29 June – 16 July 2017

The Welcoming Party

1830 Warehouse, Museum of Science and Industry

Tue 4 – Sun 16 July

Theatre-Rites

A family show for everyone aged 8+

World premiere

This inspiring immersive show was created by Theatre-Rites, one of Europe’s most imaginative theatre companies.

The Welcoming Party took us on a thrilling journey through a historic hidden warehouse at the Museum of Science & Industry, walking alongside people who had travelled here from towns and cities far beyond Manchester, all looking for a place where they could feel safe and sound. We hoped we helped them find what they were looking for.

A beautiful blend of puppetry, performance, dance and live music for both children and family audiences, The Welcoming Party made us think about what it means to feel different – and why we should all be proud of who we are.

 

‘We’ve all read articles describing the bureaucratic hurdles facing asylum seekers, but Theatre-Rites’ remarkable immersive show for the over-eights makes us feel it’ The Guardian

‘Emotive and inspiring’ The Stage

 

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Talk: Brave and Bold

Liz O’Neill (Z-arts), Sue Buckmaster (The Welcoming Party), Jane Davidson MBE (Scottish Opera, co-producers of BambinO) and Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari (creators of Party Skills for the End of the World) were in conversation at the Pavilion Theatre, Fri 7 July.

Sue Buckmaster
Director
Simon Daw
Designer
Jamaal Burkmar
Choreographer
Frank Moon
Composer
Mark Doubleday
Lighting Designer

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites, Z-arts and Ruhrtrienniale International Festival of the Arts. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites and Z-arts. Supported by the Granada Foundation.

Photo: The Welcoming Party workshops in London, UK, February 2017
© Jonathan Keenan