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Refugee theatre company Good Chance establishes Paris performance space

Good Chance theatre setting up the dome in Paris. Photo: Good Chance Good Chance theatre setting up the dome in Paris. Photo: Good Chance
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Good Chance Theatre has opened a pop-up performance space for refugees and migrants in northern Paris.

The large dome-shaped venue has been built at Centre Jean Quarre, a former school that is being used as temporary accommodation for migrants.

Good Chance has carried out activity within the accommodation centre over the last month, but has only now opened the dome, which will run until August 18.

Daily workshops will take place in the space every week, culminating in a public sharing of the work every Saturday in a ‘Hope Show’.

Good Chance was founded by British playwrights, and writers of West End play The Jungle, Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy, who set up a temporary theatre in the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle.

Since then, the organisation has opened a number of pop-up theatres, including one at Porte de la Chapelle in Paris earlier this year.

The theatre company is working in partnership with the City of Paris and French humanitarian charity Emmaus Solidarite for its latest instalment.

Director Sofia Norlin is responsible for programming the dome until July 28, after which director Alexandre Moisescot will take over as curator until August 18.

Project director Louise Bernard told The Stage: “We are very happy to be continuing our work by creating together a space of expression for migrants and refugees.

“We are constantly building our links with the local community, and we are committed to staying in Paris for as long as we are needed.”

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