Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

What's On

A round up of events that are on offer in and around London or online.

August

Theatre

Bach & Sons

Date: Saturday 21 August 2021

Time: 2:30 pm

Ticket price: £25 - £69.50

Touch Tour: Tbc

Audio described by VocalEyes.

Nina Raine’s beautiful, profound and funny new play is an anthem to the art that draws us together and sings of our common humanity. Simon Russell Beale leads the cast as Johann Sebastian Bach.

Venue Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London SE1 2SG

Booking contact number 0333 320 0051

Booking contact email: [email protected]

The Two Character Play

Date: Saturday 28 August 2021

Time: 2:30 pm

Ticket price: £16

Audio described in-house

A doctor once told me that we were the bravest people he knew. I said “Why, that’s absurd, my brother and I are terrified of our shadows.” And he said, “Yes, I know, and that’s why I admire your courage so much

Fellow actors, and brother and sister, Felice and Clare have been on tour far too long.  Abandoned by the rest of their troupe, all that’s left is each other, an empty stage and an expectant audience.  They will have to adapt accordingly and perform the only appropriate work in their repertoire: The Two Character Play…

Tennessee Williams, one of the world’s great dramatists, referred to his innovative psychological thriller, as ‘the very heart of my life’.  The Two Character Play returns to Hampstead for the first time since receiving its World Premiere here in 1967.

Please note that the audio description for this performance is not delivered by VocalEyes. Every effort has been made to ensure that these details are correct; however, please do double-check with the venue for the availability of introductory notes and touch tours when booking.

Venue Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3EU

Booking contact number 020 7722 9301

Audio Description tour: Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern

Yayoi Kusama in America, with Guide Lisa Squirrel

Venue: Tate Modern

Date: Monday 23rd August 2021

Timings:

Arrivals and refreshments: from 17.15

Exhibition opens: 18.00

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Rooms Exhibition Tour: 18.15 – 19.15

Exhibition closes: 20.00

This is a free event

Join us on an exclusive out of hours tour of artist Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. We will be able to walk inside the two pavilions which are mirrored on all interior sides, creating an infinite number of beautiful reflections, like stars, going off in every direction.

Lisa will also describe Kusama’s upbringing in Japan, her life and work in Manhattan from 1957 – 1977, and her present day life and world-wide acclaim

Lisa will use audio description to bring to life these mesmerising pavilions full of tiny lights, and although there will be little actual touching opportunity at this tour we hope that everybody might enjoy the thrilling experience of walking through these stunningly beautiful installations. Please note, one pavilion features a narrow walkway across a water floor, but attendants will be on hand to guide you and prevent you from stepping into the water.

Booking arrangements:

All you need to do is to email [email protected] indicating your wish to attend the tour.

We have 20 places available.

Booking is now essential for Tate tours as we need to manage capacity.

Please could you indicate if you will be bringing an access companion.

Your name will be on a guest list on arrival.

Support:

If you would prefer to phone to reserve your place please feel very welcome to contact me on 07733110244

Tate Visitor Assistants and Volunteer Entrance hosts will be available to guide inside the building.

Lisa will be using a microphone radio transmitter, and earphones will be provided for anyone who would like additional hearing support.

Support will be available at the end of the event to find a taxi outside.

Covid safety:

We will be using Ramble Tags to guide anybody who needs arm on arm guiding.

All Tate staff will wear masks or face visors.

Sponsorship: this tour and the Yayoi Kusama exhibition Access programme is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art

Eye Matter

Eye Matter has decided to reduce the number of sessions running in August. This is so that everyone who has been working so hard can take a step back and enjoy some summertime.

We look forward to being back in full swing with all of you in September!

The following session is going ahead in August:

Thursday 26th August 11am Bookworms hosted by Kevin

Saturday 8pm till late Sensational Saturdays

Join Desen and Fatma AKA the new Ant and Dec

For a fun and crazy Saturday night

For joining information please call Eye Matter on 07523266421 or email [email protected]

September

Esme’s Virtual Friends Charles Bonnet Syndrome support group

We will be pausing the support group for the month of August, reopening on Zoom on 9 September.

You can find out more about  Esme’s Virtual friends on London Vision’s website  www.londonvision.org

Please do get in touch if you would like to know more about living with Charles Bonnet Syndrome  [email protected]

The Royal Collection Trust

The Royal Collection trust is delighted to say that their next Descriptive Zoom session will explore a newly released portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh that was painted in the year he retired from public engagements.

New portrait of The Duke of Edinburgh released | The Royal Family

The session will start at 2pm on Wednesday 7 September and last about an hour.

Please email [email protected] to book your place.

Macular Disease Conference 2021

Registration is now open for the free virtual conference on Saturday 11 Septemeber.  To Register click here to go to the Macular website, where you also can find out more details.

What to expect:

  • All the information, expert advice and support you need to understand and live your best life with a macular condition.
  • Hear the very latest in treatments and cutting-edge research.
  • A chance to put your questions to leading experts in live Q&As
  • Tailored sessions for people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and for those with inherited retinal diseases and of working age.
  • NEW session for those newly diagnosed, friends and family.
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