The Welcoming Party
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Ages 8 plus
Running Time approx 1 hour 30 minutes
Venue Touring
Dates July 2017 - September 2018
The Welcoming Party
© Jonathan Keenan
Show News
The Welcoming Party at the Ruhrtriennale Festival
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"Why can't all interactive site-specific theatre be like The Welcoming Party? "
- British Theatre Guide

About the Show

THE WELCOMING PARTY

Ruhrtriennale Festival 2018

How do we welcome new arrivals? What stories have they to tell?

Come and join The Welcoming Party and journey through the derelict and magnificent Zechenwerkstatt Zeche Lohberg in Dinslaken   You will walk alongside people who have travelled from towns and cities far beyond Germany, all looking for a place where they can feel safe and sound.  

A beautiful blend of installation, live music, puppetry and dance, The Welcoming Party is for children aged 8 plus and adults and invites you to think about what it means different – and why we should all be proud of who we are.

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

"This is, no two ways about it, an astonishing piece of theatre: a kids' show that handles immigration, both as lived experience and as bureaucratic system, with such nuance and sophistication that it teaches adults a thing or two as well"
★★★★★
- WhatsOnStage
Afiwa Sika Kuzeawu
Ruhtriennale Festival 2018
Dela Dabulamanzi
Ruhtriennale Festival 2018
Clementine Telesfort
Manchester International Festival 2017, Ruhrtriennale Festival 2018
Hayato Yamaguchi
Ruhtriennale Festival 2018
Markus Schabbing
Ruhtriennale Festival 2018
Mohammad Alshathily
Ruhtriennale Festival 2018
Nassim Avat
Ruhtriennale Festival 2018
Amed Hashimi
Manchester International Festival 2017
Carl Harrison
Manchester International Festival 2017
Emmanuela Yogolelo
Manchester International Festival 2017
Michal Keyamo
Manchester International Festival 2017
Mohamed Sarrar
Manchester International Festival 2017
Mohsen Nouri
Manchester International Festival 2017
Sue Buckmaster
Director
Simon Daw
Designer
Jamaal Burkmar
Choreographer
Frank Moon
Composer
Mark Doubleday
Lighting Designer
Michal Keyamo
Assistant Director (Ruhtriennale Festival 2018)
Jon Gingell
Additional Music & Sound Design (Ruhrtriennale Festival 2018)
Nina Patel-Grainger
Assistant Designer
Holly Henshaw
Costume Supervisor
Matt Hutchinson
Puppet Maker
Naomi Oppenheim
Puppet Maker
Stitches and Glue
Puppet Maker
Miriam Nabarro
Visual Artist
Alexander Raptotasios
Assistant Director (Manchester International Festival)
Louise Wallwein
Script Advisor (Manchester International Festival)

The Welcoming Party at the Ruhrtriennale Festival

We are so excited to announce that The Welcoming Party will be part of the Ruhrtriennale’s 2018 Festival.

Originally co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites, Z-arts and the Ruhrtriennale Festival, The Welcoming Party premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2017. 

We will be reimagining the production for the Zechenwerkstatt Zeche Lohberg in Dinslaken with a cast reflecting the refugee experience in Germany.  This site-specific promenade performance explores real experiences of refugee journeys, arrivals and the subsequent chaos, confusion and bureaucracy that ensues.

For children aged 8 plus, their parents, teachers and carers, The Welcoming Party was one of the Observer’s Top Ten Shows of 2017 and Guardian Reader’s Favourites of 2017.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uciWvNOcXkE

Done with the rackety swagger and invention that we’ve come to expect from Theatre-Rites, a company making shows for children that is right at the forefront of contemporary British theatre practice”. The Guardian. 

This marks Theatre-Rites’ fourth visit to the Ruhrtriennale having previously created two site-specific productions, Salt (2008) and Paradise (2010) as well as touring The Broke N Beat Collective to the 2017 Festival.  As always it is a delight to work with the wonderful and dedicated teams at the Festival who have so diligently supported us over the last few months ensuring this reimagining has the same integrity of approach and content as our 2017 production in Manchester. 

Rehearsals in full swing

We've almost finished week 2 of The Welcoming Party rehearsals working with our incredible creative team, performers, stage managers, producers, educationalists, associate artists ...  Every day the membership grows bigger and bigger.   

Not long now until we open on 4th July at the Manchester International Festival.  You can book tickets here

 

Theatre-Rites will be part of this year's Manchester International Festival

The Welcoming Party is our new site-specific production and is co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites, Z-Arts and the Ruhrtriennale Festival.

For full details click here.

The Welcoming Party marks 21 years since Theatre-Rites' created Houseworks, a site-specific production that altered notions of what immersive art for children could be.  On this special birthday, as we celebrate the power of theatre to allow us all to reflect on the world around us, it is fitting that The Welcoming Party is our first collaboration as an Associate of Z-Arts, Manchester's dedicated venue for children and families.

"Why can't all interactive site-specific theatre be like The Welcoming Party? "
- British Theatre Guide
"This is, no two ways about it, an astonishing piece of theatre: a kids' show that handles immigration, both as lived experience and as bureaucratic system, with such nuance and sophistication that it teaches adults a thing or two as well"
★★★★★
- WhatsOnStage
"Sometimes a theatrical idea and a venue come together in such a profound way as to add a whole new dimension to the piece in question. Such is the case with The Welcoming Party,"
- Kids in Museums
"This is all pretty grown-up stuff, and is done with the rackety swagger and invention that we’ve come to expect from Theatre-Rites, a company making shows for children that is right at the forefront of contemporary British theatre practice"."
★★★★
- The Guardian