Friends in need…

Anyone who works at a charity will know what it’s like – although an organisation may be able to get funding for its project work (the “glamourous side” of the work, if you like!) it’s always hard to raise money for day-to-day basics...

Everyone Has the Right

For two years (2007 & 2008) iceandfire and Amnesty International UK ran the Protect the Human playwriting competition. This was a really exciting initiative as it gave iceandfire the opportunity to explore the work of hundreds of playwrights, create relationships...

Taking Liberties with Theatre

This article was originally printed in the Guardian Theatre Blog on 3/12/09 Next week, iceandfire theatre company launch Everyone Has the Right, a call for new plays about human rights, in partnership with Amnesty International. As their patron I should declare an...

Bind Tour Diary – Part 2

It seems a long time ago since our luxurious 10am starts in rehearsal and we now find ourselves 2 weeks into the Bind tour. After the second week’s rehearsal saw a host of fine-tuning from characterisation to the application of music and increasing technical problems...

“France Bad, England Good”

Calais Blog – Part 5 A few streets away from the food distribution centre, Catholic Aid is giving out second-hand clothing in a church hall. Migrants form a long queue into the street, once again mostly young Afghan men and boys and a few Africans. They are...

What Kind of Europe is this?

There are three French charities that provide meals for the destitute migrants in Calais: Salam, Belle Etoile, and since the beginning of 2009, l’Auberge des Migrants. They work in rotation and today the lunch is being provided by my new friends from l’Auberge des...

The Good Burghers of Calais

Up at 4.30 on a chilly November morning to go to Calais for the second time, hoping to interview more migrants for my script, and possibly meet up with some of the unaccompanied minors I interviewed five weeks ago in balmy September. This time the car is rammed full...

Bind: Tour Diary – Part 1

And with a week to go until the tour kicks off, intensive rehearsals for Bind (iceandfire’s new play for young people) are under way. Rehearsals so far have seen scientific adviser Dr Tom Churcher from Imperial College London add his, well, scientific advice...

Packing it in

Reflections on Sara’s Canadian adventure Back in London with a bump feeling jetlagged and decidedly cold (even after the Rockies!) but really pleased to be back in our great capital’s crowded, polluted streets. Travelling across the country from Montreal through...

The War on Migrants Continues in Calais

Part 2 of Sonja’s Blog from Calais It’s now a couple of weeks since my trip to Calais to interview migrants shortly after the destruction of the Afghani encampment. I’ve stayed in touch via French charity workers and activists on the ground , such as Calais...

From the Jungle to the Promised Land

Part One I recently spent three days in Calais interviewing destitute migrants for my next documentary play for iceandfire. I met many of them at the feeding point on the docks, where the French charity Salam provides them with a daily evening meal. Here I found...
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