Summertime and the shows need describing..
First on our list and last show of Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s current season is The Hired Man, on 3rd July, a Hull Truck Theatre co-production set in Cumberland in 1898 and based on the Melvyn Bragg novel with music by Howard Goodall. The Hired Man is a story of love and betrayal, set against a backdrop of English country traditions being swept away as a new century faces the gathering storm of war.
On 4th July the Calendar Girls tour reaches Nottingham Theatre Royal. Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning musical comedy tells the true story of a group of Yorkshire ladies who achieved something extraordinary. Don’t miss this new musical comedy that The Times described as ‘pure gold’.
At Bradford Alhambra on 6 th July is Amélie, the story of an astonishing young woman who secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Amélie, played by the delightful Audrey Brisson, is based on the much loved five-time Oscar-nominated film. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in.
Also on 6th July, at Leeds Grand Theatre, is Grease, a new staging of the classic Fifties musical starring Peter Andre alternating with Strictly winner Ore Oduba. And the third show for Mind’s Eye on 6 th July is steamy musical The Bodyguard at Wolverhampton Grand. We will always love The Bodyguard!
On 13th July we provide audio description for the world premiere of SWIM - a brand new show with live music, videography and playful, intimate storytelling, This is an immersive experience about isolation, being held and just jumping into really cold water.
For the Manchester International Festival, we audio describe The Nico Project. From her 1967 debut with The Velvet Underground to her premature death just two decades later, Nico was one of pop culture’s most enigmatic figures. Now, Maxine Peake (performer) and Sarah Frankcom (director) conjure this visionary artist up from the shadows with a stirring theatrical immersion into her sound, her identity and the world in which she fought to be heard. The AD performance of Nico Project is presented on 17th July at the Stoller Hall, Manchester’s award winning and newest performance space.
Our second description for Manchester International Festival is a collaboration between composer Philip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott. Tao of Glass is an exploration of life, loss and a single question: Where does true inspiration come from? Part-concert, part-performance Tao of Glass is presented with an ensemble of musicians and puppeteers, soundtracked by Glass’s mesmerising music and shot through with Improbable’s trademark theatricality. Tao of Glass is presented at the Royal Exchange Theatre on 20 th July.
Also for the Manchester International Festival audio description will be available from 8 July for Atmospheric Memory. For more details contact MIF. The audio description will take you on a tour of this amazing and exciting new installation housed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Castlefield, Manchester.
On 18th July at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre we offer Little Miss Sunshine, the story of a young girl who has her heart set on winning a national beauty contest. This uplifting modern classic celebrates the quirks of every family, the potholes in every road, and the power of overcoming our differences.
On 24th July at Bradford Alhambra we proudly describe the most popular show in our repertoire, Les Miserables, in Cameron Mackintosh’s new staging.
A very different take on the musical is provided by Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre with Scouse Pacific, on 25 th July. This Summer why not get away from it all? Let us take you across the oceans to the exotic uncharted island of Secosu where many years ago shipwrecked stowaway Billy Riley from Walton was washed ashore. Finding himself on an island that was populated mainly by women, Billy made the most of it and now, in 2019, his legacy continues – an island community of Scousers in the South Pacific!
On 27th July at 10.30am at Tate Liverpool, Anne Hornsby will lead a tour of the exhibition, Keith Haring. A part of the legendary New York art scene of the 1980s, Keith was inspired by graffiti, pop art and underground club culture. Visitors to the exhibition will see more than 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings and drawings. Also on display are posters, photographs, and videos that capture the vibrancy of 1980s New York street culture.
On 3rd August the long-running Motown tour reaches Milton Keynes Theatre. Don’t miss this dramatization of the sound that inspired a generation, the music that moved the world.
Also on 3rd August we offer There is a Light That Never Goes Out at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Using 21st-century artefacts and technology, this vivid and passionate production shows how the Luddites helped inspire the birth of Manchester’s radical political identity – and how their long-misunderstood protests against mechanisation remain massively relevant today.
A special Summer treat for children aged three upwards on 15th August is the smash-hit production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Direct from the West End, this fun-filled adaptation is based on the much-loved book picture by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
Finally, on 31 st August we describe Saturday Night Fever at Leeds Grand Theatre. With one of the bestselling of movie soundtracks all time this is the story of Tony Manero, who escapes the harsh realities of working-class Brooklyn life when he embarks on a reckless, yet thrilling road to dancing success.