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


National Galleries of Scotland:

2017 - 2018 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.

His Majesty's returns to the newly refurbished Theatre with an extensive programme of audio description:

No audio descriptions notified.


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.

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Netherbow Theatre. (The Scottish Storytelling Centre)

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Festival & Kings Theatres

Shows at EFT:

Greek;
Don Giovanni;
Macbeth.

Shows at the Kings:

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh International Festival

Greek;
Don Giovanni;
Macbeth.


Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2016 Season not yet available.


Edinburgh : Military Tattoo

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Playhouse

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Royal Lyceum

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Theatre Workshop.

No audio descriptions notified.


Edinburgh Traverse.

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Kings Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Theatre Royal.

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Tramway Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Glasgow Tron Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.


Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

No audio descriptions notified.


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.


Perth Theatre

No audio descriptions notified.

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

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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

No audio descriptions notified.


Aberdeen Queens Link Cineworld

Friday 17 - Thursday 23 November 2017:
A Bad Mom’s Christmas (15);
Murder on the Orient Express (12A);
Paddington 2 (U);
Thor: Ragnarok (12);
Friday 17, Monday 20 - Thursday 23 November 2017:
Only The Brave (12A).


Aberdeen Vue Cinema

Friday 17 - Thursday 23 November 2017:
Justice League (12A);
Friday 17 - Sunday 19, Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 November 2017:
Murder on the Orient Express (12A);
Friday 17, Saturday 18, Tuesday 21 - Thursday 23 November 2017:
Thor: Ragnarok (12);
Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 November 2017:
Daddy’s Home 2 (12A);
Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Tuesday 21 November 2017:
Jigsaw (18);
Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Thursday 23 November 2017:
Paddington 2 (U);
Saturday 18, Sunday 19 November 2017:
The Jungle Bunch (U);
Saturday 18, Monday 20 - Wednesday 22 November 2017:
Paw Patrol: Big Screen Tails (U);
Saturday 18, Monday 20, Wednesday 22 November 2017:
A Bad Mom’s Christmas (15);
Monday 20, Thursday 23 November 2017:
The Death Of Stalin (15).


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

Monday 14 August:
Visible Cinema: The Levelling (15).


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 18th November: BBC TWO (2)Sunday 1:20am Badlands (Certificate 18): Drama about a young couple (Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek) who embark on a killing spree, hiding out in the badlands as the law closes in on them. Contains adult themes. Also in HD. (1 hour 30 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: STV (3) 10:55pm First Blood (Certificate 15). (1 hour 45 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Channel 4 (4) 9:00pm Lucy: (2014) Violent sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. A woman gains extraordinary strength, intelligence and mental powers when she's exposed to a huge dose of a wonder drug. (1 hour 45 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Channel 4 (4) 10:45pm R.I.P.D. (Certificate 12): (2013) Violent supernatural action with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. After he's killed, a Boston cop's spirit partners a Wild West sheriff's ghost to police undead criminals on Earth. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: ITV2 (6) 2:00pm Beethoven's 2nd: Family comedy sequel starring Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt, 1993. St Bernard dog Beethoven discovers love as he turns his attention to Missy and soon four puppies arrive (1 hour)(45 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: ITV2 (6) 3:50pm Step Up: Romantic musical drama starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, 2006. A ballet student at an elite academy asks a hip-hop loving street kid to help her devise her final exam piece (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour);
Saturday 18th November: Channel 4+1 (13) 10:00pm Lucy: (2014) Violent sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. A woman gains extraordinary strength, intelligence and mental powers when she's exposed to a huge dose of a wonder drug. (1 hour 45 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Channel 4+1 (13) 11:45pm R.I.P.D. (Certificate 12): (2013) Violent supernatural action with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. After he's killed, a Boston cop's spirit partners a Wild West sheriff's ghost to police undead criminals on Earth. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Film4 (15) 1:00pm Picture Perfect (Certificate PG): (1997) Romcom starring Jennifer Aniston and Jay Mohr. An ambitious woman's life goes awry when she fakes her engagement to a wedding photographer in order to get a promotion. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Film4 (15) 5:05pm Rio (Certificate U): (2011) Animated family fun from the director of the Ice Age films. The adventures begin when a pampered and very rare pet bird is sent to Brazil to help save his species from extinction. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Film4 (15) 6:55pm Dante's Peak (Certificate 12): (1997) Action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton. A scientist's warning that a volcano is set to erupt is unwisely ignored by the inhabitants of the resort on its slopes. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: ITV4 (24) 10:05pm American Gangster (Certificate 18). (3 hours 10 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 3:00pm Beethoven's 2nd: Family comedy sequel starring Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt, 1993. St Bernard dog Beethoven discovers love as he turns his attention to Missy and soon four puppies arrive (1 hour)(45 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 4:50pm Step Up: Romantic musical drama starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, 2006. A ballet student at an elite academy asks a hip-hop loving street kid to help her devise her final exam piece (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour);
Saturday 18th November: E4 (28) 9:00pm The Mechanic (Certificate 15): (2011) Thriller. Jason Statham plays a hitman who, ordered to kill his mentor, then takes on the dead man's son (Ben Foster) as an apprentice. Brutal violence, strong language, sexual scenes. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: E4+1 (29) 10:00pm The Mechanic (Certificate 15): (2011) Thriller. Jason Statham plays a hitman who, ordered to kill his mentor, then takes on the dead man's son (Ben Foster) as an apprentice. Brutal violence, strong language, sexual scenes. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: 5STAR (30) 4:40pm The Fifth Element. (2 hours 30 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Film4+1 (45) 2:00pm Picture Perfect (Certificate PG): (1997) Romcom starring Jennifer Aniston and Jay Mohr. An ambitious woman's life goes awry when she fakes her engagement to a wedding photographer in order to get a promotion. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Film4+1 (45) 6:05pm Rio (Certificate U): (2011) Animated family fun from the director of the Ice Age films. The adventures begin when a pampered and very rare pet bird is sent to Brazil to help save his species from extinction. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Saturday 18th November: Film4+1 (45) 7:55pm Dante's Peak (Certificate 12): (1997) Action thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton. A scientist's warning that a volcano is set to erupt is unwisely ignored by the inhabitants of the resort on its slopes. (2 hours 5 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: STV (3) 11:05am Carry On Screaming (Certificate PG): Horror spoof starring Harry H Corbett and Kenneth Williams, 1966. The search for several missing women leads two bumbling Victorian detectives to the eerie house of Dr Watt (1 hour 50 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Channel 4 (4) 3:00pm Mr Popper's Penguins (Certificate PG): (2011) Family comedy. Jim Carrey stars as a work-obsessed New York property developer whose life is turned upside down when he receives a crate containing six live penguins. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Channel 4 (4) 5:20pm Men in Black II (Certificate PG): (2002) Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith star in the boisterous action sequel to their sci-fi comedy about US government agents who secretly protect Earth from extraterrestrial criminals. (1 hour 40 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: ITV2 (6) 3:15pm Happy Feet Two: Animated adventure, 2011. The tap dancing penguin's son finds it difficult to work out what his special skill is (1 hour)(1 hour);
Sunday 19th November: ITV2 (6) 5:20pm Despicable Me: Animation starring Steve Carell and Jason Segel, 2010. A criminal mastermind has to choose between stealing the moon or caring for three orphans (1 hour)(45 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: ITV2 (6) 7:10pm Inception (Certificate 12): Sci-fi action adventure starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe, 2010. A thief who can enter the subconscious of his targets and steal ideas embarks on his final mission (1 hour)(2 hours);
Sunday 19th November: ITV3 (10) 10:10pm The Theory of Everything (Certificate 12): Moving biographical drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, 2014. A look at the relationship between British physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour 15 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Channel 4+1 (13) 4:00pm Mr Popper's Penguins (Certificate PG): (2011) Family comedy. Jim Carrey stars as a work-obsessed New York property developer whose life is turned upside down when he receives a crate containing six live penguins. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Channel 4+1 (13) 6:20pm Men in Black II (Certificate PG): (2002) Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith star in the boisterous action sequel to their sci-fi comedy about US government agents who secretly protect Earth from extraterrestrial criminals. (1 hour 40 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Film4 (15) 7:00pm The Cold Light of Day (Certificate 15): (2012) Intense action thriller. Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill star in a tale of secret identities, a kidnapped family and deadly pursuit in Spain. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Film4 (15) 9:00pm Exodus: Gods and Kings (Certificate 12): (2014) Fantastica: Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star in Ridley Scott's account of Moses' attempt to free the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery and lead them to the Promised Land. Violence. (2 hours 55 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: ITV4 (24) 4:00pm The Alamo: Historical drama starring John Wayne and Richard Widmark, 1960. The saga of the 1836 defence of the Alamo, when a 187-strong garrison fought to save Texas from a Mexican army (1 hour)(2 hours 10 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: ITV4 (24) 9:00pm Cliffhanger (Certificate 15): Outdoor action thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow, 1993. A mountain rescuer is pitted against criminals looking for their $100m dollar stash in the Rockies (1 hour)(1 hour 10 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: ITV4 (24) 11:15pm Hard to Kill: Action drama set in LA starring Steven Seagal and Kelly LeBrock, 1990. A cop is determined to exact revenge on the corrupt colleagues who shot his family and put him in a coma (1 hour)(1 hour);
Sunday 19th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 4:15pm Happy Feet Two: Animated adventure, 2011. The tap dancing penguin's son finds it difficult to work out what his special skill is (1 hour)(1 hour);
Sunday 19th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 6:20pm Despicable Me: Animation starring Steve Carell and Jason Segel, 2010. A criminal mastermind has to choose between stealing the moon or caring for three orphans (1 hour)(45 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: ITV2 +1 (27) 8:10pm Inception (Certificate 12): Sci-fi action adventure starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe, 2010. A thief who can enter the subconscious of his targets and steal ideas embarks on his final mission (1 hour)(2 hours);
Sunday 19th November: ITV +1 (33) 12:05pm Carry On Screaming: Horror spoof starring Harry H Corbett and Kenneth Williams, 1966. The search for several missing women leads two bumbling Victorian detectives to the eerie house of Dr Watt (1 hour 50 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: ITV3+1 (34) 11:10pm The Theory of Everything (Certificate 12): Moving biographical drama starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, 2014. A look at the relationship between British physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane (1 hour 5 minutes)(1 hour 15 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Film4+1 (45) 8:00pm The Cold Light of Day (Certificate 15): (2012) Intense action thriller. Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill star in a tale of secret identities, a kidnapped family and deadly pursuit in Spain. (1 hour 50 minutes);
Sunday 19th November: Film4+1 (45) 10:00pm Exodus: Gods and Kings (Certificate 12): (2014) Fantastica: Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton star in Ridley Scott's account of Moses' attempt to free the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery and lead them to the Promised Land. Violence. (2 hours 55 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!