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Good Chance Theatre forms apprenticeship scheme for young refugees

Good Chance Hope show at the Museum of Immigration in Paris. Photo: Justin Sutcliffe Good Chance Hope show at the Museum of Immigration in Paris. Photo: Justin Sutcliffe
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Good Chance Theatre has announced an apprenticeship programme for young refugees living in the UK, which forms part of a season of events and initiatives.

The paid, three-month apprenticeship programme will allow refugees aged 17 to 24 to gain experience across different aspects of theatremaking, including writing, directing, producing and fundraising.

Between three and six people will participate in the scheme across 2019, with the theatre company hoping to continue the initiative in future years.

Good Chance co-artistic director Joe Murphy said: “We work with people who are on the move and we feel those people are too extraordinary not to be supported in their own career development.

“Just as importantly, we’d like to ensure that they can actively contribute to the future of Good Chance and they can be part of guiding it.”

The apprenticeship scheme forms part of a season of programmes and performances announced by the theatre company, which is known for setting up pop-up theatres for refugees and for its play The Jungle, which ran at the Young Vic and at the Playhouse Theatre in the West End.

Other initiatives include a social club for newly arrived refugees, which will see volunteers arrange arts-focused outings to theatres, galleries and other events.

Launching initially in London, with plans to roll out across the UK, the social club has been developed in partnership with charity Refugee Action.

Co-artistic director of Good Chance, Joe Robertson, said: “The Social Club is the other side of the coin from the apprenticeship scheme, which is about getting newly arrived people into the behind-the-scenes industry areas, so they can contribute to the creation of important art.

“This is about giving people who have just arrived in the UK the ability to see and understand how to access culture in their local area.”

The season also includes one-day arts event Dome in a Day, which will see Good Chance set up a pop-up, dome-shaped theatre for a day as part of the Coventry Welcomes Festival on June 22, coinciding with Refugee Week.

This summer, Good Chance will also take up residencies at two refugee welcome centres in Paris; Les Cinq Toits and Le Bastion de Bercy.

Through these residencies, the company aims to increase participation with women and children.

Good Chance sets up Paris pop-up theatre run by refugees

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