29 June – 16 July 2017

The Welcoming Party

1830 Warehouse, Museum of Science and Industry

Tue 4 – Sun 16 July


A family show for everyone aged 8+

World premiere

Come and help us give a warm welcome to some new arrivals in this inspiring immersive show from Theatre-Rites, one of Europe’s most imaginative theatre companies.

The Welcoming Party will take you on an exciting journey through a historic hidden warehouse at the Museum of Science & Industry. You’ll walk alongside people who have travelled here from towns and cities far beyond Manchester, all looking for a place where they can feel safe and sound. And along the way, perhaps you can help them find what they’re looking for.

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


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) will all be offering insights into how they create original new work for children, young people and family audiences.

Pavilion Theatre, Fri 7 July, 1pm 

You can download The Welcoming Party resource pack here


Relaxed Performances

You can find out more about the relaxed nature of the performance on Sat 15 July 11.30am by reading the visual stories of The Welcoming Party on these documents below. Please note these documents may contain spoilers on the show.

Visual Story – Show Content (spoilers!)  Visual Story – The Venue and Set Up

Sue Buckmaster
Simon Daw
Jamaal Burkmar
Frank Moon
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