Life On The Edge

Podcast Series

A diagnosis, a freak accident, a breakdown. It couldn’t happen to me….could it?

In Life On The Edge, we share with you the hidden struggles of ordinary people. 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. Eight standalone episodes, twenty-two personal stories and collaboration with experts such as Gingerbread, St Mungos, Generation Rent and UK Black Pride. 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.

 

1: Your Assessor Has Found You ‘Fit For Work’
Release date December 1st 2017
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.
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2: Refugee Journeys to London: 1976 and 2016
Release date January 2nd 2018

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.
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3. London’s Renting Game
Release date February 1st 2018
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 from Generation Rent.
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4: A Fair Day’s Pay
Release date March 1st 2018
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?
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5: A Class Above The Rest
Release date April 2nd 2018
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.
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6: Can We Take Pride In 2018?
Release date May 1st 2018
What does it 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.
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7: A Hard Day’s Night
Release date June 1st 2018
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?
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8. Going It Alone
Release date July 1st 2018
One in four families are single parent households and one in three in London. In the final episode of this series, in collaboration with Gingerbread, four Mums share their stories of life as a single parent and we ask what’s it really like raising a child alone?
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