING OUT exhibition at the Whitworth.

With so many shows to choose from, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Meanwhile Anne is off to Kilkenny to work with Arts and Disability Ireland, to train staff and artists in visual impairment awareness and audio description. Representatives from many different galleries and museums will attend the training, ensuring a warm welcome for blind and partially sighted visitors in future.