Life On The Edge
By ice&fire Theatre - human rights stories
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A diagnosis. A freak accident. A breakdown. It couldn't happen to me... Could it? In an exciting new podcast, ice&fire share with you the hidden struggles of ordinary people living #LifeOnTheEdge. Every month, we dive below the surface of social issues that are a sign of the times in which we live and asks “how far are we all from life on the edge”? Whilst each episode embarks on a brand new journey, they are all united in their approach to telling very human, entirely relatable stories with human rights at their core. Love, loss, career crises, generational divides and family histories – 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.
||Clean8. 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? -||1 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. 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? -||1 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: 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||1 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: 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. -||2 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: 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||1 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. 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. -||1 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. 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||2 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. 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:||24 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fantastic stories put the spotlight on human rights & UK current affairs
Gripping and unique listening - I’m loving tuning into this brand new series from Ice and Fire Theatre Company. Whether you’re interested in Human Rights issues, social studies, the UK’s current political climate, or just in need of inspiration about the human ability to survive difficulty, you’ll want to have this on your downloads. Bravo!
Strong start. The topic is depressing, but this really got to the heart of the matter with a good explanation of how the system (doesn't) work and a look at how it impacts on the people who have to deal with it.
Fascinating insight into the human cost of the current UK benefits system
Very moving and detailed accounts exploring how the UK benefits system presents additional difficulities for the very people it is supposed to serve. Great to hear these individuals given time to share their stories. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the human impact of the current benefits system.