Top tactile and audio picks from our theatre book
April 14, 2016

If you are blind or partiality sighted and looking for a an enjoyable guide to the theatre why not borrow our tactile and audio book Spotlight on the Stage from our free library.  It’s packed full of famous British actors and each lend their voices to the story of theatre, describe the tactile pictures and provide behind the scenes anecdotes and insights.

Listen to Greg Wise introduce the book with a taster of what’s inside:

Here’s our top pick of the tactile pictures:

David Tennant, famous for his TV role at the Doctor in Doctor Who, starred as  Hamlet in this critically acclaimed RSC production which was set in modern-day. The tactile picture of Tennant holding the skull shows how costume and staging play a pivotal role in characterisation.

David Tennant tactile image

We were delighted to be able to include a scene from Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, performed at the National Theatre. In this scene the Creature is angry at Frankenstein for creating his monstrous figure and life of misery, without love . In a violent rage the Creature cries out, ” I will not rest until I desolate your heart”.

Frankenstein tactile

Musical theatre is hugely popular and so we have dedicated two audio guides to the history of musical theatre and the fantastic array of all singing, all dancing West End shows on offer. This tactile image depicts a scene from Wicked between the lead characters Glinda and Elphaba. Star of the show, Savannah Stevenson, lends her wonderful voice to the audio guide and describes the glittery make-up, hair and costume she put on for her role as Glinda.

Wicked tactile

We explores the history of theatre and iconic plays and playwrights in various chapters on the audio guide. In this tactile picture and audio guide we talk about  theatre in post-war Britain.  Simon Callow leads an exploration of the extraordinary Beckett play, Waiting for Godot, whilst describing the tactile picture which shows Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in the Haymarket Theatre production. Simon also gives his own personal account of being in the play as Pozzo.

Waiting for godot tactile

The National Theatre’s moving adaptation of Michael Morpugo’s novel, War Horse, has brought new audiences to the theatre. The use of incredibly life-like puppets, song, powerful imagery and a heart-warming story all make for a moving experience.  Our tactile lets you explore the figure of the horse, Joey, from War Horse and hear how the puppets are worked and integrated into the production.

War Horse tactile image


Albert and Joey go for a run, Warhorse

As well as actors sharing their theatre stories, we have backstage crew talk us through costume, sound and lighting and much more. Plus audience member Alison Clark shares her experience of audio description:

Borrow Spotlight on the Stage, a star studded tactile and audio guide to theatre from our free library.


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