…between the British-funded razor-wire fences on one side and the French riot police on the other, these two governments have turned the Jungle into a vacuum of their own moral authority. The only thing currently filling that vacuum are the volunteer organisations that have popped up, at the heart of which sits the theatre. For many of the camp’s residents, Good Chance may be the only chance they have.
A great article discussing the efficacy of contemporary applied theatre practice – well actually it reads more like an advert…but still – VERY interesting
What is the Jungle: The jungle’ is the name of an ad hoc encampment of about 6,000 people who have made trans-continental journeys from their home country for a wide array of reasons. There are people here from countries all across the Middle East and Africa, including Sudan, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Morocco, Egypt, Eritrea, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nigeria and more. There are many languages spoken in the camp, and many cultures, situations and stories present.
What is Good Chance Calais?
Our aim is to provide a safe, warm and welcoming space for people to express themselves and their situations in the Jungle in Calais.
We have been up and running since October 29th and will stay for as long as the space is needed by the people here.
We work hard to deliver a full and surprising programme of theatre, art and music events, and are planning residencies by visiting companies from around the world all through winter.
We believe expression is a basic human right for all. In a situation as terrible as this, it is essential.