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Theatre // Coming up // FIAFest: iMelania
12 July

FIAFest: iMelania

iMelania - by Varjack-Lowry

Brought to you as part of Falmouth International Arts Fetsival by imPOSSIBLE Producing.

An experience that takes place on your phone and the big screen.

Set in a landscape of social distancing, social media, WhatsApp and Zoom calls, iMelania is an audio-visual experience that will take place on both your mobile phone and the large screen at the Poly Theatre. 

Varjack-Lowry use Melania Trump as an avatar of an “acceptably” foreign woman, obscuring and questioning experiences of being foreign in post-Brexit Britain.

With the overwhelming nature of the global digital landscape, how do we use social media to engage with current affairs and connect? How do we use it to escape?

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


“ brilliant storytelling which punches you in the face while giving you a hug.”


“reminds us how this global big stuff which often feels far away reduces back to the impact on individuals right next to us “

content warning: there are references to racism, sexism and loss.

Please bring headphones that connect to your phone!


Varjack-Lowry is a collaboration between artists Paula Varjack and Chuck Blue Lowry; merging skills derived from careers in filmmaking, theatre-making, and participation. They were chosen as one of six Barbican Open Lab 2019/20 artists and are also Associate Artists with The Pleasance.


Originally developed through the Barbican Open Lab Programme. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Commissioned by Camden People’s Theatre. Developed at Quarterhouse Folkestone. Associate Artists with The Pleasance.

Development blog (with previous reviews)



@chuckblulowry @paulavarjack     


iMelania - by Varjack-Lowry

Tuesday 12th July 1.30pm & 8.00pm 

Tickets: £4,£9,£11,£14

A £1 Poly Fund payment is added to each ticket sold.

Can’t attend in person?

FIAFest and The Poly are offering the chance to attend the show virtually! The show will take place on your desktop or phone. 

Follow these links for THE ONLINE EVENT ONLY:





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