Event: AGM Sept 2019
23 September 2019
: 11:30 am
Bookings for the AGM in September, held at Reform Club, London, from 11.45 am. All Members are welcome, see item 296 for details.
In addition to the AGM there is a post AGM double bill starting with The Long View, a look at the audio description scene in the UK as it was, is now, and may develop, an exciting glimpse of the preliminary findings of the Describing Diversity research project carried out by VocalEyes with Royal Holloway, University of London, followed by an opportunity to meet some of the familiar and not-so familiar faces from ADA’s twenty-year journey, as we reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and anticipate the future – and a chance to add your views on ADA’s future direction to those of our Panel of Speakers.
Please email email@example.com by Friday 13 September 2019 to book your place.
Event: AN AUDIO DESCRIBED SUMMER.. with Mind’s Eye
2 July 2018 – 3 July 2018
The Summer season presents you with a wide array of audio described shows for you to choose from.
To start with, Bread and Roses will be audio described at the Oldham Coliseum on Wednesday, 4 July at 7:30. An exciting uplifting new play stuffed full of songs and laughs, heart and soul; telling the gripping real life story of the huge mill-workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA in 1912. 20,000 workers originating from all corners of the globe, led mainly by the female workforce who fought not just for the bread for their daily existence, but also for the roses in order to live a full life - a fight that resonates and continues to this day. Written by Ian Kershaw (award winning television and theatre writer, whose plays include Star-Cross’d for the Coliseum), Bread & Roses features a mix of real and imagined characters.
The story of Lucy-Rose Atkins as she navigates the strike, facing love, loss, lies and deceit, using her quick wit, impassioned heart and fierce intelligence to undertake a journey from unskilled worker to impassioned leader. The strike was also famously known as ‘The Singing Strike’ and Bread & Roses uses songs from the time of the strike – mainly from the influential songwriter Joe Hill (who inspired countless other rebel voices from Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg). These are the songs that rouse rabbles, shake houses and lift roofs as Lucy-Rose Atkins leads her workers in their fight of their lives - a fight, not just for bread, but for roses too!
Described as “spine-tingling, a scintillating revival” (The Stage), Stephen Sondheim’s stunning tour de force of a musical, A Little Night Music, is being audio described at the Storyhouse Chester, on Sunday, 8 July at 2:15. Spouses, exes, mismatches and misunderstandings.
The story explores the tangled web of affairs around an actress and the men who love her. Anne is married to Fredrik, who still loves Desiree, who is sleeping with Count Carl-Magnus, who is married to Charlotte, who’s friends with Anne. It doesn’t stay that way – be prepared for a night of glorious musical comedy. Witty, heartbreakingly moving and full of adoration, regret and desire.
Mamma Mia! will be audio described at the Palace Theatre Manchester on Thursday, 12 July at 7:30 – the only chance to catch this show before it goes off on its international tour. Dig out your lycra and platforms and join the party!
On Friday, 13 July, An Officer & A Gentleman is being audio described at 7:30 at the Milton Keynes Theatre. You can also catch it on 8 September at the Bradford Alhambra at 2:30. It’s the show that will sweep you off your feet! Queens of the Coal Age will be audio described on Saturday, 14 July at the Royal Exchange Manchester.
“WE ARE WOMEN AGAINST PIT CLOSURES AND WE’RE OCCUPYING THIS PIT”.
Anne, Elaine, Dot and Lesley. Four ordinary women, facing the closure of their community. It’s 1993 and the Parkside Colliery pit may be winding down, but they’re not giving up. Their bras stuffed with contraband, they take a tour of the pit and refuse to come up. Settling into the depths of the mine, making tissue roses and walking imaginary dogs, they face bribery and threats. But as they dig in, those up top start to realise these ladies are not for turning. This is the heart-warming and funny true story of four women taking a stand in the face of a changing world.
You can catch Young DaDaFest on Thursday, 19 July at 6:30 at the Everyman Theatre Liverpool, where the young people showcase their many skills.
On Wednesday, 25 July at 8:00, at Liverpool’s Royal Court, it’s Mamma Mia again, no sorry, that Mam I’m “Ere!.
The brilliantly funny smash hit disco musical will take The Court by storm. Sally was left on her Dad’s doorstep one cold and windy Liverpool night.. 25 years later and she has met the love of her life on her Dad’s failing Disco holiday campsite in Wales. There is just one person missing from her wedding plans – her Mam. After teasing out stories from her Dad's best mates she narrows her search down to three very different women from his past. Believing they’ve won a glamorous mini-break away, the three unsuspecting Mums find themselves walking into a creaky caravan park, greeted by an old flame some of them would rather forget, and right into her trap. Starring some of Liverpool’s favourite theatre faces, Life In Theatre Productions and The Royal Court Theatre proudly present the return of the smash hit comedy. Packed with hit after hit from the 1970s (but definitely no Abba) this show will have you dancing in the aisles. So Get Down and Celebrate Good Times in this Disco Boogie Wonderland!
On Saturday, 28 July, our big green ogre, Shrek pop up at the Milton Keynes Theatre, and also on that date is the first Mind’s Eye Audio Description of Titanic the Musical at the Bradford Alhambra. Both are at 2:30, and if you miss Shrek this time, you can catch it again at Venue Cymru at 7:00.
Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in the glittering stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks' What the Ladybird Heard, audio described at 2:00 at the Lowry on Thursday, 16 August. Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But they reckon without the tiniest, quietest creature of all: The Ladybird has a plan of her own! With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs,, come and take part in this colourful farmyard adventure! Those too little for audio description will love the touch tour!
Ending the month is the fantastic musical Miss Saigon, being audio described on Wednesday, 29 August at 2:30 in Norwich.
Kicking off September, on Saturday 1st, are three terrific musicals all audio described at 2:30. You can choose between Calendar Girls at the Leeds Grand, Fame at the Bradford Alhambra, or Jersey Boys at the Wolverhampton Grand. Also being audio described on this date, is Alan Bennett’s Olivier Award winning comedy masterpiece, Single Spies, at the Theatre by the Lake at 2:00. The play uncovers the true stories behind two notorious spies. Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt were members of the infamous Cambridge Spies. This compelling double bill, set in both Moscow and London, chronicles their extraordinary lives: secret identities, police interrogations, and encounters with the Queen. In An Englishman Abroad, double agent Guy Burgess has defected to the Soviets and is living in Moscow. But when he’s visited by the actress Coral Browne, Burgess entrusts her with a top secret mission of her own.. As A Question of Attribution shows, there was nobody Sir Anthony Blunt didn’t know. As Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, he was on friendly terms with Her Majesty. But with an art forgery on his hands and a policeman in his office, Blunt’s latest trip to Buckingham Palace is looking awkward… These witty comedies are as fascinating as they are funny.
So, with many fantastic performances going on, Mind’s Eye looks forward to welcoming you to one (or more) of them soon!
Here are some useful weblinks for What's On Listings elsewhere..
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Event: SAVE THE DATE
25 September 2018
: 11:30 am
Further details to be made public via NOTE PAD closer to the time but for now save the date and join us.
We look forward to seeing you.
Event: Note Pad January/February 2018
28 February 2018
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Event: Audio Description Association Annual General Meeting
26 September 2017
: 12:30 pm
This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Audio Description Association will take place on Tuesday 26 September at Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
The AGM is open to all members of ADA; non-members are also very welcome to attend in a non-voting capacity.
This is a great opportunity to meet with others in the field and to share ideas.
Entrance to the AGM is free of charge.
Event: Recorded Description for Theatre and the Visual Arts
26 September 2017
: 2:00 pm
The session begins with a presentation by Alison Clarke, Audio Describer, and David Philips, Head of Production at New Wolsey Theatre, entitled:
A COLLABORATIVE JOURNEY
First Steps in Recorded Description for Live Performance
They will report on recent experiments with pre-recorded audio description in Ipswich,and answer questions from the floor.
This will be followed by a look at the current use of pre-recorded audio description in Europe, including (subject to confirmation) a presentation from French colleagues at
Acces Culture, and a discussion of the application of recorded AD in the visual arts, museum and heritage sector.
The essential details are:
Title: Recorded AD for Theatres and the Visual Arts
Audience: AD providers and users
Venue: Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
Date: Tuesday 26 September 2017
Cost: ADA members: £25 Non-ADA members: £35
(includes coffee/tea on arrival and mid-afternoon)
Numbers are strictly limited and advance booking/payment is strongly
Cheques should be made payable to Audio Description Association and sent
to ADA, PO Box 306, 17 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1D.
For bank transfers, ADA’s account details are available when booking.
PayPal payments should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that in this instance payments are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.
Event: Audio Description in museums, galleries and heritage sites
27 March 2017
: 2:00 pm
The session will explore recent research on museum accessibility, how museums and galleries are using audio description, tips on describing in museums and galleries, and the HLF-funded partnership project Sensing Culture, between RNIB and heritage sites in the South East.
Speakers include Matthew Cock, Chief Executive of VocalEyes, Selene Burn, the Ritish Museums's Access and Equality Manager, Anne Hornsby, audio describer and Director of Mind's Eye, and Paula Suchy, audio description users.
Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Date: Monday 27th March 2017
Time: 14.15 - 16,45 (doors open at 14.00)
Cost: ADA members: £25 Non-ADA members: £45
(Includes coffee/tea on arrival and mid-session)
Cheques payable to Audio Descripton Association and forwarded to ADA, Box 306, 17 Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 1RW. Cash and cheque payments also accepted on the day. For bank transfers, ADA's account dertails are available from ADA
Booking: Numbers are limited and early booking is advisable. Please email ADA
Contact: Anne Hornsby, Workshop Organiser or phone 07889 232438
Directions: British Museum
Event: National Conference on Growing Audiences for Audio Description
14 March 2016
In partnership with RNIB, the Audio Description Association is holding the first national conference on audio description of the century, exploring why audiences choose to come to audio described events (or not) and how venues can increase their take up for audio description.
Panels of users and non-users of audio description services will tell us what makes them decide whether or not to attend an audio described event, and identify ways in which venues and eescribers can encourage repeat visits and attract first timers.
Service provides and users will confront the factors affecting attendance, share models of good practice and investigate innovative and concrete strategies to increase engagement.
The Conference is relevant for:
marketing, programming and front line staff at venues and theatre companies providing audio description
audio description agenices
audience development agences and consultants
organisations of and for blind and partially sighted people
potential and current users of audio description across all major art forms
Tickets are limited on a first come, first serve basis and will sell out fast. Do make use of our early-bird offer.
Booking Options (Booking forms and flyers for the Conference can be found on our Update page of this website)
Early Bird bookings received up to and including 10 December 2015
ADA members £75 per delegate
2 ADA members from the same organisation £140 per pair
Non-ADA members £ 95 per delegate
Post 10 December 2015 bookings
All delegates £95 per delegate
2 delegates from the same organisation £180 per pair
Fixed rate for delegates with disabilities
All delegates £60 per delegate
For further enquiries and booking form please contact email@example.com
Event: ADA AGM and Workshop
8 September 2014
Members and non-members are welcome at ADA's 15th Annual General Meeting which will take place on Monday 8 September at Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL.
Doors open at 12.00 noon to give everyone an opportunity to network before the AGM begins at 12.30 p.m. It finishes at 1.30 p.m. and coffee will be served in the interval between the meeting and the post-AGM workshop for people leaving, staying on or arriving for Listeners Plus which runs from 2.00 - 5.00p.m.
Listeners Plus was inspired by a plea from one of the panellists at our recent Consumers Workshop, Listening to the Listeners, for a more family-friendly approach to AD services. We have interpreted 'family' to mean all sighted companions of blind and partially-sighted theatregoers. They are often overlooked when AD services are discussed, yet they are an integral part of the AD user's visit to the theatre - and an untapped resource.
Front of House staff and AD users plus their theatregoing partners have been invited to join us for a brain-storming afternoon, from which we hope concrete suggestions for service development will emerge.
The workshop is open to all describers, AD users and service providers, but places are limited and booking is strongly advised. For ADA and ADA (Scotland) members, the workshop is free. For non-members, there is a token charge of £5.00, payable on the day. ADA membership subscriptions can also be paid on the day.
For more information about Listeners Plus, contact workshop leader, Anne Hornsby.
Click here for directions to the Theatres Trust (close to Leicester Square tube station).
To notify your intention to attend the AGM or book a place at the workshop, email us here
Event: Listening to the Listeners: AD Consumer Workshop
8 July 2014
: 2:00 pm
In 1997 the London Audio Description Service held a consumer’s forum at which AD users were invited to comment on what they liked or disliked about different audio description techniques. ADA’s next workshop repeats the exercise with a panel of experienced AD users pledged to give us their frank opinions of the audio description excerpts supplied by workshop leader Anne Hornsby.
The comments from the 1997 forum are still on record, giving us a chance to see how attitudes have altered in the intervening years. Are today’s describers getting their priorities right? Or, after 25 years of audio description in the UK, is it time to challenge and change them?
Join us for what promises to be a lively afternoon of debate and discussion - a rare and exciting opportunity for describers and users to engage in a dialogue which could have a significant influence on the next 25 years of British audio description.
Lynn Cox, Director, Arts Coaching Training and Churchill Fellow
Vidar Hjardeng, Diversity Consultant, ITV
Allan Russell, Presenter, RNIB Insight Radio
Kirin Saeed, Independent Performing Arts Professional and Consultant
Mark Smith, Leisure Activities and Telefriends Coordinator Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind
Tuesday 8 July 2014, 2.00-5.00pm*
*Doors open at 1.30pm for participants to come early and network. Coffee/teas
will be provided but bring your own lunch!
Theatres Trust, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
see www.theatrestrust.org.uk for directions
FREE to ADA members; £5 token charge for non-members payable on the day
No booking form required – just email firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve a place. Any other enquiries about the workshop to go to Anne Hornsby at email@example.com
Event: Setting the Scene Workshop
14 May 2014
: 2:00 pm
This is the provisional title for ADA’s next workshop which takes place in the shiny new surroundings of Liverpool’s recently reopened Everyman Theatre on 14 May 2014. Led by ADA trainer Clare Le May, the workshop will focus on compiling and delivering introductions to stage performances.
Full information and a booking form will follow shortly. Meantime, here are the essential details for your diary (and wallet):
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Wednesday 14 May 2014, 2-5pm
ADA/ADA (Scotland) members: £25.00
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.