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Thursday 8th July at 8pm

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Presented by Varjack-Lowry

What makes some foreigners more ‘acceptable’ than others? What is the cost of belonging?

Set in a landscape of social distancing, social media, WhatsApp and Zoom calls, iMelania is an audio-visual experience that takes place on your phone and desktop. Varjack-Lowry use Melania Trump as an avatar to blur their narratives and participants’ stories; sharing, obscuring and questioning experiences of being foreign in post-Brexit Britain.

iMelania was due to preview at the Barbican in 2020. This is a digital development of that work, set in the borderless land of the internet. With the overwhelming nature of the global digital landscape, how do we use social media to engage with current affairs and connect with one other? How do we use it to escape?

A playful, dizzying, online exploration of impossible twinning between a duo of dual heritage women investigating borders and belonging.

The performance will be live-streamed on 8th July at 8pm and must be viewed across mobile and desktop devices simultaneously. To view the event, you will need to have downloaded Zoom on your desktop and WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter on your mobile phone device. You will need to be logged in a minimum of 20 minutes before the performance starts.

Originally developed through the Barbican Open Lab programme. Commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre. Developed at Quarterhouse Folkestone and by Arts Depot. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


This performance contains references to racism, sexism and xenophobia.


The company don’t believe there are any health warnings in this performance.

If you have any other questions or enquiries that are not covered here please do get in touch by emailing Emma, our General Manager at [email protected]

About the company

Varjack-Lowry is a collaboration between artists Paula Varjack and Chuck Blue Lowry that aims to develop a distinctive visual, theatrical and participatory practice, merging skills derived in filmmaking, theatre-making and participation. Both Paula and Chuck have foreign mothers (Ghanian and Italian respectively) and British fathers and are based in London.|Twitter: @chuckbluelowry @paulavarjackInstagram: @chuckbluelowry @paulavarjack | Facebook: @chuckbluelowry @paulavarjack | #VarjackLowry #iMelania2021

Upcoming Performances

Thu 8 Jul, 2021
8:00 pm