Roz Chalmers, Merlin Holland, David Charles Manners, David Waterman
Libby Purves meets audio describer Roz Chalmers; Merlin Holland, grandson of Oscar Wilde; writer and yoga teacher David Charles Manners and cellist David Waterman.
Libby Purves meets audio describer Roz Chalmers; Merlin Holland, grandson of Oscar Wilde; writer and yoga teacher David Charles Manners and David Waterman of the Endellion String Quartet.
Roz Chalmers is an audio describer. She provides live or recorded and captioned performances for blind or partially sighted and deaf audiences. She also leads backstage touch tours which allow audiences to meet actors and touch costumes and props. She has worked on a range of productions including the Old Vic's Noises Off and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. She is currently working on The Silver Tassie at the National Theatre.
Merlin Holland is a writer and editor and the only grandson of Oscar Wilde. Merlin co-wrote The Trials of Oscar Wilde which brings alive his grandfather's courtroom appearances in his libel and criminal trials using the actual words spoken in court. The play features court transcripts and letters discovered in 2000. The Trials of Oscar Wilde is on a UK tour.
David Charles Manners is a physiotherapist and yoga teacher who works with musicians, singers and conductors. Some 25 years ago he travelled to the Himalayas where a chance encounter with a Nepalese shaman changed his life. He took part in initiation ceremonies involving the ancient mountain tradition of Shaiva Tantra Yoga and writes about his experiences in his book, Limitless Sky - Life Lessons from the Himalayas, published by Rider Books.
David Waterman is a cellist with the Endellion String Quartet which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The quartet has worked with a range of guest artists including Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Mitsuko Uchida. The Endellions tour extensively and are performing around the country including the Proms at St Jude's festival in London.
Producer: Paula McGinley.