Following the sell-out success of The Welcoming Party at MIF17, Theatre-Rites returns to the Festival with a team of international collaborators – and an uplifting new show mixing dance, music, theatre and puppetry for children and family audiences.

We can now connect with anyone, in person and on screen – but is the camera our friend, our playmate or something else entirely? Partly inspired by our year under lockdown, The Global Playground explores the magic of our first encounters, how we play together, how we connect and sometimes disconnect – and ultimately how we make the most of the time we spend together, however we spend it. This joyful show invites us to celebrate both the people we are and the people we cherish, and reminds us all to treat one another with kindness and care.


Sue Buckmaster Director
Gregory Maqoma Choreographer
Ingrid Hu Designer
Ayanna Witter-Johnson Composer
Guy Hoare Lighting Designer
Nick Sagar Sound Designer
Ali Beale Production Manager
Martin Riley Digital Film and Production

Rebecca Taylor Assistant Director
Gemma Nixon Assistant Choreographer
Michael Douglas Assistant Designer
Stitches & Glue Puppet Makers
Talk to the Hand Puppet Makers

Laura Hammond Company Stage Manager
Adam Steed Technical Stage Manager
Sarah Wardle Assistant Stage Manager
Stewart Bartles Production Electrician

Jahmarley Bachelor
Annie Edwards
Sean Garratt
Merlin Jones
Kennedy Junior Muntanga
Charmene Pang

Essential Information

COVID-19 safety

The safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. As well as following all government and industry guidelines, we’re working closely with specialist safety consultants to ensure all our venues are COVID-safe and secure for everyone. You can read more details about our safety measures on our Visit Us page, which we’ll update regularly between now and the Festival.


We want to ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy MIF21: in person at live events, through our free public artworks and online. We’ll announce access performances and provide detailed access information when tickets go on sale. If you’d like to receive news about access performances by email, register for an MIF account, click ‘Other Preferences’, select your access requirement and then click ‘Email me updates about accessible events at MIF’.