This multimedia show explores what it means to be ‘foreign’ at a time of divisive debate about immigration.
Using the current first lady of the United States as an avatar, I, MELANIA delves into Melania Trump’s journey from her home country to public life, raising questions around how societies view and respond to ‘foreigners’.
Performed by Paula Varjack and Chuck Blue Lowry, accompanied by an intergenerational group of female participants.
The Open Lab Showcase presents work-in-progress performances by emerging and mid-career artists following a period of research and development at the Barbican as part of the Open Lab Programme.
35 mins, no interval
Age guidance 14+
Presented by the Barbican
Supported by the Romilly Walton Masters Award with additional support from the Noël Coward Foundation.
Barbican Open Lab supported by Arts Council England.
I, MELANIA has been developed through the Barbican Open Lab programme and is supported by Arts Council England
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The Pit is located on Level -2 within the main Barbican building and can be accessed via the stairs or lifts on Level G, next to the doors to the Lakeside Terrace.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
The Pit floor (level minus 2) can be reached via the main lifts – please note that only two of the four lifts go to this floor. Access Step-free access from the Pit floor foyer to any front-row seat. All other seats lead off stepped aisles.
Spaces for two wheelchair users in the front row (at stage level), with companion seats. Front row seats are also suitable for people with limited mobility.
Because space in the auditorium is limited, we recommend that you leave your dog to be cared for by a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
Amplified sound is provided through a headset for people with impaired hearing. Audio-described performances use a wireless network to relay through a headset a live description of the scenery, costumes, facial expressions and action. Headsets are available. You can obtain one 30 minutes before the performance from the programme desk inside the Pit Theatre entrance.
Large-print exhibition information
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For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.