Our Mission

Expression is a human right. Good Chance builds temporary theatres of hope where expression can happen safely.

We build them where the need for expression is great, and where there is nowhere to fulfil this need.

We spent seven months creating work with the residents of the Jungle camp in Calais and felt the difference that a space to be together, to express, can make.

We brought that same feeling to the UK, working with many friends from the Jungle and elsewhere now building new lives in Britain, and welcomed artists from all over the world to share a stage with them. We make theatres for introductions, to get to know each other, to meet and to understand.

We’re called Good Chance because the residents of the Jungle camp in Calais had a phrase: Good chance or no chance? It meant the likelihood of crossing the border to the UK on a given night.

We exist to provide a different kind of good chance.
We’ll be building another theatre of hope soon.

Come and join us.


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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