Good Chance build temporary theatres of hope promoting freedom of expression, creativity and dignity for everyone. We work in areas where expression is stifled and where immigrant and local communities are struggling to integrate. Our theatres are safe spaces which serve a fundamental need, essential after food and shelter - we give people the opportunity to express and empower themselves, to engage in dialogue and debate, and to experience the enriching and transformative power of art.

 

Awards and Achievements

Awards

Empty Space Peter Brook Award 2016
Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Editors Award 2016
Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award 2016, Nomination
Just Giving Crowdfunder Award 2016, Nomination
The Stage International Award 2016, Nomination
Groucho Club Maverick Award 2016, Nomination
Good Chance are an associate company of the Young Vic Theatre

Advocacy

To date, Good Chance have delivered speeches or presentations on the role of art in humanitarian crises at over 50 major events and conferences around the world. These include:

- Speaking alongside David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee at the 2016 Global Exchange in New York, on the eve of the UN Global Assembly.
- Speaking and leading sessions at CityLab 2016 in Miami, and 2017 in Paris, hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
- Young Progress Makers Conference in London in January 2017, hosted by the Evening Standard.
- Speaking to over 1300 delegates from every country in the world at One Young World Summit in Bogota in October 2017.

Academic Research

At the start of 2017, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation published an enquiry into ‘The Civic Role of Arts Organisations’ entitled Rethinking Relationships. Good Chance was chosen as one of twenty international case studies of arts organisations working in innovative and groundbreaking ways to reach new communities. Read the full report here.


Good Chance Calais

Good Chance built its first theatre in the Jungle refugee and migrant camp in Calais in 2015. The theatre, a large geodesic dome, was an open, welcoming space dedicated to collaboration and creation in a situation where basic human rights were constantly under threat. The theatre became the civic and cultural centre of the camp and a powerful voice in the international conversation about the refugee and migrant crisis.

Find out more about Good Chance Calais


Good Chance's Encampment in London

In July 2016, we staged a festival of work in London. It was run by refugees who had worked in the theatre in Calais and had recently arrived in the UK, and welcomed artists from across the world to perform. 

Encampment was staged in the same dome that stood in Calais, in collaboration with the Southbank Centre.

Find out more about Good Chance's Encampment


Good Chance Paris

Good Chance built two temporary theatres in Paris in 2017. We welcomed over 2,000 refugees, curating a daily arts programme for participants with weekly public performances, and an interactive exhibition and performance space to promote the importance of freedom of expression and human rights in the face of a changing Europe. As part of the Mayor of Paris's formal commitment to refugee integration and at the invitation of major humanitarian NGO Emmaüs Solidarité Good Chance will return to Paris in January 2018 to run the theatre adjacent to the main migrant welcome centre.

Find out more about Paris 2018


 “A varied programme of music, drama, poetry, movement and debate, for and by the inhabitants of the camp, occupies the Good Chance theatre six days a week. All by itself it proclaims that life without culture is nothing but biology in survival mode.”
Sir Tom Stoppard in The Sunday Times