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Hairspray

Hairspray (an Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
23rd October 2021

End Date:
23rd October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Hairspray (an Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email[email protected]
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Wolverhampton with a production, guaranteed to have you dancing the night away!

It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way!

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more.

Starring Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle and Norman Pace as Wilbur Turnblad.

Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!

To watch a trailer click here: https://youtu.be/7LDRk27jwY4

To book tickets click here https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hairspray/book/441650/

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

Click here to find out more about what to expect at a Audio Captioned  performance:  https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/visually-impaired-2/

Activity Alliance

News from Activity Alliance

Activity Alliance has a clear ambition, they state “It is not right or fair that disabled people are the least active in our society”

They are pleased to present their 2021-2024 strategy - Achieving Fairness. Having consulted with their members and partners to inform our strategy’s development and future direction.

One in five people in the UK considers themselves a disabled person – 14.1 million people. This represents a large proportion of our population. Sport and activity play an important role in our nation’s health so must be a level playing field for everybody. Therefore, Activity Alliance have refreshed their vision to be: 

Fairness for disabled people in sport and activity
Disabled people participate less than non-disabled people and they are also twice as likely to be inactive. We call this the fairness gap, and we aim to close this gap within a generation by focussing on these two key goals:

  1. Embedding inclusive practice into organisations
  2. Changing attitudes towards disabled people in sport and activity

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted our country and hit disabled people the hardest in many ways. Our Strategy acknowledges this situation and recognises the work in hand to overcome the extra challenges brought by the pandemic. We want disabled people to be at the heart of our nation’s recovery.

Our three-year strategy is ambitious. To achieve fairness we will work with multiple stakeholders who will unite with us to make our vision a reality. This includes an important mix of organisations and individuals across various sectors. We will also work closely with our members to prioritise disabled people’s inclusion in sport and activity. 

Everything we do will focus on these four strategic objectives: 

  1. Champion disabled people’s voices and maximise Activity Alliance’s visibility
  2. Use high-quality expertise and insight to educate and inform decision making and influence policy
  3. Address inequalities through collaboration, improving engagement and delivery with and for disabled people
  4. Maximise the use of investment and that of our partners to enable disabled people’s activity

Over the next three years and beyond, Activity Alliance will continue to push for inclusion to be at the heart of all plans in sport and activity.

We will not settle until every disabled person can reap the same physical health, mental health, and social benefits as non-disabled people.

Download Achieving Fairness – 2021-2024 Strategy at the links below:

For further information please go to Activity Alliance website: http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/

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Ammonite (with Subtitles and Audio Description)

Start Date:
5th June 2021

End Date:
5th June 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
1000

Event title: Ammonite (with Subtitles and Audio Description)
Venue: Kinokulture Cinema, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Weblink: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/
Name: Kinokulture Cinema
Email: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/contact
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Note: This film has sexual scenes.
About the film: Acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning works alone selling common fossils to tourists to support her ailing mother, but a chance job offer changes her life when a visitor hires her to care for his wife.

Watch a trailer at this link: https://cdnstatic.usheru.com/wwmtrailers/311629_high.mp4

To book tickets click this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/ammonite/kinokulture-cinema/117484875

Tickets cost £8.60

Some changes to our film show times with the introduction of some 5:30pm screenings and our evening screenings will now Start at 8pm (with the exception of Event Cinema such as Exhibition On Screen, Theatre & Ballet when they return).

We have also reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30′s, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (Again this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening, look out for these screenings of the following:

  • Nomadland,
  • Ammonite,
  • Sound Of Metal,
  • After Love and
  • Judas And The Black Messiah.

This short video tells you about the at the Safety measures we have put in  place   https://youtu.be/jlHZb1jJP-8

Nomadland

Nomadland (Audio Described and Subtitles)

Start Date:
22nd May 2021

End Date:
22nd May 2021

Start Time:
2000

End Time:
2145 approx

Event title: Nomadland (Audio Described and Subtitles)
Venue: Kinokulture Cinema, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN
Weblink: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/
Name: Kinokulture Cinema
Email: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/contact
Telephone: N/A
Event description: Note: This showing is audio described and has subtitles. It is 12A, has infrequent moderate bad language and references to suicide.

About the film: A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

To watch a YouTube trailer click here: https://cdnstatic.usheru.com/wwmtrailers/287879_high.mp4

To book tickets click this link: https://www.kinokulture.org.uk/purchase/nomadland-1/kinokulture-cinema/117484712

Some changes to our film show times with the introduction of some 5:30pm screenings and our evening screenings will now Start at 8pm (with the exception of Event Cinema such as Exhibition On Screen, Theatre & Ballet when they return).

We have also reduced the regular concession ticket price for 16-30′s, students, jobseekers & NHS workers to £6.00 and the under 16 ticket price to £4.00. (Again this does not apply to Event Cinema as these prices are set by the distributors).

When available we are introducing Audio Described subtitled screenings for the Hard Of Hearing (AD/HOH)
These will generally be on a Saturday evening, look out for these screenings of the following:

  • Nomadland,
  • Ammonite,
  • Sound Of Metal,
  • After Love and
  • Judas And The Black Messiah.
Pricilla Queen of the Desert

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Audio described Performance)

Start Date:
4th September 2021

End Date:
4th September 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
1700

Event title: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Audio described Performance)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hyppodrome
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: Audio Described Performances-
Audio-description in theatre is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. The description gives only the essential information that a visually impaired patron might miss.

About the show: Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including, Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife, Finally, It’s Raining Men, Go West and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
  • Limited availability.

NB: Seating for this production is based on a socially-distanced model at this moment in time. Please note that this may change depending on Government guidance closer to the performance date, meaning that some people may be sat next to you if it is deemed safe to do so by the latest guidance.

Ticket holders will be contacted via email ahead of the production date with full details of our latest audience safety procedures and requirements. The safety of our audiences, performers and staff remains our uttermost priority.

Please note, this is a new run of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. If you had a booking for the show in 2020, it is no longer valid and you will need to book new tickets. Please call our Ticket Sales team if you have any questions. 

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here:  https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/

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Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
2nd October 2021

End Date:
2nd October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” (Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: Note- The performance at 2.30 pm on Saturday 2nd October will have Audio Description. You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

You can also book tickets at this link: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/and-then-there-were-none/book/497644/
Click here to find out more about what to expect at an Audio Described performance: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/visually-impaired-2/

About the film: Ten strangers are lured to a solitary mansion off the coast of Devon. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear . . . “We are all being hunted.”

Directed by Lucy Bailey (Witness for the Prosecution, Love from a Stranger), this brand-new production of the bestselling crime novel of all time will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Jamie

Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
9th October 2021

End Date:
9th October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1DE
Weblink: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/
Name: Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01902 429212
Event description: The performance at 2.30 pm on Saturday 20th January will have Audio Description.

The smash-hit musical comes to Wolverhampton, featuring West End star Layton Williams, EastEnders’ much-loved Shane Richie as Hugo/Loco Chanelle and Shobna Gulati as Ray all reprising their roles from the critically acclaimed West End production.
Funny, fabulous and feelgood, this is the musical sensation for all the family and not to be missed!
Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation.

Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

With an original score of catchy pop tunes by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells and writer Tom MacRae (Doctor Who), this brand-new musical will have everybody talking about Jamie for years to come.

Sixteen: the edge of possibility. Time to make your dreams come true.

The appearance of any particular cast member cannot be guaranteed.

Age Guidance: Recommended 12+ (Contains some strong language and mild sexual references)

Watch a trailer at this linkhttps://youtu.be/dYevjWmiMnU

To book tickets click here: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/everybodys-talking-about-jamie/book/353046/

You can reserve and purchase tickets for any of our accessible performances via our Box Office, either in person or over the phone on 01902 42 92 12.

Click here to find out more about what to expect at an Audio Described performance: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/plan-your-visit/box-office/access-information/visually-impaired-2/

Nutcracker

Birmingham Royal Ballet-The Nutcracker (Audio Described)

Start Date:
20th November 2021

End Date:
20th November 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Birmingham Royal Ballet-The Nutcracker (Audio Described)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hippodrome
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: Birmingham Royal Ballet return to Birmingham Hippodrome with their evergreen production of The Nutcracker, part of Birmingham’s Christmas tradition since 1990.

Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Her magical Christmas tree and her handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers are an unforgettable delight. In this most festive ballet, gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family.

This world-famous production by Sir Peter Wright, with exquisite designs by John Macfarlane, is acclaimed as one of the best.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities:

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
  • Limited availability.

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Touch Tours
For most audio-described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes.

Assistance Dogs
If you have an assistance dog, please advise Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/

Blood-Brothers

Blood Brothers (Audio Described)

Start Date:
6th November 2021

End Date:
6th November 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
1740

Event title: Blood Brothers (Audio Described)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hippodrome
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: This performance on Saturday 6th November at 2.30 pm is audio described.

Audio Described Performances:
Audio-description in theatre is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. The description gives only the essential information that a visually impaired patron might miss.

About the show: Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail).

The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Concessions for patrons with disabilities:

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
  • Limited availability.

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Touch Tours
For most audio-described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes.

Assistance Dogs
If you have an assistance dog, please advise Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/

Hairspray

Hairspray (Audio Described Performance)

Start Date:
2nd October 2021

End Date:
2nd October 2021

Start Time:
1430

End Time:
TBC

Event title: Hairspray (Audio Described Performance)
Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB
Weblink: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/
Name: Birmingham Hippodrome
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 0121 689 1060
Event description: Audio Described Performances-
Audio-description in theatre is a live verbal commentary on the visual elements of a production as it unfolds. The description gives only the essential information that a visually impaired patron might miss.

About the Performance: It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, who has big hair, a big heart, and big dreams to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin.  When Tracy becomes a local star, she is able to use her newfound fame to fight for liberation, tolerance, and interracial unity in Baltimore. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ‘do?

This fun-filled, feel good show is bursting with show-stopping numbers, dazzling costumes, and dizzying dance-routines that you can’t help but shimmy too!

Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, Good Morning Baltimore and so many more, Hairspray is the hilarious, joyous, and uplifting musical that everyone needs right now! Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that will have you smiling for days – let your hair down and book now!

Watch a Trailer here: https://youtu.be/iI91LAnafz8

Concessions for patrons with disabilities:

  • £5 off standard price tickets in all seating areas.
  • 2 for 1 for disabled patrons who require the service/support of a companion.
  • Limited availability.

It is always best to book through our Access phone line 0121 689 1060 when booking assisted performances.

Touch Tours
For most audio-described performance we do, we have a Touch Tour that precedes the show. Touch Tours must be booked in advance through Ticket Sales. Times for the Touch Tours will be confirmed on booking. Our Touch Tours allow visually impaired patrons the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the set, props and costumes.

Assistance Dogs
If you have an assistance dog, please advise Box Office at the time of booking and they can then allocate the most appropriate seating for you or make adequate provision to care for your dog during the performance.

For information about Assisted Performances at Birmingham Hippodrome, click here: https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/plan-your-visit/access/assistedperformances/