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


National Galleries of Scotland:

2019 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

Friday 24 - Thursday 30 May 2019:
Aladdin (PG);
Aladdin 3D (PG);
Avengers: Endgame (12A);
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (15);
POKEMON Detective Pikachu (PG);
Rocketman (15);
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (U);
Friday 24 - Tuesday 28 May 2019:
Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (U);
The Hustle (12A);
The Secret Life of Pets 2 3D (U);
Friday 24, Monday 27, Tuesday 28 May 2019:
Long Shot (15);
Saturday 25, Sunday 26 May 2019:
Luis and the Aliens (U);
The LEGO Movie 2 (U);
Monday 27 - Thursday 30 May 2019:
Booksmart (15);
Monday 27, Tuesday 28 May 2019:
Beats (18);
Tolkien (12A);
Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 May 20197:
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (12A);
Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3D (12A).


Aberdeen Queens Link Cineworld

Friday 24 - Thursday 30 May 2019:
Aladdin (PG);
Aladdin 3D (PG);
Avengers: Endgame (12A);
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (15);
POKEMON Detective Pikachu (PG);
Rocketman (15);
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (U);
Friday 24, Monday 27, Tuesday 28 May 2019:
The Hustle (12A);
Saturday 25 - Tuesday 28 May 2019:
Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups (U);
Saturday 25, Sunday 26 May 2019:
A Dog’s Journey (PG);
Luis and the Aliens (U);
The LEGO Movie 2 (U);
Wednesday 29, Thursday 30 May 20197:
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (12A);
Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3D (12A).


Aberdeen Vue Cinema

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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

Friday 24 - Thursday 30 May 2019:
Beats (18);
Tolkien (12A).


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:

Saturday 25th May: BBC ONE (1) 5:45pm Inside Out (Certificate U): Critically acclaimed animation. The five emotions living in young Riley's brain all battle to avoid a complete meltdown as she struggles to process her new life in San Francisco. (1 hour 30 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: BBC ONE (1) 11:00pm The Full Monty (Certificate 15): Blockbuster comedy about a group of unemployed Sheffield steelworkers who turn to stripping to try to escape the poverty trap into which they have fallen. Contains strong language. (1 hour 25 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: STV (3) 1:15pm The Scorpion King (Certificate 12): Fantasy adventure starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, 2002. In Ancient Egypt, a desert warrior is hired to bring an end to the oppression of an evil ruler. (1 hour 45 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: STV (3) 10:30pm Fast & Furious 5 (Certificate 12): Action sequel starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, 2011. Former agent Brian O'Conner and his team must do one last job in order to gain their freedom. (2 hours 20 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Channel 4 (4) 9:00pm Thor (Certificate 12): (2011) Action fantasy. When Thor, the Norse god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth), is banished to Earth for causing conflict, his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plans a coup. Violence. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Channel 4 (4) 11:05pm Conan the Barbarian (Certificate 15): (2011) Fantasy action-adventure. Jason Momoa stars as Conan, who sets out to kill the evil warlord who massacred his village when he was a youth. Gory violence, sexual scenes. (2 hours);
Saturday 25th May: ITV2 (6) 3:05pm Babe: Family fantasy starring James Cromwell, 1995. When Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet at a county fair, he discovers that there is more to the newly-won Babe than meets the eye... (1 hour 5 minutes)(40 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV2 (6) 4:55pm Minions: Animation featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, 2015. Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by super-villain Scarlet Overkill to help take over the world. (1 hour)(50 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV2 (6) 6:50pm Jurassic World (Certificate 12): Adventure sequel starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, 2015. A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park, but a new threat rises with it... (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour 15 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Channel 4+1 (13) 10:00pm Thor (Certificate 12): (2011) Action fantasy. When Thor, the Norse god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth), is banished to Earth for causing conflict, his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) plans a coup. Violence. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Film4 (15) 4:55pm Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Certificate 12): (2014) Ben Stiller stars in the third part of the adventure comedy franchise. Larry the nightwatchman has to visit London to find a way to keep his museum exhibit chums alive. (1 hour 55 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Film4 (15) 9:00pm Dirty Grandpa (Certificate 15): (2016) Brash comedy with Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza and Zoey Deutch. A man tricks his grandson into taking him on a debauched road trip. Sex, nudity, drugs, very strong language. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Film4 (15) 11:05pm Morgan (Certificate 15): (2016) Sci-fi horror starring Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy. A company must decide whether to continue their experiment when their artificial human turns violent. Strong language, violence. (1 hour 45 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV4 (24) 11:10am Aces High: Action starring Malcolm McDowell and Christopher Plummer, 1976. A Flying Corps pilot arrives on the Western front in the First World War and finds a team of struggling officers. (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour 10 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV4 (24) 7:25pm Live and Let Die: Bond movie starring Roger Moore and Jane Seymour, 1973. James Bond goes up against tyrannical heroin magnate 'Mr Big'. (1 hour)(1 hour 25 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV4 (24) 9:55pm Conan The Destroyer: Fantasy action-adventure sequel starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Grace Jones, 1984. Conan the Barbarian leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest to rescue a princess. (1 hour)(1 hour);
Saturday 25th May: ITV2 +1 (27) 4:05pm Babe: Family fantasy starring James Cromwell, 1995. When Farmer Hoggett wins a piglet at a county fair, he discovers that there is more to the newly-won Babe than meets the eye... (1 hour 5 minutes)(40 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV2 +1 (27) 5:55pm Minions: Animation featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, 2015. Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by super-villain Scarlet Overkill to help take over the world. (1 hour)(50 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV2 +1 (27) 7:50pm Jurassic World (Certificate 12): Adventure sequel starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, 2015. A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park, but a new threat rises with it... (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour 15 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: E4 (28) 1:00pm Titanic: (1997) Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in James Cameron's Oscar-winning epic as lovers from across the social divide who meet on the ocean liner that's heading for terrible tragedy. (3 hours 45 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: E4 (28) 9:00pm Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: (2011) Part four of the action-thriller franchise starring Tom Cruise. The Impossible Missions Force fight to clear their name and save humankind from a nuclear war. (2 hours 35 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: E4+1 (29) 2:00pm Titanic: (1997) Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star in James Cameron's Oscar-winning epic as lovers from across the social divide who meet on the ocean liner that's heading for terrible tragedy. (3 hours 45 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: E4+1 (29) 10:00pm Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: (2011) Part four of the action-thriller franchise starring Tom Cruise. The Impossible Missions Force fight to clear their name and save humankind from a nuclear war. (2 hours 35 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: 5STAR (30) 12:45pm Annie: Family comedy starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis. A young orphan is taken in by a wealthy mayoral candidate who has spotted a questionable way to win votes. (2014) (1 hour)(1 hour 15 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: 5STAR (30) 7:00pm Goosebumps: Family adventure starring Jack Black and Dylan Minnette. After freeing the monsters living in a series of books, a teenager must work with the author to retrieve them. (2015) (1 hour 5 minutes)(50 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV +1 (33) 2:15pm The Scorpion King (Certificate 12): Fantasy adventure starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, 2002. In Ancient Egypt, a desert warrior is hired to bring an end to the oppression of an evil ruler. (1 hour 45 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: ITV +1 (33) 11:30pm Fast & Furious 5 (Certificate 12): Action sequel starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, 2011. Former agent Brian O'Conner and his team must do one last job in order to gain their freedom. (2 hours 20 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Film4+1 (45) 5:55pm Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Certificate 12): (2014) Ben Stiller stars in the third part of the adventure comedy franchise. Larry the nightwatchman has to visit London to find a way to keep his museum exhibit chums alive. (1 hour 55 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Film4+1 (45) 10:00pm Dirty Grandpa (Certificate 15): (2016) Brash comedy with Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Aubrey Plaza and Zoey Deutch. A man tricks his grandson into taking him on a debauched road trip. Sex, nudity, drugs, very strong language. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Saturday 25th May: Film4+1 (45) Sunday 12:05am Morgan (Certificate 15): (2016) Sci-fi horror starring Kate Mara and Anya Taylor-Joy. A company must decide whether to continue their experiment when their artificial human turns violent. Strong language, violence. (1 hour 45 minutes).

VIP on Air is now Insight Radio.

It remains accessible on the Internet, 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!