APOLOGIES: The beachbog Diary will not be updated for the next four weeks


Artlink has opened a new web site at www.investigatecreate.co.uk.


National Galleries of Scotland:

2019-20 Visual Impairment Programme.


Palace of Holyrood House:

A descriptive audio tour is available, and is included in the price of admission. For further information phone 0131 556 5100.



National Museums of Scotland


Edinburgh City Art Centre

can make arrangements for the Visually Impaired.


Glasgow Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Glasgow Museum of Transport


Booking for the theatre? - Ask about Touch Tours

There is often a Touch Tour available before an audio-described performance, when users of the service can explore the stage sets and handle costumes and props. Members of the production team are on hand to give insights into the production process. Many sighted patrons would love to have this opportunity. Don't forget to ask when you book whether there is a Touch Tour available. Often it is not possible to advertise these Touch Tours in advance in this Diary because the theatres don't know till the touring company arrives whether they can accommodate a Touch Tour. So ask when you book, or at the beginning of the performance week.


His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen.

Cinderella;
Calendar Girls;
Just Start Here (in the Anatomy Rooms);
Benidorm Live;
Doctor Dolittle;
Art;
Rain Man;
Kinky Boots;
The Magic Flute;
To Kill A Mocking Bird;
Madagascar The Musical;
American Idiot;
The Lady Vanishes;
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat;
Little Miss Sunshine.


Birds of Paradise.

Who or what are Birds of Paradise?
Here is an excerpt from their brochure:

BIRDS OF PARADISE is a professional touring theatre company, which produces adventurous and challenging work that places disability in the public arena. The Company has toured throughout Scotland for 12 years with inventive programmes of performances and workshops, both for traditional theatre-going audiences and people who have difficulty experiencing theatre due to disability or geographical isolation.

Click on this link to visit their web site.


Cumbernauld Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Dundee Gardyne Theatre (Dundee College).

No audio descriptions notified.


Dundee Repertory Theatre.

Please note Audio descriptions begin with a prologue tenminutes before curtain up.

All My Sons;
My Left Right Foot – The Musical;
The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil (in the Charleston Centre).


Edinburgh Netherbow Theatre. (The Scottish Storytelling Centre)

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Festival & Kings Theatres

Shows at EFT:

Les Misérables;
Ghost The Musical;
Dirty Dancing;
Kátya Kabanová.

Shows at the Kings:

Anthropocene;
Art;
The Lady Vanishes;
My Fair Lady;
The Mikado;
The Wedding Singer;
The Girl on the Train.


Edinburgh International Festival

2018 season finished.


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2016 Season not yet available.


Edinburgh : Military Tattoo

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Playhouse

American Idiot.


Edinburgh Royal Lyceum

Touching the Void.


Edinburgh Theatre Workshop.

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Traverse.

Ulster American.


Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Kings Theatre.

Shrek: The Musical;
Aladdin.


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.

Sunday in the Park with George.


Glasgow Theatre Royal.

The Case of the Frightened Lady;
Rigoletto;
The Bodyguard.


Glasgow Tramway Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Tron Theatre.

The Taming of the Shrew.


Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Cinderella;
The Magic Flute;
Beauty and The Beast.


Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Musselburgh Brunton Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


National Theatre of Scotland.

No audio descriptions notified.


Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles

No audio descriptions notified.


Opera House, Paisley Pagliacci.


Perth Theatre

Miss Julie;
Gaslight;
Lost at Sea.

Please note Audio descriptions begin with a prologue ten minutes before curtain up.

Perth Theatre Touch Tours and Audio bus

Perth Theatre arrange an Audio Bus to pick up locally and from the Bus and Train Stations, for a £1 donation.

TOUCH TOUR (must be pre-booked)
Touch Tours are available on all shows; please let Box Office know if you would like a tour of the set, props and costumes. Tours are organised to run on the same days as the Audio Described performances and will commence at approximately 6.00pm on Thursday and 1.00pm on Saturday. The Audio Bus runs on both of these days and arrangement for collection before the Touch Tours can be organised.

Please contact Box Office on 01738 621031 to book your tickets. Contact Jen Hoy, Asst. Front of House Manager on 01738 472700 to book a seat on the Audio Bus, Touch Tour or for more information.


Pitlochry Festival Theatre Season.

No information received.

There are no set dates for audio description at Pitlochry: they just do it on demand subject to availability! Audio Description is available for any play performance for people with visual impairments. Just phone the Box Office on 01796 484626 and the staff will check for availability. Please try to give at least 2 days notice prior to the performance.

No audio descriptions notified.


Stirling macrobert Theatre

No audio descriptions notified.


Scottish Theatres Touring Consortium:

No audio descriptions notified.


Scottish Ballet

No audio descriptions notified.


Scottish Opera

The Magic Flute - His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen;
Kátya Kabanová - Edinburgh Festival Theatre;
Anthropocene - Edinburgh Kings Theatre;
- Glasgow Theatre Royal;
The Magic Flute - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Are you getting your audio tapes?

For some years now Scottish Opera, with the support of Playback, Glasgow, has been producing pre-performance tapes for visually impaired users of the audio-description service. This is a wonderful service, unique to Scottish Opera. Each tape contains a synopsis of the action of the opera, a description of the stage sets and the costumes worn by the cast, a very informative talk by a senior member of the Music Department, about points to listen for in the music, and an interview with the producer.

Some users of the service may not know about these tapes, which are sent out free by Scottish Opera for audio-described performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness

Order your tape when you book your seat and headset. These tapes are only available to the visually impaired.


Round the Cinemas

Aberdeen Belmont Picturehouse

No audio descriptions notified.


Aberdeen Cineworld Union Square

https://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/aberdeen-union-square/8018#/buy-tickets-by-cinema?in-cinema=8018&at=2019-07-05&filtered=audio-described&view-mode=list


Aberdeen Queens Link Cineworld

https://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/aberdeen-queens-links/8014#/buy-tickets-by-cinema?in-cinema=8014&at=2019-07-05&filtered=audio-described&view-mode=list


Aberdeen Vue Cinema

https://www.myvue.com/cinema/aberdeen/whats-on


Ayr Odeon

No audio descriptions notified.


Dundee Cineworld

Dundee (Camperdown) Cineworld.


Dundee Odeon

No audio descriptions notified.


Dunfermline Odeon

No audio descriptions notified.


East Kilbride Odeon

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Cineworld

Edinburgh Cineworld.


Edinburgh Filmhouse

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Ocean Terminal Vue Cinema

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Odeon Lothian Road

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Vue Cinema (Omni)

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Odeon Wester Hailes

No audio descriptions notified.


Falkirk Cineworld

Falkirk Cineworld.


Glasgow Braehead Odeon

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Film Theatre

https://glasgowfilm.org/whats-on/all?accessibilityScreenings=audio-described&genre=&specialFeatures=&type=standard%7Cfestival#screening-filters


Glasgow Parkhead Cineworld

Glasgow Parkhead Cineworld.


Glasgow Cineworld Renfrew Street

Glasgow Renfrew Street Cineworld.


Glasgow Springfield Quay Odeon

No audio descriptions notified.


Hamilton Vue Cinema

No audio descriptions notified.


Eden Court Cinema, Inverness.

No audio descriptions notified.


Inverness Vue Cinema

No audio descriptions notified.


Kilmarnock Odeon

No audio descriptions notified.


Livingston Vue Cinema

No audio descriptions notified.


the macrobert filmhouse on Stirling University campus

No audio descriptions notified.


Stirling Vue Cinema

No audio descriptions notified.


Can't get to the Cinema? What about an audio-described DVD or video?

AUDIO DESCRIBED FILMS ON DVD AND VIDEO.

DVDs with audio description are available from wherever you get DVDs - Blockbuster, HMV, etc. Below is a list of films we have been made aware of by the R.N.I.B. We have not tested every one, but have been reliably informed that they have audio description. The a.d. track is just another of the eight available audio tracks on DVD. Some of these tracks are commonly used for director / cast commentaries. Pressing the 'audio' button on the DVD remote control selects the available audio tracks.


A full list of over 200 audio described DVDs on this website:

Some DVDs are available in different versions. If you have a REGION FREE DVD player you may be able to play some U.S. (region one) versions of Miami Vice (2006), Inside Man, United 93, Road to Perdition, The Grinch, Terminator 2 and Basic Instinct, and some Australian (region four) versions of Dead Poets Society, Hotel Rwanda, Pulp Fiction, Road to Perdition, Santa Clause 2, Spanglish, Stage Beauty.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Some U.K. DVD versions, such as special releases, or certain 'rental' versions DON'T have the a.d. track, so double check before you purchase or rent!

Audio description is also available on video cassettes. The original soundtrack is replaced with an audio described track. Many libraries stock them. Over seventy video titles are now available including Insomnia, Billy Elliott, Calendar Girls, Chocolat, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lord of the Rings, Shipping News, The Emperor's New Groove, The Matrix, and many more.

To receive a Home Video Catalogue of all the available titles or to order a video, please contact RNIB Customer Services, or telephone 0845 702 3153 or email cservices@rnib.org.uk.

You can view titles on the RNIB site:


TV listings including SKY TV updated:

I have been greatly helped by Clive Miller of RNIB who produces a day by day listing for all terrestrial channels. The link to his listing, which is much more accessible than mine for the partially sighted, has been revised, as follows: TV Help Audio Description. Clive has now produced new listings of ALL the Audio described programs you can get on a SKY digibox. I strongly recommend a visit to the site.

Freeview: BBC, ITV, FIVE, etc

The details are on the TV listings page.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Don't forget to check whether your area can receive Freeview before spending any money! (mine can't). Go to the Freeview web site.
And if you can't get Freeview directly, you can get it by satellite with a Sky subscription.


Films showing on Freeview Channels:

Friday 15th November: Channel 4 (4) Saturday 1:05am She's Funny That Way (Certificate 12). (1 hour 35 minutes);
Friday 15th November: ITV2 (6) 9:00pm The World's End (Certificate 15): Sci-fi comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, 2013. Five friends recreate their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, but not everything about their home town is as it seems. (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour 5 minutes);
Friday 15th November: ITV3 (10) 8:00pm The Theory of Everything (Certificate 12): Oscar-winning drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, 2014. The story of celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, the arts student that he fell in love with. (2 hours 30 minutes);
Friday 15th November: E4 (13) 9:00pm The Twilight Saga: Breaking. Dawn Part Two: (2012) Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in the final chapter of the horror-romance. Also starring Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen, Peter Facinelli and Billy Burke. (2 hours 20 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4 (14) 1:10pm The Last Command (Certificate PG): (1955) Western. Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson and Arthur Hunnicutt play Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and William B Travis in Frank Lloyd's version of the legendary Battle of the Alamo. (2 hours 10 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4 (14) 9:00pm A Million Ways to Die in the West (Certificate 15): (2014) Gross-out comedy western with Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson. A shepherd about to abandon the Wild West falls in love. Strong, crude language, sex, violence, drugs. (2 hours 15 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4 (14) 11:15pm Dredd (Certificate 18): (2012) Fantastica: Sci-fi thriller. Brutal lawman Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and a recruit (Olivia Thirlby) are ambushed by a sadistic criminal (Lena Headey). Strong language, gory violence. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4 (14) Saturday 1:05am RoboCop (Certificate 12): (2014) Fantastica: Violent reboot of the 1987 sci-fi classic. Joel Kinnaman stars as a severely injured cop who is turned into a crime-fighting cyborg. With Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman. (2 hours 15 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Channel 4+1 (15) Saturday 2:05am She's Funny That Way (Certificate 12). (1 hour 35 minutes);
Friday 15th November: More 4 (18) Saturday 12:30am Triple 9: (2016) Violent action thriller with Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor. A Russian mobster's ruthless wife pressures gangsters to stage a dangerous heist. Sex, drugs, very strong language. (2 hours 15 minutes);
Friday 15th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 10:00pm The World's End (Certificate 15): Sci-fi comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, 2013. Five friends recreate their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier, but not everything about their home town is as it seems. (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour 5 minutes);
Friday 15th November: E4+1 (28) 10:00pm The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two: (2012) Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson star in the final chapter of the horror-romance. Also starring Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen, Peter Facinelli and Billy Burke. (2 hours 20 minutes);
Friday 15th November: ITV3+1 (34) 9:00pm The Theory of Everything: Oscar-winning drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, 2014. The story of celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, the arts student that he fell in love with. (2 hours 30 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4+1 (45) 2:10pm The Last Command (Certificate PG): (1955) Western. Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson and Arthur Hunnicutt play Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett and William B Travis in Frank Lloyd's version of the legendary Battle of the Alamo. (2 hours 10 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4+1 (45) 10:00pm A Million Ways to Die in the West (Certificate 15): (2014) Gross-out comedy western with Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson. A shepherd about to abandon the Wild West falls in love. Strong, crude language, sex, violence, drugs. (2 hours 15 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4+1 (45) 12:15am Dredd (Certificate 18): (2012) Fantastica: Sci-fi thriller. Brutal lawman Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and a recruit (Olivia Thirlby) are ambushed by a sadistic criminal (Lena Headey). Strong language, gory violence. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Friday 15th November: Film4+1 (45) Saturday 2:05am RoboCop (Certificate 12): (2014) Fantastica: Violent reboot of the 1987 sci-fi classic. Joel Kinnaman stars as a severely injured cop who is turned into a crime-fighting cyborg. With Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman. (2 hours 15 minutes);
Friday 15th November: More4+1 (86) Saturday 1:30am Triple 9: (2016) Violent action thriller with Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor. A Russian mobster's ruthless wife pressures gangsters to stage a dangerous heist. Sex, drugs, very strong language. (2 hours 15 minutes);
Friday 15th November: CITV (203) 4:30pm Despicable Me 2: Family comedy sequel featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Benjamin Bratt, 2013. Gru is recruited by a team of officials to stop an evil threat. (2 hours);
Saturday 16th November: BBC ONE (1) 11:35pm Guardians of the Galaxy (Certificate 12): Sci-fi action adventure. Happy-go-lucky human Peter Quill steals an orb of great power, making him some dangerous enemies - but his alien 'friends' prove just as treacherous. (1 hour 55 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: Channel 4 (4) 8:00pm Independence Day (Certificate 12): (1996) Sci-fi action-thriller. A US Air Force pilot (Will Smith) and a scientist (Jeff Goldblum) battle aliens who have begun destroying Earth's cities and stripping its resources. (2 hours 50 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: ITV2 (6) 3:00pm Spy Kids: Action adventure starring Antonio Banderas and Alexa PenaVega, 2001. The children of two of the world's greatest secret agents are forced into a mission to save them. (1 hour)(50 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: ITV2 (6) 7:00pm The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Certificate 12). Fantasy sequel starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, 2014. When the dragon Smaug leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Laketown face a deadly threat. (1 hour)(1 hour 35 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: E4 (13) 9:00pm Ride Along: (2014) Comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. To prove to his girlfriend's detective brother that he's worthy of her, a slacker agrees to spend a day helping to police Atlanta's streets. (2 hours);
Saturday 16th November: Film4 (14) 11:00am White Christmas (Certificate U): (1954) Classic festive musical. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as ex-servicemen who stage a musical to save their former commanding officer's skiing business. With Rosemary Clooney. (2 hours 25 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: Film4 (14) 6:45pm G.I. Joe (Certificate 12): The Rise of Cobra: (2009) Fantastica: Violent adventure with Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Christopher Eccleston. Terrorists steal a devastating weapon. Can the GI Joes, can stop them from using it? (2 hours 15 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: Film4 (14) 9:00pm Kingsman: The Secret Service (Certificate 15): (2014) Fantastica: Violent action-comedy with Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L Jackson. A lad joins a secret society of immaculately dressed special agents. Strong language. (2 hours 35 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: Channel 4+1 (15) 9:00pm Independence Day (Certificate 12): (1996) Sci-fi action-thriller. A US Air Force pilot (Will Smith) and a scientist (Jeff Goldblum) battle aliens who have begun destroying Earth's cities and stripping its resources. (2 hours 50 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: ITV4 (24) 2:20pm The Way West: Western starring Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum, 1967. A megalomaniac former US senator leads a wagon train to Oregon, but some settlers oppose his leadership. (1 hour 10 minutes)(1 hour 10 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: ITV4 (24) 4:45pm The Magnificent Seven Ride: Western sequel starring Lee Van Cleef and Stefanie Powers, 1972. Marshal Chris Adams recruits a prison gang to help him catch a gang of Mexican bandits who have kidnapped his wife. (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour);
Saturday 16th November: ITV4 (24) 6:55pm Cahill U.S. Marshal: Western starring John Wayne and George Kennedy, 1973. A tough US Marshal faces a dilemma when his two sons become part of a gang and go on to rob a bank. (1 hour)(1 hour);
Saturday 16th November: ITV4 (24) 10:00pm Ronin (Certificate 15): Action thriller starring Robert De Niro and Jean Reno, 1998. A mysterious woman forms a team of mercenaries in order to steal a briefcase away from her international rivals. (1 hour 10 minutes)(1 hour 15 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 4:00pm Spy Kids: Action adventure starring Antonio Banderas and Alexa PenaVega, 2001. The children of two of the world's greatest secret agents are forced into a mission to save them. (1 hour)(50 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 8:00pm The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Certificate 12). Fantasy sequel starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, 2014. When the dragon Smaug leaves the Lonely Mountain, the people of Laketown face a deadly threat. (1 hour)(1 hour 35 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: E4+1 (28) 10:00pm Ride Along: (2014) Comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. To prove to his girlfriend's detective brother that he's worthy of her, a slacker agrees to spend a day helping to police Atlanta's streets. (2 hours);
Saturday 16th November: Film4+1 (45) 12:00pm White Christmas (Certificate U): (1954) Classic festive musical. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as ex-servicemen who stage a musical to save their former commanding officer's skiing business. With Rosemary Clooney. (2 hours 25 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: Film4+1 (45) 7:45pm G.I. Joe (Certificate 12): The Rise of Cobra: (2009) Fantastica: Violent adventure with Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller and Christopher Eccleston. Terrorists steal a devastating weapon. Can the GI Joes, can stop them from using it? (2 hours 15 minutes);
Saturday 16th November: Film4+1 (45) 10:00pm Kingsman: The Secret Service (Certificate 15): (2014) Fantastica: Violent action-comedy with Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L Jackson. A lad joins a secret society of immaculately dressed special agents. Strong language. (2 hours 35 minutes).

VIP on Air is now Insight Radio.

It remains accessible on the Internet as RNIB Connect Radio, at http://www.insightradio-net.com/, but is also available on FM radio at 101 FM.

ABOUT INSIGHT RADIO
Insight Radio is the new name for Europe's first radio station dedicated to the blind and partially sighted community. Programmes are broadcast via this website and for listeners in Glasgow and surrounding areas on 101FM.

Insight Radio provides a bespoke service tailored to the blind and partially sighted listener and we welcome your comments and feedback on our programmes.

If you or someone you know is blind or partially sighted and want to get involved in radio or gain some experience in radio programme making, production, research ... get in touch with the Insight Radio team for more details. Information on how to CONTACT INSIGHT RADIO is available here.


Thanks to all the theatres and galleries who contribute information!