It was the question we heard most often in March when we dismantled the Good Chance Theatre in Calais, during the major eviction in March. In fact, the Jungle wasn’t finished. It continued to be an unacceptable home to many people for seven more months.
It has now been demolished and its residents evicted. The process of that eviction made many unaccompanied children homeless, forced many to sleep on the streets, and put more in danger of fire, violence and traffickers.
We stand with people who have been forced from the countries due to war and persecution, looking for sanctuary and safety in Europe, only to be forced on again. We hope that they will find that safety in the future, particularly the children who have become the unfortunate victims of a political stalemate for the last year and a half, and particularly in the last few weeks.
Good Chance builds temporary theatres of hope.
Theatres are places to be together, to express, to listen, to understand, to empathise. We saw how important this was in the Jungle and know that this is of huge importance for so many people in the times we live in. In the turmoil of life in this situation, expression and community can save.
Good Chance will continue to build temporary theatres of hope.
Whether you’re a refugee, artist, theatre-maker, technician, audience member, someone looking to muck in, someone who believes what we believe, somebody who recognises that art has a role in humanitarian crises, we want to talk to you.
Let’s move forward together. And in situations like the Jungle where, amid the suffering, culture was able to provide hope, let’s create something together.