Encore Tickets donates £16,000 to Good Chance Theatre through The Jungle ticket sales

Encore Tickets has donated £16,000 to Good Chance Theatre following the success of their West End production, The Jungle

  • Money raised will allow current residency at Paris’ National Museum of the History of Immigration to extend and run until Saturday 17 November 2018

  • Any profits made via ticket sales for The Jungle from EncoreTickets.co.uk and its partners have been donated to the charity

Encore Tickets is pleased to announce it has donated £16,000 to Good Chance Theatre, which has been raised through ticket sales for the West End production of The Jungle.

This money will go directly into Good Chance’s latest project, a residency at Paris’ National Museum of the History of Immigration which has been created in collaboration with local artists and refugees and is housed in the domes used originally in the charity’s work in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. Encore Tickets’ donation will allow the project to extend, and it will now run until 17 November 2018.

The theatre, which is free to visit, features theatre, dance, music and concerts by local and refugee artists from across the world who build, programme and perform in the theatre. This is the company’s fifth project in the French capital, after first opening their theatre domes in the north of the city in spring 2017.

Good Chance was founded by playwrights Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson in 2015 when the pair built a temporary ‘theatre of hope’ in the heart of the Calais migrant camp, inviting its residents to create and perform, and promoting freedom of expression, dignity and creativity.

Their experiences inspired them to write The Jungle, which first ran at the Young Vic in London in co-production with the National Theatre and Good Chance, before transferring to the Playhouse Theatre produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Tom Kirdahy and Hunter Arnold. The production featured members of the Good Chance Ensemble; actors the charity first encountered in the dome in Calais who are now resident in the UK.

Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, artistic directors of Good Chance, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Encore Tickets and the generosity of its audiences have raised, over the course of the run of The Jungle, enough to make an exciting statement of intent, and to allow us to extend our current Paris residency.

“Good Chance began in Calais, and working in the French capital has long been the backbone of the company's work since we built our first theatre in Porte d'Aubervilliers in January 2017. Since then, we've raised the domes in four more locations across the city, but the residency at the National Museum of the History of Immigration is unique and significant for us because it takes the theatre directly into the heart of the city, away from the peripheries where refugees often find themselves.

“Over the past two weeks, we have welcomed more than 1,200 people to the theatre, and look forward to meeting many more as we keep our doors open until 17 November”.

Malang, actor and regular participant at Good Chance Paris, said: “A lot of people are coming to see the theatre we make in the dome; we have had a really big audience and they like our shows so I am happy we will play for more people. In my heart I really feel like I go up when people like my theatre. I make my life in Good Chance, I am very happy here, it gives me friends and family.”

Chris Ryan, commercial director of Encore Tickets, said: “We’re delighted our donation to Good Chance is being used in a way that makes an immediate and practical impact on their ability to reach more people.

“The Jungle is a wonderful, moving and thought provoking piece of theatre that needed to be seen in the West End. Good Chance, Sonia Friedman, Tom Kirdahy, Hunter Arnold, the Young Vic, National Theatre, and all the other supporters should be applauded for this achievement.”

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