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Calais migrant play The Jungle being developed at National Theatre

A drama workshop inside the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais migrant camp. Photo: Good Chance Theatre
A drama workshop inside the Good Chance Theatre in the Calais migrant camp. Photo: Good Chance Theatre
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A new play about the Calais ‘jungle’ refugee camp is in development at the National Theatre.

The theatre is working with Good Chance Theatre founders Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson on the project, based on their experiences and those of refugees living in the camp.

Director Stephen Daldry has also been working on the play – currently known as The Jungle – which is in the development stage at the National’s new work department.

The Good Chance Theatre was set up in Calais in 2015 as an arts centre and community hub for refugees, but was dismantled in March after the migrant camp was cleared by the French government.

A National Theatre spokeswoman told The Stage: “Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, artistic directors of Good Chance Theatre, are working with the NT to develop a play about their experience in the Calais jungle.

“Together with Stephen Daldry they led a workshop earlier in the year and the project is now in development in our new work department.”

Earlier this year Murphy launched an attack on the word 'luvvie', claiming it undermined the social and political role that theatre has to play.

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