Our Mission

We want to convey the humanity which exists at the core of this international crisis.

When we first visited Calais many months ago, we were struck by everyone’s willingness to tell their story. In many cases this willingness was a need. So we set about creating Good Chance, a theatre space for people to do just that.

A place for people to come together, irrespective of who they are or where they come from. Somewhere they will always be welcome, warm and safe. A space for them to tell their stories however they want, to express themselves and their situations, or simply to escape and have some fun.

Many have left behind close family and don’t know if they’ll see them again. They’ve been on momentous journeys over desert and sea, losing friends along the way. They live now in the jungle in appalling circumstances with a deeply uncertain future.

Why Good Chance?

When we first visited the jungle we heard the words ‘good chance’ spoken everywhere. We found that it referred to the likelihood people thought there was of crossing the border that evening. And it stuck.

The theatre offers a different kind of Good Chance.

Who we are

Good Chance is many people coming together to make something great.

It was founded by Joe & Joe, two British playwrights who have worked together for five years.

In creating the project, they received the invaluable support of many individuals and organisations, without whom none of it could have been possible.

These include 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.

What we do

We love the element of surprise. Camp life can be dull, monotonous and unstable, so we try and provide a space which is always filled with new and exciting events. We deliver a bursting daily programme to make this happen.

The daytime schedule can include writing workshops, music lessons, dance, acting and performance. We regularly welcome visiting companies and artists who deliver workshops over one to seven days in specific performance arts like circus and clowning, or work in smaller groups to develop a more intimate process and performance piece over a longer period of time.

Every evening we host big communal events which bring all of the camp’s many nationalities together. We’ve had poetry slams, stand up comedy, acoustic sets, theatre performances, rap battles, film nights and mass chill outs. We’re always thinking of new ways to put on a good show.

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