Britain's home secretary Sajid Javid

The Good Chance Theatre and the National Theatre have invited Home Secretary Sajid Javid to a special performance of The Jungle, a show on refugees based in Calais.

This offer comes after Javid was criticised for questioning whether people risking their lives to cross the English Channel were “genuine” refugees.

In a tweet, Good Chance Theatre said: “@SajidJavid We’d like to offer you & the @HomeOffice a special performance of @TheJungleUS to #startaconversation about why people seek asylum, worsening conditions in Calais causing people to risk their lives & to try to better understand the human beings behind the headlines.”

And the National Theatre’s official Twitter account endorsed the message, writing: “We’d be thrilled to support this performance. @TheJungleUS is such an important piece that brings to life the complex human stories behind asylum claims. #startaconversation.”

Javid and the Home Office are yet to respond to the invitation.

Javid, meanwhile, defended questioning the genuinity of migrants, saying: “I’m not afraid to say that I think there are some legitimate questions that need to be asked, why for instance are so many people to cross the Channel from France to the UK when France itself is a safe country?”

“The principle of the first safe country is well established and widely accepted in international law.”