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What is a family? Where does it come from? Can we make our own?

Theatre maker Victor Esses (Where to Belong) and visual artist Yorgos Petrou recently made some big plans, and they don’t know if they are ready for them. One is to make a show together, the other is to have a baby…

Unfamiliar is a frank autobiographical performance combining text, movement and found objects to explore received and created narratives, legacy and being queer today. What do we need to do to live the life we always wanted?

NOMINATED FOR LUKAS AWARDS 2019 for Theatrical Production of the Year and Victor Esses for Performing Artist of the Year


Written and performed by Victor Esses and Yorgos Petrou

Frank, intimate, layered and highly emotional - Camden New Journal

Inspiring - The Protagonist Magazine

Outside Eye: Mikhail Karikis

Movement Director: Rhiannon Faith

Dramaturg: Lou Cope

Lighting Designer: Martin Langthorne

Developed at Battersea Arts Centre, The Pleasance, The Marlborough, Applecart Arts and Finnish Institute London. It was selected by Brighton Dome's The Works where it received dramaturgical support, scratched at BAC, The Marlborough, The Basement and Barbican Centre - part of Fertility Fest.


Kindly supported by Arts Council England and Ministry of Culture of Cyprus.

The piece premiered at Arcola Theatre, opening CASA Festival 2019 and it was presented at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol as part of Papaya Fest.

Unfamiliar at Home had a live, digital tour in 2020, presented by The Lowry, Chapter Cardiff, artsdepot, Cambridge Junction, The Place Bedford and Shout Festival.

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