SEVEN: A documentary play

A riveting piece of documentary theatre, SEVEN tells the true stories of seven women who bravely fought for the well-being of women, families, and children around the globe. In Russia, protecting women from domestic violence; in Cambodia, rescuing girls from human trafficking; in Guatemala, giving voice to the poor; in Afghanistan, empowering rural women; in Nigeria and Pakistan, fighting for women’s education and rights; and in Northern Ireland, promoting peace and equality.


Our SEVEN journey

This play has been performed in 32 countries, translated into 25 languages and prior to 2022 had never been performed in Scotland before.

In 2022, Making Rights Real, brought SEVEN to Scotland, developing and producing the play in a unique way as a tool for the empowerment of women living in Scotland with real lived experience of human rights issues. 

The play was premiered at the Scottish Parliament on Human Rights Day 2022. 

Now Making Rights Real is taking SEVEN across Scotland, telling the powerful stories of seven incredible human rights defenders through the voices of Scottish women.

Scotland's first public performance of SEVEN took place at the Dunfermline Carnegie Hall on September 9, 2023. Read a review of the performance on our website.

We hope our performances start a real dialogue between our cast, other human rights defenders and lawmakers about what needs to change. At a time when human rights treaties are in the process of being incorporated by the Scottish Government, it is vital that grassroots activists are heard.

SEVEN page

"I find it hard to stay quiet..."

Women experiencing human rights violations are usually excluded from naming and claiming their human rights.

This project has been designed to use the play SEVEN as a catalyst for change within the participants’ own lives and communities. All members of the cast are women who are human rights activists in their own communities.

The 22 women involved in the project are diverse in terms of their ages, background and experiences, and live all over the Central Belt of Scotland.

What our participants said:

I think the subject of human rights is so important and using drama is a powerful way to spread the message. I also would like to meet other activists and campaigners and be able to share experiences with them. I think that being part of this project will help with my campaigning and develop confidence.”

“I believe that creativity, and storytelling, in particular, is a powerful tool for bringing people together and for delivering difficult messages in a way that is both engaging and effective.”

“I’m interested in the stories of the women and would like to learn more about disabled rights.

“I want to be more of an activist”.

“I’ve never done any acting before – this is a new challenge for me.”

Why Community Development?

By Site Admin | September 27, 2023

Making Rights Real features as a good practice example in a new guide produced by the Community Development Alliance Scotland (CDAS).  Why Community Development? Our Collective Impact explains what community development is and focuses on case studies from around the…

Review of SEVEN, Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline 9th September 2023

By Mere Greta | September 15, 2023

by Ann Thallon Seven: A Human Rights Documentary Drama: Scottish Public Première, brought to Dunfermline’s Carnegie Hall Studio, by ‘Making Rights Real’, 9.9.23. Described as ‘a riveting piece of documentary theatre, SEVEN tells the true stories of seven women who…

Human rights play brings women’s voices to the Carnegie Hall in first Scottish public performance

By Mere Greta | August 8, 2023

“If you put equal rights at the heart of the thing, you have to be sure that everyone is at the table” Inez McCormack Two Dunfermline performances will take place in the Carnegie Hall on 9th September at 3.30pm and…

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SEVEN: The Scottish Premiere | 8 Dec 2022

By Site Admin | November 25, 2022

Making Rights Real, a Scottish grassroots human rights organisation, is delighted to announce they will be staging the Scottish premiere of SEVEN at the Scottish Parliament on 8th December 2022. Sponsored by Maggie Chapman MSP, the play is staged to…

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Human rights play, SEVEN, gears up for Scottish Premiere for Human Rights Day 2022

By Site Admin | August 26, 2022

“If you put equal rights at the heart of the thing, you have to be sure that everyone is at the table” Inez McCormack Making Rights Real is delighted to announce that rehearsals started this week to bring the play…

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SEVEN – the human rights drama project – introductory workshops

By Site Admin | May 16, 2022

Wednesday 25 May, 10:30am – 1pm An online introductory workshop for women who are interested in participating in our human rights drama project, SEVEN. About this event Are you an activist, campaigner or want to make change happen? Are you a…