VocalEyes Newsletter – lots going on in August

Hello! Hope you’re having a fab summer?
Charlie from VocalEyes here with the perfect staycation recipe for August!
Do the tourist thing with an audio-described visit to the Buckingham Palace State Rooms or treat the kids to some West End theatre (lets face it the holidays will start to drag!), or even disappear into the world of Shakespeare’s history plays with a whole day of theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. Whatever floats your boat, there’s loads going on this August.

Buckingham Palace State Rooms
Summer means that for 10 weeks (20 July – 29 September) the Queen throws open the doors to Buckingham Palace’s magnificent State Rooms. We’ve created a recorded audio described guide available on site, so plan your visit today!

Shakespeare’s Globe Trilogy Day: Saturday 3 August

Now all the youth of England are on fire — Henry V, Act II, Prologue

See Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur (12pm), Henry IV Part 2 or Falstaff (4pm) and Henry V or Harry England (8pm), together on one epic day. (Touch tours for all performances are at 10am).

Arts and museum tours
Painter Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946) is one of Finland’s best kept secrets. Join Royal Academy staff on Friday 2 August for an introduction to her mesmerising work.

Ceramicist Jennifer Lee’s work dismantles the idea of clay as a medium confined to function and the domestic, making beautiful objects in the process. Explore her work at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge on Thursday 8 August.

Dulwich Picture Gallery’s 2019 Pavilion ‘The Colour Palace’ is a riotous fusion of West African and European influences. Gallery staff describe Pavilion on Thursday 8 August.

Bartolomé Bermejo: Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil is widely considered the most important early Spanish painting in Britain. Join National Gallery guides for a discussion of the work and a visit to the galleries on Saturday 31 August.

Browse all upcoming audio-described museum tours

Let’s hear it for The Worst Witch! 
Long before Harry Potter there was Mildred Hubble, an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Don’t miss The Worst Witch at the Vaudeville Theatre, London on Saturday 10th August. Age 7+.

Last chance to see.. 
Aladdin! Breathtaking sets, astonishing special effects and over 350 lavish costumes sparkling with Swarovski crystals – and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on stage at the Prince Edward Theatre, London on Tuesday 13th August 2019.
The summer holiday treat to end all treats! Age 3+

Coming soon to a theatre near you: 

Upcoming audio-described theatre in East Midlands
Upcoming audio-described theatre in the East of England
Upcoming audio-described theatre in London
Upcoming audio-described theatre in the North East
Upcoming audio-described theatre in the North West
Upcoming audio-described theatre in Scotland (ADA Scotland)
Upcoming audio-described theatre in the South East
Upcoming audio-described theatre in the South West
Upcoming audio-described theatre in West Midlands
Upcoming audio-described theatre in Yorkshire

Describing Diversity

Our survey exploring how characteristics such as race, disability, age, body shape and gender should be described runs until 27 July, so there’s still time to give us your views.

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