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Good Chance Theatre founders win £25k Genesis Prize

Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy. Photo: Sarah Lee Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy. Photo: Sarah Lee
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Playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robinson, who set up refugee theatre Good Chance, have been announced as the winners of this year’s Genesis Prize.

The £25,000 award is given by arts philanthropists the Genesis Foundation and recognises mentoring of artistic talent. It gives its winners further opportunity to develop their work as mentors.

Murphy and Robertson are being celebrated for their work with Good Chance, which was set up in the Calais refugee camp in 2015 before moving to Paris, and their subsequent play The Jungle, which ran at the Young Vic in London last year.

Another London run and possible New York transfer are in the works for the play.

The Genesis Prize will allow them to focus on their playwriting and develop new projects including work in the UK and at the main centre for refugees and migrants in Paris.

John Studzinski, founder and chairman of the Genesis Foundation, praised Murphy and Robertson’s “inspirational” work, adding: “Wherever they’ve been they have created a beacon of hope in a zone of crisis and misery. They’ve built structures enabling refugees to tell their stories express their creativity and build a community. Their mentoring and transformative work with these refugees make them the ideal recipients of the Genesis Prize.”

Murphy and Robertson added that they were “honoured” to receive the prize.