We build temporary Theatres of Hope in the form of large temporary, geodesic domes, in areas with high refugee populations where we hope to create meaningful opportunities for immigrant and local communities to interact through the arts. Our first theatre dome was built in the Calais Jungle refugee and migrant camp in 2015 and became the civic and cultural centre where all people were welcomed in an open and unthreatening space.
In collaboration with local and international artists, the Domes host a multi-genre programme of workshops and share this work with the wider public at a weekly ‘Hope Show’.
After seven months running the theatre in Calais, the camp was evicted and demolished and we proceeded to run programmes in two key capital cities: London and Paris.
In the summer of 2018, we built the dome at Jean Quarré CHU refugee and migrant accommodation centre, growing the Good Chance family more than ever before. In the autumn, we were invited by the Museum of Immigration to hold an artistic residency as part of their ‘Season of Welcome’. We worked with friends from refugee and migrant centres across the city and beyond, as well as new people we had met along the way. Through the workshops held in the dome, we celebrated diversity and difference, togetherness and solidarity.
This year we collaborated with Aurore Association who run a welcome and accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers in the Bastion area of Paris. For four weeks, we will work with residents, local people and artists to create a bold and exciting programme of work including carpentry and building, theatre and music, the creation of a book, and all culminating in a carnivalesque parade through the city to see out the summer in style.
Good Chance took the Dome to a nine-day arts festival outside the Southbank Centre called ‘Encampment’ where artists from countries like the UK, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq brought communities in London together with newly arrived refugees and migrants. Over 6,500 people came through the doors of the theatre with performances by over 110 artists from across the world.
The Dome travelled to the centre of Coventry, celebrating the culmination of World Refugee Week in the centre of the UK’s 2021 City of Culture. Dome in a Day was a free day-long arts extravaganza where a community of international artists and audiences discovered new common ground through puppetry, circus, singing, drumming and poetry - all in a single day. It was also where our storytelling and poetry collective Change the Word premiered to an audience of over 200.