Good Chance is to open a pop-up theatre for migrants and refugees on the border of Mexico and the United States.
The temporary dome-shaped space is being launched in partnership with the Mexican city of Tijuana’s Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura.
According to Good Chance, there are tens of thousands of migrants and refugees “stranded in legal limbo” in makeshift shelters in Tijuana while waiting to claim asylum in the United States.
The theatre company aims to help the people living in temporary shelters connect with each other and build a community.
Running from April 14 to June 13, the venue will host a programme of workshops, including theatre, dance, singing and poetry, with a public performance called a Hope Show every Saturday.
The project is being led by Good Chance team members Claudia Benítez and Ana Guerrero, who will work in partnership with curators including Jesús Quintero and Ramón Verdugo of Tijuana Hace Teatro as well as other artists from the local area, Mexico and the US.
The Good Chance Dome will be based in the grounds of the Casa de la Cultura Playas de Tijuana at Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura.
It will be accessible by public transport, with Good Chance planning to operate a regular bus service to and from shelters to enable easier access.
The news comes as it is announced that Good Chance’s play The Jungle will return to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York from April 2 to May 24.
Artistic directors of Good Chance, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, said: “We are so proud to have made [The Jungle] with many of the friends we made while running a theatre in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, and even more proud that alongside the running of the play, we will be building a brand new theatre in Tijuana.
“It is our hope that The Jungle, together with a Good Chance Dome on the border, will create new ways for all of us to understand the movements that are happening in our world today, and which are only increasing.”
Minerva Tapia Robles, director of the Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, added: “Talking about Tijuana is talking about diversity, and migration has been a key part of our city’s cultural wealth.
“As an institution, we always seek to join forces with those who do not seek to build walls, but collaborative bridges. We are honoured to be part of this project, and we open our arms to anyone who seeks to impact society through the arts and culture.”