The Good Chance Theatre: Calais refugee camp theatre stages a double encore

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4287 Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, founders of the Good Chance Theatre company in Calais. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardia

The refugee theatre in Calais that starred the likes of Jude Law and Benedict Cumberbatch and withstood the worst of the winter in northern France is to rise again, say its two founders.

Due to the unflagging “Dunkirk spirit” of playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, there are soon to be two Good Chance theatre tents, one planned down the coast in Dunkirk and another back in Calais, nearer to the shipping containers that now house 2,000 migrants.

Over six months the tent became famous as it welcomed visiting stars, including Law and Cumberbatch, and a succession of British theatre companies. But for most of that time it was a venue for those living in the Calais camp, known as the Jungle, watching each other sing, dance and tell stories…

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