FINDING MELANIA

A twisted dark comedy about the fascination and lure of masculine power and the women who submit all.

Melania – once an enigmatic beauty, now pretty much forgotten – is discovered years later living somewhere deep in the bowels of the White House. Holding on to her husband’s belief that they will one day return and Make It All Great Again, she welcomes ‘an audience with Melania’ and lives out
her memories, dreams, and fantasies. A dark clown show exploring the grotesque behind the glamour and what it takes to ‘stand by your man’. Drawing on dictator wives, populist methods, karaoke and asking us to consider our responsibility in the making of a monster.

Merging clowning, absurd and dark comedy to ask:

What did it take to prop up Donald and his authoritarian demands?

Finding Melania offers a brutal interrogation of women in positions of power through a grotesque caricature of an aged Melania Trump reliving her memories in an isolated dystopia.

We ask audiences to question the role of women who prop up monstrous authoritarianism, what does it take to play the role well and what is left when the dictator inevitably falls?

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24th September 2022: Camden People’s Theatre

28th & 30th April 2022: Canal Café Theatre

Creative team

Theatre

Conceived & Performed by:  Denise Stephenson
Direction & Dramaturg:  Sarah Calver
Production Design:  Sarah Calver
  Evie Fehilly
Sound Design:  Nicola T. Chang 張彤
Stage Management:  Sam Campbell
Graphic Design:  Émilie Chen
  Iona Kirk
Images & Media:  Sarah Calver
  Alexander Stagg

Cast

Melania:  Denise Stephenson

Film

Conceived & Performed by:  Denise Stephenson
Direction & Dramaturg:  Sarah Calver
Production Design:  Sarah Calver
  Evie Fehilly
Video Director:  Evie Fehilly
Camera Operation:  Anton Berggren
  Natalie Hermelin Aström
Sound Design:  John Chambers
Lighting Consultation:  Claire Childs
Art Department:
Lucca Benney

Cast

Melania:  Denise Stephenson

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