Good Chance builds temporary theatres of hope where people can express themselves in safety.
The project began at the Jungle camp in Calais and was founded by Joe & Joe, two British playwrights who have worked together for five years.
Its name was inspired by the residents of the Jungle camp, who had a phrase – “Good chance or no chance?” – which referred to the likelihood of crossing the border to the UK on a given night. The theatre project exists to provide a different kind of “good chance”.
In Calais, daytime schedules included writing workshops, music lessons, dance, acting and performance. Visiting companies and artists were welcomed, too – they delivered workshops over one to seven days in specific performance arts such as circus and clowning or worked in smaller groups to develop a more intimate process and performance piece over a longer period of time.
Every evening large communal events were hosted that brought all of the camp’s many nationalities together. Good Chance has seen poetry slams, stand-up comedy, acoustic sets, theatre performances, rap battles, film nights and mass chill-outs.
After the camp was torn down last year, Good Chance erected a new temporary theatre at London’s South Bank and intends to build other theatres in the future.
Support has come from individuals and organisations, including the Young Vic Theatre and David Lan, The Royal Court Theatre and Vicky Featherstone, Elyse Dodgson, Stephen Daldry, Sonia Friedman, Jeffrey and Susan Culpepper, Chris Sonnex, Willi Richards, Mike Toon and many more.
Good Chance’s work has been recognised at the Peter Brook Awards and the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.