Diaries at the ready and book your tickets
Preparations for On the Record are well underway: the script is in its final stages of development; casting has taken place and will shortly be announced; the creative team includes Chloe Lamford
as designer, Ian William Galloway as video designer, Anna Watson as lighting designer and David McSeveney
as sound designer. We don't want to give too much away but you can expect to see the Arcola as it has never been seen before.... Watch this space for more information.
On the Record will run for 4 weeks at the Arcola's incredible new Studio 1 space
and alongside the show we will be presenting a series of post show conversations on subjects ranging from freedom of expression to creating verbatim theatre. We are also pleased to announce that on 21st July the Sri Lanka Campaign will be holding a benefit evening to raise money and awareness of their campaign. For more information click here
Tickets will be on sale from Monday 13th June. All previews (20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28 July) are priced at £10, Tuesdays are pay what you can, and the rest of the dates are £17 or £11 concs.
Book via the Arcola website or on 020 7503 1646
We have had an incredible response to our drive to raise money for On the Record and continue to be touched at the level of support our friends and followers show.
But we've still got a way to go! We're begging you to check down the back of the sofa, tell all your friends, rob the dog's piggy-bank - anything to raise a few more bob for the show. Every penny literally counts so please do give what you can and make this the exciting event that we so wish for!
We've still got £3,500 to find, which is only a measly 75p from everyone who receives this mail. Don't forget if you are a British taxpayer you can make George Osborne cough up another 27p per £1 to us, simply by selecting Gift Aid! Plus if you give £50 or more, as a thank-you for your support you`ll instantly become an On the Record Champion, and for this you will get:
- Acknowledgement to you in our programme and on our website
- A beautiful poster, signed by all the cast and crew
- An invitation to press night drinks with the cast and crew
Please do give what you can, and do pass this plea to all your friends. We are so nearly there, it would be such a shame if we didn`t hit our target.
Celebrations and sad Farewells
We're not only celebrating the launch of On the Record this summer... Our outreach project, Actors for Human Rights
has reached the happy milestone of its 5-year anniversary! Since that first performance of Asylum Monologues in 2006, AFHR has grown into a network of over 500 actors and musicians, performing on average 3 times a week with over 10 scripts covering some of today's most pressing human rights concerns. For a taste of the incredible five years of AFHR, read Christine and Clea's blog here.
To celebrate, we are not stuffing ourselves with birthday cake, but rather performing at more events during Refugee Week than ever before! There's bound to be something near you so come along and see what all the fuss is about.
However, the celebrations will also bring the sad departure of one of our key members of staff. After three years as Regional Director, Clea is moving on to another incredible project - in the form of her first child and some time back with family in Australia. Clea has been an absolutely integral part of iceandfire since 2008, expanding the regional work of AFHR and delivering participation and education projects for iceandfire along the way. We're sorry to see her leave the nest, but look forward to welcoming Sue Buchan
into the fold.
We have a little project at iceandfire that trickles on in the background of our work, but one that ironically introduces more people to iceandfire than perhaps any other. One that we feel incredibly proud of, because against the behemoths of the National, The Royal Court
, Soho Theatre and The Bush, we are inundated with submissions. I am of course, talking about Everyone Has the Right.
Starting life as Protect the Human our aim is to provide a natural home for writers exploring human rights stories to create surprising and entertaining theatre.
It must work because this month we've been very clever and had not one but TWO scripts that have come up through the ranks of the project, and have been performed at Soho Theatre. The Archbishop and the Antichrist by Michael Ashton played during May, and from 6th - 18th June After the Accident
by Julian Armitstead will continue to wow audiences as it did back in 2009 with us. Do catch the show if you can, tickets can be booked through the Soho website, or by 020 7478 0100. It's not an iceandfire production, but it is definitely worth seeing.
Even better if you are aged 17 - 24 you can see the show for FREE by ringing Soho on the number above and quoting promo code "How's My Driving"
If you are interested in submitting your script to the rolling-scheme (there are no deadlines for entry), and setting free your story, then please visit here