Good chance to see Calais jungle camp dome in Coventry

Published: 14 June 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Almost four years after building its first Theatre of Hope in the Calais jungle camp, charity Good Chance is to hold a free, day-long arts extravaganza in Coventry.

Founders Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson said, “since Good Chance began we’ve existed to provide fast injections of art and hope in the most difficult of circumstances.

“As those circumstances have evolved, so has our work and we’re proud to support incredible artists from around the world as they hone and develop their art, and speak with powerful and important voices about the world we inhabit together.

“In an increasingly atomised and dangerous world, spaces dedicated to welcome and expression which don’t shy away from the challenges and opportunities of living together are more essential than ever.”

Dome in a Day will be staged on Saturday 22 June in Millennium Place as part of the Coventry Welcomes Festival.

Originally built in Calais, the Good Chance dome has not been seen in the UK since summer 2016 when it popped up on London’s Southbank for nine days and nights with Encampment, a festival of performances, workshops and discussions.

Many of the artists Good Chance first met in the Jungle camp feature in the Dome in a Day line-up including Coventry collective Highly Sprung who will be running a physical theatre workshop, the première performance from Good Chance’s Coventry-based Change the Word collective and puppetry from Beirut theatre-makers Kahraba Collective.

There will also be theatre, storytelling and poetry workshops led by Coventry-based Zimbabwean poet and visual artist Laura Nyahuye and Good Chance resident artist Connie Treves.