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Artists bring migrant camp to London streets

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 01:29

Good Chance Theatre curates an exhibition on the streets of Central London that symbolizes a refugee camp in Calais. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The tents and shelters of Calais' infamous "jungle" camp have been brought to London in a new installation hoping to teach Britons more about Europe's migrant crisis. The "Encampment" exhibit, which runs until August 7, features structures rebuilt with materials used by the residents of the migrant camp in northern France, which have now been temporarily set up outside London's Somerset House venue. "We want people to recognize that this is a situation that is getting more and more dangerous, it's an emergency," said Joe Murphy, artistic director of Good Chance Theatre. "I've ceased using the word crisis because it's not having the impact it deserves anymore, I'm using the word emergency. We want people to stand up and take note." The shelters have been recreated by the theater group. "It's a symbol," said Murphy. "It was in the refugee camp in Calais. We really wanted to plant it as close as possible to parliament, we're in view, just about of parliament and we wanted to get it really close so you can't ignore the symbol." Earlier this year French authorities dismantled the southern half of the camp where thousands of migrants fleeing war or poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia have massed, hoping to make their way to Britain. Among the display in London are structures with graffiti reading "hello UK" or "humans after all." One bears the writing of Syrian refugee Hamoude Khalil, now in Britain, who wrote: "We just want to go in England please." "All of my dreams were inside this," said the 24-year old, who fled Aleppo some 11 months ago. "Now all of my dreams are coming with me. This has happened and I made it." Good Chance Theatre has also transported and set up the dome structure it used for performances at the Calais camp on London's South Bank. It will host performances as well as discussions around Europe's refugee crisis. Last month Calais' mayor said authorities would soon announce that the remaining half of the camp would be dismantled.

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Artists bring migrant camp to London streets

Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 01:29