Good Chance presents Last Chance: Carey Mulligan, Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West and others join refugees to read the Dublin III Regulation

 

good_chance_logoGood Chance presents LAST CHANCE: a staged plea for the unaccompanied children of Calais

Carey Mulligan, Juliet Stevenson, Samuel West and others join refugees to read the Dublin III Regulation

 Good Chance will stage a reading of the Dublin III Regulation with a group of refugees, actors and activists at the Young Vic this Thursday, 20 October. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public.

A census conducted by Help Refugees on 15 October recorded 865 children living in the unofficial refugee camp in Calais. 78% of them were alone.   Many of these children have the legal right to be reunited with family members in the UK under the Immigration Act 2016.

Children and young people in the camp are at high risk of trafficking, sexual exploitation and slavery.  Senior officials from multiple charities working in the camp have reported incidents of serious depression, self-harm and threats of suicide from minors in despair over the camp’s imminent destruction.

The eviction of the Calais camp was planned for today, Monday 17 October, but has since been delayed by at least a week because of the lack of solution available for the hundreds of unaccompanied minors living in the camp. However, on average each case has taken over eight weeks to process, meaning that the majority of these minors will not be admitted to the UK ahead of the camp’s demolition.  At the latest count only 62 unaccompanied minors had been successfully settled with their families in the UK. Reports from the camp suggest that the destruction of cafés and restaurants will begin today, and buses have already arrived in preparation for dispersal of the population of the camp.

The Dublin III Regulation provides the legal basis for establishing the criteria and mechanism for determining the country responsible for reviewing asylum applications lodged in any member state by a stateless person. The regulation applies to 32 countries which include the EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Carey Mulligan, War Child Global Ambassador, Juliet Stevenson, Safe Passage Advisory Council Member, Samuel West and others will read the treaty in full alongside Good Chance founders Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy as well as John Pfumojena, Lula Mebrahtu and other refugees who have settled in the UK.  The reading is directed by Justin Martin.

Alongside the reading on the night, artist Sue Partridge will continue The Paper People Project. In March Sue hung 291 life size cut-outs representing the unaccompanied children of Calais throughout the Jungle camp. She is now coordinating the creation of 10,000 cut-outs made by individuals in the US, Italy, France, Afghanistan, Iran, Ireland and the UK, each representing a resident of the camp. Audience members are invited to join these international participants to be traced for a cut out of themselves. A replica of the Jungle camp will also be built live in the space, and other art projects will be created throughout the evening.

Juliet Stevenson says, “The Safe Passage UK programme has brought 62 children from Calais safely and legally to the United Kingdom under this legislation, but time is running out for the rest of the unaccompanied minors in the camp.  The prime minister and home secretary must act urgently to reunite these families and protect these vulnerable young people.”

 Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson add, “When Good Chance built its first theatre of hope in the Jungle last September, we were overwhelmed by the number of unaccompanied children living there, all needing a space of welcome and comfort to express themselves and feel safe.

 That many of those same children are still living there now over a year later, in ever more desperate conditions, is an outrage. With a hard eviction looming, they are running out of time.

 We have a moral responsibility to look after them, and a legal responsibility too. LAST CHANCE reading is a call to the government to ensure all the children of Calais are safely housed before the eviction begins, to speed up the Dublin III process, and for the Dubs Amendment transfers to begin as soon as possible.”

 

Theatres urge Government to honour commitment to refugee children

Today theatre companies across the country urge Government to honour its commitment to refugee children with legal right to enter the UK.

 Today 21 theatre companies across the UK wrote to the immigration minister Robert Goodwill to urge the Government to honour its legal commitments under the Immigration Act 2016.  They particularly urge the minister to speed up the process by which those vulnerable young people currently living at the soon to be dismantled Calais refugee camp who are legally entitled to join their families in the UK can do so.

Though fully aware that a visit to the theatre will not be a priority for these vulnerable young people, the theatre companies are indicating their support for these children and the organisations attempting to protect them by offering the children and their families tickets to a show free of charge.

Those taking part are:  Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre, Colin Callender (Playground Entertainment), Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, The National Theatre, Nuffield Southampton, The Old Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Soho Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Unicorn Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Young Vic.

This is our joint statement:

We understand that there are currently 1022 unaccompanied young children living alone in the ‘Jungle’ refugee and migrant camp in Calais.[1] 

 Around half[2] of these children have the legal right to be reunited with their families in the UK under the terms of the Immigration Act 2016.

 As the authorities prepare for the camp’s demolition in the next three weeks, we urge the British Government to honour the legal commitment it has made to protect these children, to speed up the legal process in view of the impending eviction and to do everything it can to ensure the protection of all unaccompanied children living in Calais before the demolition begins. 

 We know that, on their hoped for arrival in the UK, a visit to the theatre will not be the most urgent of these children’s needs. Nonetheless we will all be delighted to welcome them and their families into our theatres across the country and to offer them seats to a show free of charge in the belief that this is one small expression of the desire of millions of UK citizens to do whatever they can to welcome these vulnerable young people in a generous and open-hearted way.”

 

 

[1] Help Refugees/L’Auberge des Migrants Census Report, September 2016

[2] Ibid

Young Vic nominated for 4 Evening Standard Awards

2014 Evening Standard Award nominees, clockwise from top left: Mark Strong, Gillian Anderson, the cast of Ivo van Hove's A View from the Bridge and The Scottsboro Boys

2014 Evening Standard Award nominees, clockwise from top left: Mark Strong, Gillian Anderson, the cast of Ivo van Hove’s A View from the Bridge and The Scottsboro Boys

The Evening Standard Awards shortlist was announced today and we’re delighted to have been nominated for 4 categories! Congratulations to all the nominees; read the full shortlist here.

Tickets are available for A View from the Bridge and The Scottsboro Boys in the West End; book online at youngvic.org.

BEST ACTOR
Mark Strong, A View From The Bridge, Young Vic

NATASHA RICHARDSON AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Gillian Anderson, A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic

MILTON SHULMAN AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Ivo van Hove, A View From The Bridge, Young Vic

NED SHERRIN AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
The Scottsboro Boys, Young Vic and Garrick

Win tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire!

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

It’s competition time! We want your best “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” à la Blanche DuBois via an Instagram video.

Our favourite will win tickets to the NT Live performance of A Streetcar Named Desire here at the Young Vic (being broadcast around the world!) at 7pm on Tuesday 16 September.

Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag when posting your video.

You have until 6pm on Mon 1 Sept.  The winner will be announced shortly after. Oh and remember, we don’t want realism, we want magic! Good luck!

Two special performances of Streetcar announced

CaptureSTRTCARNT Live: Tuesday 16 September 7pm

On 16 September, A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live to over 1000 cinemas worldwide by NT Live. Tickets for the broadcast performance at the Young Vic are £10. Your seats will be allocated nearer the time.

Please note that there will be several cameras in the auditorium and views of the stage may be blocked at any time during the performance. Please note the performance start time of 7pm. Audience members should be in their seats by 6.45pm. Latecomers will not be admitted.There will be 360 degree filming which will result in audience members being filmed and appearing on screen. By attending you are agreeing to being filmed and appearing in the broadcast. Please ensure you wear dark clothing.

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the poker nightThe Poker Night: Thursday 18 September 7.30pm

“Nothing belongs on a poker table but cards, chips and whiskey”
-Stanley Kowalski

Artistic Director David Lan invites you to The Poker Night, an exclusive performance of A Streetcar Named Desire to raise funds for our Directors Program. “As a charity, each year the Young Vic must raise millions of pounds to produce shows like Streetcar and to continue our innovative work with young directors. That’s why we’re asking those of you who can to join us for this special fundraising event.”

Join us for whiskey, poker, and the penultimate performance of A Streetcar Named Desire. Tickets cost £150 and include a drink, programme and the performance.

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Streetcar ticket lottery: July dates

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire rehearsals. Photo by Johan Persson.

To give as many people as possible a chance to see the show, we’ll also be holding our first-ever day seat lottery. Please see the July dates below:

Weds 23 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Thurs 24 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Fri 25 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Sat 26 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Sun 27 July: NO LOTTERY
Mon 28 July: NO LOTTERY
Tues 29 July: drawing at 5.30PM
Weds 30 July: drawings at 1.30PM & 5.30PM
Thurs 31 July: drawing at 5.30PM

Head on down to the Young Vic at 5PM each day and we’ll take your name.  Names will be drawn at 5.30PM with all tickets £20, with a £10 concession for Under 26s. A few bits of housekeeping:

  • There will be a limit of 2 tickets per person for lottery winners
  • On matinee days, please arrive at 1PM for a 1.30PM drawing for the matinee performance only, the usual 5PM time for the evening performance
  • If you don’t get lucky in the lottery, please feel free to join the returns queue

Due to popular demand, day seats and returns will only be available in person.

A Streetcar Named Desire extends + day seat lottery

Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster & Vanessa Kirby | photos by Johan Persson

Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster & Vanessa Kirby | photos by Johan Persson

We’re thrilled to announce that A Streetcar Named Desire will be extended until 19 September!

Because of our flexible auditorium, we’ve also been able to add more seats for every performance. Which means that there will be thousands of tickets on sale next Weds 16 July at 10am!

To give as many people as possible a chance to see the show, we’ll also be holding our first-ever day seat lottery. Head on down to the Young Vic at 5PM each day and we’ll take your name.  Names will be drawn at 5.30PM with all tickets £20, with a £10 concession for Under 26s. A few bits of housekeeping:

  • There will be a limit of 2 tickets per person for lottery winners
  • On matinee days, please arrive at 1PM for a 1.30PM drawing for the matinee performance only
  • If you don’t get lucky in the lottery, please feel free to join the returns queue

Due to popular demand, day seats and returns will only be available in person.

Although we took extra measures with our website and Box Office when we first went on sale, because of overwhelming demand for tickets (a Young Vic record!), many of you had difficulties booking. This time we are doing even more to improve the experience including additional website support and doubling the number of team members on the phones for next Wednesday. However we anticipate that it may take longer to book than usual. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

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