November and Onwards:
Just as some of our theatres were tentatively re-opening with audio described shows, they are once again closing their doors. We don’t know if the December shows will go ahead, and the dates are subject to change, but these are the details we have at present. We do put the latest news on Twitter (MindsEyeArts) and Facebook (mindseyedescription) as soon as we have details, and also you can listen out for me talking to Allan Russell, on RNIB Connect Radio, where I do regular interviews.
The first live audio description since the start of lockdown, took place at HOME, Manchester, on 24th October and it was very exciting to be back in a theatre. To book for audio described HOME shows, or films, please call 0161 200 1500 or go to: homemcr.org once details are confirmed. We hope that this show will be able to go ahead:
SH!T ACTUALLY on December 19th 7.30pm
Sh!t Theatre presents “A two-woman 100% faithful, word-by-word* remake of the Christmas film we all hate to love”.
Christmas in Liverpool
Two Christmas shows have now been announced for Liverpool theatres but the dates may be subject to change – please do book early as seating is limited with fewer tickets available than usual.
THE ROYAL COURT SELECTION BOX, a seasonal Variety performance was due to go ahead on the 2nd of December. However, this event has now been postponed until the 13th of January at 8pm. (The date is likely to change) This promises to be an evening of real enjoyment, celebration and laughs, performed by many Royal Court favourites and directed by Stephen Fletcher. Well, 2020 has been a load of old baubles but the gang from the Court will put the smiles back on your faces with this year’s Christmas show – The Royal Court Selection Box! Featuring comedy, music, prizes to be won and little bits of some of our most popular shows over the years. To book go to: liverpoolsroyalcourt.com or call: 0151 709 4321.
On 17th December, (to be confirmed) Liverpool Playhouse presents the perennial favourite – A CHRISTMAS CAROL, adapted from Charles Dickens’ much loved story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly visitations! add copy if necessary – “purveyors of playfulness and physical comedy, Spymonkey, present a festive treat, guaranteed to be exquisitely silly, with music, merriment and plenty of heart” “Put on your best Victorian bib-and-tucker and hold on to your stovepipe hat as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future whisk us on a brilliantly funny flight of theatrical fancy” .. If you would like to book please email: email@example.com Also – advance notice that the Everyman panto, ROBIN HOOD will be audio described on January 4, 2022!
Christmas in Norwich
The two shows at Norwich Theatre Royal are hopefully going ahead on 19th December: PANTO IN A PICKLE at 2pm. There has been a terrible mess-up in Panto-land. What is Cinderella doing with those magic beans? Why did Captain Hook stop Snow White going to the ball? How did Aladdin end up in an enchanted sleep? This really is Panto in a Pickle! and A CIRCUS CAROL at 4.30pm.
Combining acrobatics and truly amazing trickery with ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, this marvelously intricate re-imagining captures all the thrills and spills of the original festival tale with even more spectacle.
Storyhouse are hoping to programme an audio described performance for their production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL a show full of song and laughter. The show is scheduled to go ahead on the 5th of January at 7pm.
This year’s Festival is going online, with many of the events audio described. For details of the programme, visit the website: www.dadafest.co.uk
Bolton Art Gallery
I have really been enjoying working on audio guides to two current exhibitions at Bolton Art Gallery. They are MANTELPIECE OBSERVATIONS, by Richard Slee, inspired by part of the research of the Mass Observation Studies in the late 30s, and MANTELPIECE STORIES, a selection of photographs and a film focussing on six Bolton individuals today and the stories around their precious objects.
MANTELPIECE OBERSERVATIONS is available to listen to online at https://soundcloud.com/mindseyedescription
The Stories guide is currently being recorded by members of Bolton Newstalk so will be available shortly. They will also be available on the Bolton Library and Museums Service You Tube platform.
Similarly Gallery Oldham has commissioned an audio guide to their RAINDROPS exhibition, which explores all aspects of water and how we use it. This guide will be available on the Mind’s Eye soundcloud site from November 9th.
Stay safe and well in these strange times and I do hope to see you before too long!
Remember to check which shows may go ahead on our events page.
Three recent poems to share with you:
Home from Home: 21st October 2020
I am here in a theatre,
After seven months long!
At a Dress Rehearsal
With action and song!
I am here in a theatre,
Where HOME feels like home,
With blind customers on Saturday,
So, I won’t be alone.
Yes, I’m back in a theatre,
Where the performance is LIVE!
Masked, sanitised and distant,
But we have survived!
Back to Work!: 24th October 2020
Black clothes are out of the wardrobe,
Ready, and pressed, and clean,
For the first live audio description,
Since the start of Covid 19!
It’s a show about the pandemic,
Performed by the amazing Rash Dash,
Lasting about 85 minutes,
It races by in a flash!
Hurray for the blind customers,
Braving a visit today,
We’’ll keep you safe, and secure, at HOME,
We sure you’ll enjoy our play!
Full Lockdown 2: 1st November 2020
I was getting so excited
About being in the theatre again,
Now all of that good feeling,
Has slipped right down the drain.
We had climbed up a ladder,
But now slide down a snake,
Having work just snatched away,
Can be hard to take.
All of our November shows,
Will, effectively, be banned,
And, no-one knows if Christmas shows,
Will take place as was planned.
When the news came in, (eventually), last night,
I didn’t feel too great;
It’s tempting to withdraw oneself,
And just latibulate -
That’s a wonderful word, I recently heard,
From the seventeenth century –
It means to sit in a corner and hide,
To escape from reality.
Let’s focus on access for online arts,
Whilst In full lockdown we’re stuck;
Keep sane, keep positive, sending love,
Good health to all and good luck!