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iceandfire explores human rights stories through performance.

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Everyone Has the Right

Everyone Has the Right was a scheme iceandfire ran for five years in conjunction with Amnesty International UK to encourage writers exploring human rights stories.

We are no longer accepting submissions for this scheme due to limited capacity and funding. We have decided to work more closely and meaningfully with new writers through our Artist-in-Residence programme and the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

If you’re a new/unrepresented playwright, please take a look at Play Submissions Helper which can point you towards other opportunities.

Jan Goodman in ‘One Hour Eighteen Minutes’

“Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task.”

Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech, 2005

To be included in this scheme, plays had to examine human rights issues as a central and deliberate theme.  We did not consider plays, for example, that dealt with issues of personal freedoms without placing them in a wider political and social context, or where the responsibility for the oppression does not lie with the state or related powers.

Plays that were not written with an express mission to explore human rights were not accepted for this scheme.

See more about what makes a human rights story here

If the play met the Everyone Has the Right criteria, and if a member of the ice&fire script-reading team felt it was a play with the potential to be a successful and dynamic production, the writer received feedback in terms of plot, dialogue, characterisation and its overall effectiveness as a piece of theatre.

 David Mildon in ‘One Hour Eighteen Minutes’

Constructive, to the point, thorough, and above all encouraging and inspiring: many thanks, indeed.’

 – Response from a writer to our feedback


Some of the writers receiving feedback were then invited to work with ice&fire to develop their plays towards production, receiving one-to-one dramaturgical support and facilitated script workshops with other writers in the scheme.

The best plays received professional rehearsed readings at a partner theatre, or at Amnesty International UK’s central London Human Rights Action Centre. Many of these plays were then picked up for professional productions at some of London’s most prestigious venues.

I submitted my play S-27 to Everyone Has the Right because it seemed like an appropriate scheme to enter because of iceandfire’s reputation and the link to Amnesty. Being selected has completely changed my life. As a writer, it validated what I was trying to explore artistically and politically in my work at the time.  In terms of my career, it established me as an up and coming writer, both in the UK and internationally. I was taken on by an agent as a result of winning the competition. At the reading I was approached by the director Steve Keyworth, who then directed the play at the Finborough in 2009. The play was produced in Australia in 2010, as a result of connections established through iceandfire. The play is going to have a production in Toronto in 2012. I feel that the award and its association with Amnesty has been particularly helpful in promoting the play internationally.- Sarah Grochala, Playwright

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