ice&fire are the leading cultural organisation entrusted to give voice to those who have been silenced, and our work has been recognised by the prestigious Liberty Human Rights Arts Awards.
Our artistic programme is informed and enriched by our ongoing partnerships and collaborations with artists, community groups and major organisations such as Amnesty International, Save the Children, British Red Cross, War Child, Reprieve, Refugee Action, The Children’s Society, Room to Heal and Freedom From Torture.
In 2015, we worked with the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Transition to Adulthood Alliance to create a 20-minute piece to open their international conference. You can watch the performance here.
Commission ice&fire to create work for your organisation, or to partner with you on a community project.
Actors and Artists
We are thrilled to be working with several exciting and respected theatre makers, but are also interested to hear from artists who might have ideas for new projects that centre around human rights. If you are an actor you can also get involved in our Actors for Human Rights network
We also offer in-depth educational workshops for universities, colleges and schools
ice&fire responds to commissions from organisations to make bespoke pieces of performance that articulate their current programme of work, we speak and perform at conferences, and we perform our testimonial scripts at events and training sessions.
We pride ourselves on our rigorous processes, good project management and responsiveness to feedback. We work with charities, campaigning groups, third-sector organisations and governmental bodies such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, National Health Service, Department of Health, UK Border Agency, South Yorkshire Police, and Sheffield Council Extended Services. Not-for-profit organisations are charged not-for-profit fees.
ice&fire theatre were commissioned by Save the Children to make a new performance piece for the international End Sexual Violence in Conflict conference. We worked with Save the Children to transform existing testimonies into an immersive multi-media installation. Fusing live performance and film, we were able to give resonance, context and human impact to these important stories.
“You managed to talk about the issue in a powerful and tasteful way and the audience was genuinely moved by the experience. It felt like every performance was just as strong and emotional as the last. I wanted above all to thank you for your dedication to this project and for injecting it with the creativity and passion it needed.”
– Andrea Vukovic, Senior Campaigns Adviser, Save the Children
Get in touch to see how we can work with you.
Our workshops show the impact of live performance in making human rights stories real and meaningful, tailored for students at university, further education and school. We provide bespoke workshops, seminars and residencies suitable for a range of humanities, law and social sciences contexts.
For universities, we have designed a range of options, ranging from masterclass sessions, full-day workshops, to an intensive programme across a number of days. All sessions are led by the ice&fire creative team and look at verbatim theatre, articulating human rights, working as a political artist and performance as protest. Our workshops for schools and FE students can show the real human stories behind headlines – our testimonial plays can help introduce students to the complexities of issues such as migration, poverty, or the impacts of warfare. We can also guide students through the processes of making their own verbatim theatre and coach them through writing their scripts.
ice&fire theatre have worked regularly with University of Warwick, University of Surrey, University of York, University of Birmingham, University of Essex, and also the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia. Furthermore, we have also delivered workshops for Royal Holloway, the University of Manchester, the University of Reading and Lancaster University.
‘The feedback we have had from staff and students has been phenomenal. We felt as a piece of drama it skillfully brought together the testimonies and words of real people… This was a humanised and balanced perspective that didn’t ignore any aspects… Many staff and students have commented on how this has challenged their views and led to a much better understanding of both the true politics of the conflict and the human rights aspects.’
-Paddy Salter, Welfare and Guidance Manager, NewVic Sixth Form College, on a workshop around Palestine Monologues
“The whole experience proved a very positive one for our students and the students took a lot out of it. This was in terms of the messages about the plight of asylum seekers as well as the process of making theatre. The students loved it and really enjoyed exploring the play in more depth.”
-Richard Demby, Whalley Range High School, on a workshop using Asylum Monologues
ice&fire are working together with the University of Sussex on large-scale research project to look at the processes and impacts of collecting and using testimony.
We also have plays specifically created for younger audiences which have already introduced thousands of young people to the issues of refugees and unaccompanied migrants, vaccination responsibilities, and the voices of children around the world as they face human rights contraventions. These plays can be booked for performance, or can be licenced by schools to use in their own teaching.