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Nadine Beasley

Qualified in 2011.  Experience of plays, musicals and sketch shows.  Can be heard on voicespro.

Will also work South Yorkshire.

Email

nadinebeasley@btinternet.com

Tel:

07711 285 155

Based in:

Leicester

Regions covered:

North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

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

Jane Brambley

Since qualifying in 1999, I've worked for Vocaleyes, Mind's Eye, Sightlines, ITFC (now Deluxe Media) and independently in all sorts of venues to a wide range of audiences. I have provided Audio Description for theatre, screen, opera, disability arts events, live events, outdoor performances and training videos and created museum audio described guides. I also have broadcasting and editing experience.

Email

jane.brambley@gmail.com

Based in:

Romsey Hampshire

Regions covered:

West Midlands, East Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Live Events, Museum Audio Described Guides., Opera, Outdoor Performance, Screen, Theatre, Visual Arts/Museums

Alison Clarke

Qualified in 2007.  Regular describer Old Vic, Lyric Hammersmith.  Descriptions include physical theatre and pantomime.

Email

aliclarke350@gmail.com

Based in:

Brighton

Regions covered:

West Midlands, East Anglia, South West, South East, London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Opera, Theatre

Jenni Elbourne

Trained at Graeae Theatre Company (2009 & 2019 refresher). Experience describing film, theatre, contemporary art and installation. Consultancy work for R&D's / integrated audio description. Clients include Graeae, Liberty Festival, Unlimited, Spinning Wheel Theatre, Curious Directive, Blink Dance Theatre.

Website https://jennielbourne.wordpress.com/audio-description/

Email

jenni.elbourne@gmail.com

Tel:

07528 189865

Based in:

London / Suffolk

Regions covered:

East Anglia, South East, London

Qualifications:

Skills:

Dance, Outdoor Performance, Promenade Performance, Site Specific Performance, Theatre

Kerry Elkins

Trained and qualified in 2009 under the See-A-Voice project.  Winner of Guildford Mayor's Award for Access in the Arts (2013) and an occasional contributor to 'Poetry Please' (BBC Radio 4)

Email

kerry.elkins@google.com

Tel:

07787542574

Based in:

Bristol

Regions covered:

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

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Outdoor Performance, Site Specific Performance, Theatre

Anna Fancett

I have described a number of performances at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, where I qualified.  Also am a professional storyteller.

www.uponmyword.co.uk

Email

anna.fancett@talk21.com

Tel:

07841 715447

Based in:

Bedlington Newcastle

Regions covered:

North East

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

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

Ruth James

Ruth qualified in 2007.  Ruth is a member of VocalEyes and Sightlines, as well as Freelance.  Descriptions include musicals, physical theatre and pantomime.

Email

ruthie_sings@hotmail.com

Tel:

07956 608990

Based in:

London

Regions covered:

London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

Gwen Jenkins

Qualified in 2003.  Based at Hall for Cornwall in Truro.  Previously worked for Cornwall Blind Association

Email

gwenjen@talktalk.net

Tel:

01872 561653

Based in:

Truro Cornwall

Regions covered:

South West

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

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

Joanna Myers

L.A.M.D.A trained, 15 years as an actress in Theatre, TV, Radio (BBC Radio Drama Company 1990 – 92).  Since qualifying as a VocalEyes Audio Describer in 1999 Jo has worked extensively for VocalEyes, and as a freelancer for Minds Eye and Sightlines. ITFC film and TV describer, RNIB films – Audio books for RNIB and as volunteer for Calibre Book Library. Numerous Voice overs, Educational tapes for OUP/ Longman, Promotional Videos.  Regional accents/character voices.

Email

jo@simonwhitfield.plus.com

Tel:

01844 355263

Based in:

Regions covered:

North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, London, Scotland

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Circus, Dance, Live Events, Museum Audio Described Guides., Outdoor Performance, Promenade Performance, Screen, Theatre

Jonathan Nash

Describing since 1994. Longstanding clients include: Opera - WNO, ROH & ENO. Dance BRB & Royal Ballet. Theatre - Birmingham Hippodrome, Oxford Playhouse and Vocaleyes. Specialist in ballet.

https://sites.google.com/site/sightlinesuk

Email

jonathan_sightlines@yahoo.co.uk

Tel:

07971 533504

Based in:

Dawlish, Devon

Regions covered:

West Midlands, East Midlands, South West, South East, London

Qualifications:

Skills:

Dance, Opera, Theatre

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

Ellie Packer

Qualified April 2001.

Trained by the RSC, I have been working principally for them for the last 20 years in Stratford upon Avon and on tour. I have also worked at the Soho, Duke of York’s, Haymarket, Barbican and Cambridge Theatres in London.

As part of the Sightlines team I work at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and English National Opera at the Coliseum.

Telephone: 02073860165 or  0774077718

Email

rafreidusrannoch@gmail.com

Based in:

London London

Regions covered:

London

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Opera, Theatre

Mo Pickering-Symes

Qualified in 2011.  Currently working with  Derby Audio Describers.

Email

mpsymes1@gmail.com

Based in:

Derby

Regions covered:

East Midlands

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Theatre

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

Bruce Tetlow

Omeetoo Combined Arts Ltd


Bruce has been describing at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry for over 10 years.  He has particular interests and specialist skill in describing for dance and physical theatre performances and regularly works with  Birmingham Dance Network and the University of Coventry's Centre for Dance Research (C-Dare)

For more details head to their website omeetoo.wordpress.com or contact Bruce directly.

Email

bruce_tetlow@yahoo.co.uk

Tel:

07766562028

Based in:

Regions covered:

West Midlands, East Midlands

Qualifications:

Certificate in Audio Description Skills - Stage

Skills:

Dance, Screen, 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