Good Chance built its first theatre in the Jungle refugee and migrant camp in Calais in 2015. It was conceived as a place for people to come to express themselves and offered a space “to escape or confront the situations they were in”.
Money was raised to purchase a second-hand 11m geodesic dome, and built with the support of the Young Vic Theatre, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, who offered materials and equipment.
The theatre ran a programme of work every day, incorporating all art forms and welcoming companies from across the UK, France and the world. It operated on a volunteer basis, with artists finding time and money to come and work in the space.
Good Chance ran crowdfunding campaigns to fund the day-to-day running of the theatre and became one of the most successful arts crowdfunding campaigns in UK history, second only to Ai Weiwei.
Each Saturday, the theatre would stage ‘Hope Shows’, bringing together work made throughout the week and playing to audiences from the camp. The configuration of the space would be changed for each performance, welcoming between 100 and 250 people for each performance.
Works of art from the Jungle
Many different people came together, created and shared different works of art and expression inside and outside the Good Chance dome. It is impossible to reflect the depth and beauty in its entirety.