1 October 2021


Following the lengthy hiatus in public performances due to the Corona Virus, and therefore audio descriptions, the question has arisen whether the maintenance of the Diary in the form it has had for almost 20 years is still worth the considerable effort involved, and given that the writer is now nearer 90 than 80, it seems the right time to enter semi retirement

The daily DIARY OF AUDIODESCRIBED TV broadcasts, which gives a Scottish version of the RNIB's TVhelp, has continued throughout the pandemic, and will continue for the foreseeable future.

CINEMA and THEATRE listings will be replaced by links to venues and other useful sources.

The MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES page will continue for the time being, dependent on supply of information.


Galleries and Museums


Galleries and Museums

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.

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.

Edinburgh Festival, Kings & Studo Theatres

Edinburgh International Festival

No audio descriptions notified.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Thank you to everyone who made Fringe 2021 spectacular. We'll see you next year – from 05 to 29 August 2022 – for our 75th anniversary!.

Edinburgh : Military Tattoo

The event will return to the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade from 5th - 27th August 2022.

Edinburgh Playhouse

No audio descriptions notified.

Edinburgh Royal Lyceum

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.

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Kirkcaldy Adam Smith Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.

Musselburgh Brunton Theatre.

No audio descriptions notified.

National Theatre of Scotland.

Touring company: for audio description see individual shows.

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 Ballet

Scottish Opera

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

Aberdeen Cineworld Union Square

Aberdeen Queens Link Cineworld

Aberdeen Vue Cinema

Ayr Odeon

Dundee Cineworld

Dundee Odeon

Dunfermline Odeon

East Kilbride Odeon

Edinburgh Cineworld

Edinburgh Filmhouse

Edinburgh Ocean Terminal Vue Cinema

Edinburgh Odeon Lothian Road

Edinburgh Vue Cinema (Omni)

Edinburgh Odeon Wester Hailes

Falkirk Cineworld

Falkirk Cineworld

Glasgow Braehead Odeon

Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Parkhead Cineworld

Glasgow Cineworld Renfrew Street

Glasgow Springfield Quay Odeon

Hamilton Vue Cinema

Eden Court Cinema, Inverness.

Inverness Vue Cinema

Kilmarnock Odeon

Livingston Vue Cinema

the macrobert filmhouse on Stirling University campus

Stirling Vue Cinema

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

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.

Don't forget to check whether your area can receive Freeview before spending any money!. 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:

Tuesday 18th January

Wednesday 19th January

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.

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!