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Stef Bell

Qualified in 2005.  Chair of Scene and Sound and a long-standing member of Derby Audio Describers, Stef has described the full range of theatre from Shakespeare to farce via musicals.

Email

sv_bell@live.co.uk

Based in:

Regions covered:

North West, North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Outdoor Performance, Site Specific Performance, Theatre, Visual Arts/Museums

Chris Berry

Qualified in 2006.  Regularly describe theatre productions at a number of theatres, feature and short films, and museum exhibitions/handling sessions.

http://theatreville.co.uk

Email

chrisdberry@yahoo.co.uk

Tel:

0794 107 8604

Based in:

Halifax

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Screen, Theatre, Visual Arts/Museums

Alice Gilmour

Website: www.alicegilmour.com

Experienced voiceover artist and audio-describer of operas and musicals. I audio describe mainly for Opera North in Leeds and on tour to Newcastle, Nottingham, Salford and Edinburgh. Am experienced in writing and recording audio notes for performances, based on attending one dress rehearsal and doing some research in advance.  I also give talks to blind and partially sighted groups about audio-description and what it's like to attend a performance and touch tour.

Email

info@alicegilmour.com

Tel:

07974 630077

Based in:

Bradford

Regions covered:

North West, North East

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Opera, Theatre

Julia Grundy

Describer for nearly twenty years, experience of describing all forms of theatre, opera, dance including for RSC, WNO, Vocaleyes, Birmingham Rep.

Email

charles.julia@btinternet.com

Tel:

07973 249931

Based in:

Daventry Northamptonshire

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Dance, Live Events, Opera, Promenade Performance, Site Specific Performance, Sport, Theatre

Pat Hayes

Qualified in 2005.  A professional audio describer with experience in a wide range of venues, and genres from Jacobean tragedies to modern musicals.  Also experienced in conducting touch tours.

Email

celestebrian@aol.co.uk

Tel:

07912 850497

Based in:

Blackpool

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Dance, Live Events, Outdoor Performance, Screen, Site Specific Performance, Theatre, Visual Arts/Museums

Trish Hodson

Access & Inclusivity Matters

I qualified on the VocalEyes: Audio Description for live theatre training course in 2019. I co-described & Juliet at The Shaftesbury, London in March 2020. Over the last year I have been writing AD scripts for films, documentaries and series for Iyuno SDI, having been recruited and trained by Veronika Hyks. I am available for all types of audio description work, whether live, remotely delivered, or recorded.


I also deliver Everyday Accessibility training to arts, leisure and community organisations. My training is based on my 23 year career as an Access Officer in a large commercial theatre. It focuses on embedding inclusive customer service for a broad range of access requirements and across departments. Additional workshops focus on Front of House and customer-facing teams, and how to set-up and successfully deliver assisted performances.

website accessandinclusivitymatters.com

Email

info@accessandinclusivitymatters.com

Tel:

07751 552416

Based in:

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London, Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland

Qualifications:

Skills:

Screen, Theatre

Anne Hornsby

Anne is a pioneer of UK audio description and one of the country's leading audio describers with over 20 years AD experience. She is the Director of Mind's Eye.

mindseyedescription.co.uk            @MindsEyeArt

Email

mindseyedescription@gmail.com

Tel:

01204 522481 / 07889 232438

Based in:

Bolton Greater Manchester

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London, Ireland, Northern Ireland

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage, Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Screen

Skills:

Dance, Live Events, Opera, Outdoor Performance, Promenade Performance, Screen, Site Specific Performance, Theatre, Visual Arts/Museums

Eleanor Margolies

I work with Vocaleyes and See-a-Voice venues, as well as independent companies. Interested in widening access to description, describing for children and experimentation with new forms. Other specialisms: architecture, puppetry, circus.

Email

emargolies@gmail.com

Tel:

07905 972744

Based in:

East Dulwich, London

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London, Ireland, Northern Ireland

Qualifications:

Skills:

Dance, Opera, Theatre, Visual Arts/Museums

Brid Ni Ghruagain

One of Ireland's two homegrown describers, guaranteeing a very broad range of productions and exhibitions for me to work on. Ten years experience. Also a theatre practitioner, opera singer and classical musician. (Audio Description available in English and Irish languages)

Email

bridnig@gmail.com

Based in:

Dublin Ireland

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London, Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Dance, Inclusive Theatre, Live Events, Opera, Outdoor Performance, Promenade Performance, Screen, Site Specific Performance, Theatre, Visual Arts/Museums

Carolyn Smith

Qualified 2005. Since 2005 regular describer for Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, London and on tour. Also pantomime for Chipping Campden Little Theatre.

Email

carolynasmith42@gmail.com

Tel:

07799 701412

Based in:

Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London, Ireland, Northern Ireland

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

Lynn Thornton

Qualified in 2010.  Member of the West Yorkshire Playhouse Audio Description Team since 2004, describing a range of production types: plays, musicals, in-house and touring shows.

Email

lynn.t@tiscali.co.uk

Tel:

07901685090

Based in:

Leeds

Regions covered:

North West, North East, London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

Janey Todd

Having qualified in Certificate in Audio Description Skills, I have been an audio describer since 2009.  I have worked in HMT, Aberdeen and have experience of live audio description for meetings, informal tours and non-AD cinema and TV.

Tel:

07729631311

Based in:

Lancaster

Regions covered:

North West

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

Eleanor Walk

Qualified in 2005, and have described live theatre performances at a variety of venues.  Have also recorded season brochures for a number of theatres.

Email

eleanorwalk@hotmail.com

Tel:

07951 046933

Based in:

Eccles Manchester

Regions covered:

North West, North East, Wales, West Midlands, East Midlands

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

Tina Wright

Qualified in 2009. Have worked mostly in Yorkshire. Experienced in straight drama, pantomime, musicals, contemporary & classical plays, including Shakespeare. Outdoor venue experience - 1500 seater in Museum Gardens, York.

Email

tinawright273@btinternet.com

Tel:

07415 726645

Based in:

York

Regions covered:

North West, North East

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre