The Welcoming Party

Produced by Theatre-Rites

Tue 4 July, 2017

Sat 15 July, 2017

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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.

Co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites, Z-Arts and the Ruhrtriennale Festival.




Dinslaken, Germany (Ruhrtriennale Festival)
Fri 7 September, 2018 -
Sun 16 September, 2018
Zechenwerkstatt Lohberg

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

Sue Buckmaster Director

Simon Daw  Designer

Jamaal Burkmar Choreography

Frank Moon Composer

Mark Doubleday Lighting Designer