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Life On The Edge

ice&fire Theatre - human rights stories

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A Guardian Hear Here Pick of the Week, this exciting new podcast shares with you the hidden struggles of ordinary people living #LifeOnTheEdge. Brought to you by ice&fire, the UK’s leading human rights theatre company and sponsored by Trust For London, we take you right to the heart of the issues, told by the people themselves. Bob is a real life I, Daniel Blake; Stephanie‘s a single Mum trying to make ends meet; renting in London for Rebecca means never knowing where she’ll be next and Margaret find herself at the mercy of the Home Office. Series one features eight standalone episodes, twenty-two personal stories and collaboration with experts such as Gingerbread, St Mungos, Generation Rent and UK Black Pride. This is the human story of what happens when your world crumbles around you. This is life as you know it… pushed all the way to the brink.

Latest Episodes

10. Pay Now, Grieve Later

Have you ever thought what happens if you can’t pay for a funeral? Just how much does it cost and who do you go to for help? Teresa, Rick and Thomas share their struggles with funeral poverty and the charity Down To Earth offer help and advice on where to turn. Main presenter: Lindesay Mace Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations mentioned in the podcast and helpful links: Down to Earth: https://www.quakersocialaction.org.uk/we-can-help/helping-funerals/down-earth News on the CMA interim report: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-proposes-major-funerals-probe-after-identifying-serious-concerns Funeral directors signed up to the Fair Funerals pledge: http://fairfuneralscampaign.org.uk/map Social fund funeral expenses payment: https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments Bereavement support payment: https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment Grant search: www.turn2us.org.uk Money Advice Service on funeral ...

39 MINMAR 5
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10. Pay Now, Grieve Later

9. Still Fit For Work

Sharon and Ruth have worked all their lives but when illness and disability strike they both turn to the benefit system for help. As the government prepares to move disabled claimants onto Universal Credit, we bring you two more stories of people struggling to get the help they need. Main presenter: Helen Clapp Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations and Reports mentioned in the podcast: Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K) http://z2k.org Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Poverty/EOM_GB_16Nov2018.pdf Welfare conditionality project http://www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk/ If you’ve been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this episode, get help and information here: St Paul’s Money Advice Centre: http://www.sph.org/get-involved/teams/money-advice-team Islington People’s...

35 MINFEB 6
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9. Still Fit For Work

8. Going It Alone

One in four families are single parent households and one in three in London. In the final episode of this series, four Mums share their stories of life as a single parent and we ask what's it really like raising a child alone? Main presenter: Christine Bacon Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations mentioned in the podcast: Gingerbread https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/ ABTA Lifeline Charitable Trust http://www.abtalifeline.org.uk/ Other useful links: Family Lives https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/your-family/single-parents/advice-on-becoming-a-single-parent/ Single Parent Action Network http://www.singleparents.org.uk/ Follow ice&fire on Twitter / FB / Instagram @iceandfireuk iceandfire.co.uk podcast@iceandfire.co.uk Sponsored by Trust For London: www.trustforlondon.org.uk/ Please rate us and leave a review!

61 MIN2018 JUL 1
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8. Going It Alone

7. A Hard Day’s Night

London is fast becoming a 24-hour city, in this episode we talk to some of its growing number of night workers. What's it like to work while most of us are asleep? Why do workers choose to be nocturnal? Is it a choice at all? Main presenter: Rebecca Scroggs Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards Organisations and research mentioned in the episode and useful links: Mayor unveils first ever 24-hour vision for London https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayors-24-hour-vision-for-london National Sleep Foundation: Shift Work Disorder https://sleepfoundation.org/shift-work/content/shift-work-disorder-–-symptoms Rough Nights: The Growing Dangers of Working at Night - The Young Foundation https://youngfoundation.org/publications/rough-nights-the-growing-dangers-of-working-at-night/ A Hard Days Night- TUC 2015 https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/AHardDaysNight.pdf 260,000 more people working at night in past five years, finds TUC https...

35 MIN2018 JUN 1
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7. A Hard Day’s Night

6: Can We Take Pride in 2018?

What does is mean to be LGBT+ in the capital? Does Pride in London speak to you? We visit Galop and the Outside Project and share stories from members of London’s LGBT+ community, exploring attitudes to Pride in London and how a seaside excursion gave rise to UK Black Pride. Main presenter: Seb Aguirre Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations mentioned in the episode: The Albert Kennedy Trust:A service for homeless LGBT youth Twitter Galop:If you’ve experiencedhate crime,sexual violenceabuse, we’re here for you.We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have hadproblems with the policeor havequestions about the criminal justice system. Twitter Gendered Intelligence:Gendered Intelligence is a Community Interest Company whose object is to deliver arts programmers and creative workshops to trans youth from across the UK in order to increase the quality of young trans peoples life experie...

34 MIN2018 MAY 1
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6: Can We Take Pride in 2018?

5: A Class Above The Rest

Do the privileged have the monopoly on the top universities? Would you be prepared to work for free? We talk to students, teachers and actor George Costigan to bring you stories of people striving to level the playing field. Main presenter: Waleed Akhtar Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Sara’s words voiced by Rebecca Scroggs Organisations and research mentioned in the episode and useful links: Newham Collegiate Sixth Form http://www.thencs.co.uk/ Trust For London report ‘The Inbetweeners’ https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/publications/inbetweeners-new-role-internships-graduate-labour-market/ ONS report into graduates in the labour market https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/graduatesintheuklabourmarket/2017 ‘The Party’s Over’ Paula Cocozza https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/11/the-partys-over-how-tuition-fees-ruined-university-life ...

34 MIN2018 APR 3
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5: A Class Above The Rest

4: A Fair Day’s Pay

From the smallest strike the UK’s ever seen to nationwide action, we head to the picket line to bring you 3 stories of London’s most inspiring Living Wage campaigns. How far would you go for a fair day’s pay? Main presenter: Christine Bacon Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Freddy and Angelica's words voiced by Sebastian Aguirre and Lisa Caruccio Came To support the Picturehouse Strikers, check out http://www.picturehouselivingwage.com/ Follow your most local strikers on Facebook and Twitter (find links via website above) and join them on the picket line the next time they announce strike action Sign their collective petition here https://www.change.org/p/picturehouse-pay-proper Donate to the campaign here https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike And buy a T-shirt here http://livingstafflivingwage.tictail.com/ To support the McDonalds strikers: Buy a T-shirt here https://fastfoodrights.word...

43 MIN2018 MAR 1
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4: A Fair Day’s Pay

3. The London Renting Game

Yousif’s struggled with homelessness, Caroline’s cooked with cockroaches and Rebecca’s called some unusual places home. Three stories of renting in the capital and some thoughts on what needs to change with Generation Rent. Main presenter: Lindesay Mace Music by: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Find out more about Yousif’s story here: http://www.thepavement.org.uk/stories.php?story=1981 Organisations mentioned in the episode: Generation Rent: http://www.generationrent.org/ St Mungo’s: https://www.mungos.org/ Homeless Diamonds: http://homelessdiamonds.org.uk/ Shelter:http://www.shelter.org.uk/ Trust For London study on PRS: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/issues/housing/private-rented-sector/ London Assembly report: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/london-assembly/london-assembly-publications/rent-reform-making-londons-private-rented Citizens Advice:https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ The Law Centres:http://www.lawcentres.org.uk/ For help and information on the ...

41 MIN2018 FEB 2
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3. The London Renting Game

2. Refugee Journeys to London: 1976 and 2014

Tita and Margaret were both forced to flee their native countries (Chile and Uganda) almost forty years apart and ended up in London. We look at the refugee experience then and now. We also talk to activists at a ‘Shut Yarls Wood’ demonstration and ask them why they decided to join the growing movement. Main presenter: Seb Aguirre Music by: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ More about Margaret and Lydia's story here https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/27/back-home-we-cant-kiss-the-gay-badminton-star-forced-to-flee-uganda More about ice&fire's script 'This is Who I Am' - http://iceandfire.co.uk/project/this-is-who-i-am/ Organisations mentioned in the podcast: Lesbians and Gays support the Migrants https://www.facebook.com/lgsmigrants/ World University Service https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/projects/chileanexileinuk/wusprogramme/ Time for a time Limit http://detentionaction.org.uk/campaigns/indefinite-detention-in-detail First Wednesday group...

44 MIN2018 JAN 3
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2. Refugee Journeys to London: 1976 and 2014

1. Your Assessor Has Found You ‘Fit For Work’

Jayne, Bob and Mary’s working lives came to a halt due to illness and disability. They share their experiences of the benefit system and the uncertainty and anxiety they face. Organisations mentioned in the podcast: Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K) http://z2k.org Read more about Jayne's experience here: http://inanything.com/disability-jaynes-turning-point/ More about Bob's story here: http://archive.camdennewjournal.com/heart-attack-back-to-work If you’ve been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this episode, get help and information here: St Paul’s Money Advice Centre: http://www.sph.org/get-involved/teams/money-advice-team Islington People’s Rights: http://www.ipradvice.org.uk/ Crosslight: https://www.crosslightadvice.org/ Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K): http://z2k.org/ Citizens Advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ Cardinal Hume Centre: https://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/ Advice Services Alliance: http://asauk.org.uk/ Music and sound editing by Michael Edwards: composer, film score...

39 MIN2017 NOV 24
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Latest Episodes

10. Pay Now, Grieve Later

Have you ever thought what happens if you can’t pay for a funeral? Just how much does it cost and who do you go to for help? Teresa, Rick and Thomas share their struggles with funeral poverty and the charity Down To Earth offer help and advice on where to turn. Main presenter: Lindesay Mace Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations mentioned in the podcast and helpful links: Down to Earth: https://www.quakersocialaction.org.uk/we-can-help/helping-funerals/down-earth News on the CMA interim report: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-proposes-major-funerals-probe-after-identifying-serious-concerns Funeral directors signed up to the Fair Funerals pledge: http://fairfuneralscampaign.org.uk/map Social fund funeral expenses payment: https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments Bereavement support payment: https://www.gov.uk/bereavement-support-payment Grant search: www.turn2us.org.uk Money Advice Service on funeral ...

39 MINMAR 5
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10. Pay Now, Grieve Later

9. Still Fit For Work

Sharon and Ruth have worked all their lives but when illness and disability strike they both turn to the benefit system for help. As the government prepares to move disabled claimants onto Universal Credit, we bring you two more stories of people struggling to get the help they need. Main presenter: Helen Clapp Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations and Reports mentioned in the podcast: Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K) http://z2k.org Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Poverty/EOM_GB_16Nov2018.pdf Welfare conditionality project http://www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk/ If you’ve been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this episode, get help and information here: St Paul’s Money Advice Centre: http://www.sph.org/get-involved/teams/money-advice-team Islington People’s...

35 MINFEB 6
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9. Still Fit For Work

8. Going It Alone

One in four families are single parent households and one in three in London. In the final episode of this series, four Mums share their stories of life as a single parent and we ask what's it really like raising a child alone? Main presenter: Christine Bacon Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations mentioned in the podcast: Gingerbread https://www.gingerbread.org.uk/ ABTA Lifeline Charitable Trust http://www.abtalifeline.org.uk/ Other useful links: Family Lives https://www.familylives.org.uk/advice/your-family/single-parents/advice-on-becoming-a-single-parent/ Single Parent Action Network http://www.singleparents.org.uk/ Follow ice&fire on Twitter / FB / Instagram @iceandfireuk iceandfire.co.uk podcast@iceandfire.co.uk Sponsored by Trust For London: www.trustforlondon.org.uk/ Please rate us and leave a review!

61 MIN2018 JUL 1
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8. Going It Alone

7. A Hard Day’s Night

London is fast becoming a 24-hour city, in this episode we talk to some of its growing number of night workers. What's it like to work while most of us are asleep? Why do workers choose to be nocturnal? Is it a choice at all? Main presenter: Rebecca Scroggs Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards Organisations and research mentioned in the episode and useful links: Mayor unveils first ever 24-hour vision for London https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayors-24-hour-vision-for-london National Sleep Foundation: Shift Work Disorder https://sleepfoundation.org/shift-work/content/shift-work-disorder-–-symptoms Rough Nights: The Growing Dangers of Working at Night - The Young Foundation https://youngfoundation.org/publications/rough-nights-the-growing-dangers-of-working-at-night/ A Hard Days Night- TUC 2015 https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/AHardDaysNight.pdf 260,000 more people working at night in past five years, finds TUC https...

35 MIN2018 JUN 1
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7. A Hard Day’s Night

6: Can We Take Pride in 2018?

What does is mean to be LGBT+ in the capital? Does Pride in London speak to you? We visit Galop and the Outside Project and share stories from members of London’s LGBT+ community, exploring attitudes to Pride in London and how a seaside excursion gave rise to UK Black Pride. Main presenter: Seb Aguirre Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Organisations mentioned in the episode: The Albert Kennedy Trust:A service for homeless LGBT youth Twitter Galop:If you’ve experiencedhate crime,sexual violenceabuse, we’re here for you.We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have hadproblems with the policeor havequestions about the criminal justice system. Twitter Gendered Intelligence:Gendered Intelligence is a Community Interest Company whose object is to deliver arts programmers and creative workshops to trans youth from across the UK in order to increase the quality of young trans peoples life experie...

34 MIN2018 MAY 1
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6: Can We Take Pride in 2018?

5: A Class Above The Rest

Do the privileged have the monopoly on the top universities? Would you be prepared to work for free? We talk to students, teachers and actor George Costigan to bring you stories of people striving to level the playing field. Main presenter: Waleed Akhtar Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Sara’s words voiced by Rebecca Scroggs Organisations and research mentioned in the episode and useful links: Newham Collegiate Sixth Form http://www.thencs.co.uk/ Trust For London report ‘The Inbetweeners’ https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/publications/inbetweeners-new-role-internships-graduate-labour-market/ ONS report into graduates in the labour market https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/graduatesintheuklabourmarket/2017 ‘The Party’s Over’ Paula Cocozza https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/11/the-partys-over-how-tuition-fees-ruined-university-life ...

34 MIN2018 APR 3
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5: A Class Above The Rest

4: A Fair Day’s Pay

From the smallest strike the UK’s ever seen to nationwide action, we head to the picket line to bring you 3 stories of London’s most inspiring Living Wage campaigns. How far would you go for a fair day’s pay? Main presenter: Christine Bacon Editing and production: Helen Clapp Music and sound design: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Freddy and Angelica's words voiced by Sebastian Aguirre and Lisa Caruccio Came To support the Picturehouse Strikers, check out http://www.picturehouselivingwage.com/ Follow your most local strikers on Facebook and Twitter (find links via website above) and join them on the picket line the next time they announce strike action Sign their collective petition here https://www.change.org/p/picturehouse-pay-proper Donate to the campaign here https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/250/picturehousestrike And buy a T-shirt here http://livingstafflivingwage.tictail.com/ To support the McDonalds strikers: Buy a T-shirt here https://fastfoodrights.word...

43 MIN2018 MAR 1
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4: A Fair Day’s Pay

3. The London Renting Game

Yousif’s struggled with homelessness, Caroline’s cooked with cockroaches and Rebecca’s called some unusual places home. Three stories of renting in the capital and some thoughts on what needs to change with Generation Rent. Main presenter: Lindesay Mace Music by: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ Find out more about Yousif’s story here: http://www.thepavement.org.uk/stories.php?story=1981 Organisations mentioned in the episode: Generation Rent: http://www.generationrent.org/ St Mungo’s: https://www.mungos.org/ Homeless Diamonds: http://homelessdiamonds.org.uk/ Shelter:http://www.shelter.org.uk/ Trust For London study on PRS: https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/issues/housing/private-rented-sector/ London Assembly report: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/london-assembly/london-assembly-publications/rent-reform-making-londons-private-rented Citizens Advice:https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ The Law Centres:http://www.lawcentres.org.uk/ For help and information on the ...

41 MIN2018 FEB 2
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3. The London Renting Game

2. Refugee Journeys to London: 1976 and 2014

Tita and Margaret were both forced to flee their native countries (Chile and Uganda) almost forty years apart and ended up in London. We look at the refugee experience then and now. We also talk to activists at a ‘Shut Yarls Wood’ demonstration and ask them why they decided to join the growing movement. Main presenter: Seb Aguirre Music by: Michael Edwards http://www.michaeledwards.tv/ More about Margaret and Lydia's story here https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/27/back-home-we-cant-kiss-the-gay-badminton-star-forced-to-flee-uganda More about ice&fire's script 'This is Who I Am' - http://iceandfire.co.uk/project/this-is-who-i-am/ Organisations mentioned in the podcast: Lesbians and Gays support the Migrants https://www.facebook.com/lgsmigrants/ World University Service https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/projects/chileanexileinuk/wusprogramme/ Time for a time Limit http://detentionaction.org.uk/campaigns/indefinite-detention-in-detail First Wednesday group...

44 MIN2018 JAN 3
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2. Refugee Journeys to London: 1976 and 2014

1. Your Assessor Has Found You ‘Fit For Work’

Jayne, Bob and Mary’s working lives came to a halt due to illness and disability. They share their experiences of the benefit system and the uncertainty and anxiety they face. Organisations mentioned in the podcast: Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K) http://z2k.org Read more about Jayne's experience here: http://inanything.com/disability-jaynes-turning-point/ More about Bob's story here: http://archive.camdennewjournal.com/heart-attack-back-to-work If you’ve been affected by any of the issues mentioned in this episode, get help and information here: St Paul’s Money Advice Centre: http://www.sph.org/get-involved/teams/money-advice-team Islington People’s Rights: http://www.ipradvice.org.uk/ Crosslight: https://www.crosslightadvice.org/ Zacchaeus 2000 (Z2K): http://z2k.org/ Citizens Advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ Cardinal Hume Centre: https://www.cardinalhumecentre.org.uk/ Advice Services Alliance: http://asauk.org.uk/ Music and sound editing by Michael Edwards: composer, film score...

39 MIN2017 NOV 24
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1. Your Assessor Has Found You ‘Fit For Work’
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