The Welcoming Party
Previous Show
Ages 8 plus
Running Time approx 1 hour 30 minutes
Venue 1830 Warehouse, Museum of Science and Industry
Ended July 2017
The Welcoming Party
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"Why can't all interactive site-specific theatre be like The Welcoming Party? "
- British Theatre Guide

About the Show

We are delighted to announce the world premiere of our new site-specific production

THE WELCOMING PARTY

for the 2017 Manchester International Festival

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

Come and join The Welcoming Party and journey through a hidden warehouse at the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester.  You will walk alongside people who have travelled from towns and cities far beyond Manchester, 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.
 

The Welcoming Party invites you to think about what it means different – and why we should all be proud of who we are.


Tuesday 4th to Sunday 16th July

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

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 only dedicated venue for children and families.

 

Dates & Performance Times

Tue 4 July: (preview) 7pm

Wed 5 –  Fri 7 July 7pm

Sat 8 and Sun 9 July: 11.30am / 3pm / 7pm

Wed 12 –  Fri 14 July: 7pm

Sat 15 July: 11.30am / 3pm / 7pm

Sun 16 July: 11.30am & 3pm

 

Accessible performances

Thur 13 July: 7pm- BSL interpreted

Sat 15 July: 11.30am - Relaxed 

"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
Amed Hashimi
Carl Harrison
Clementine Telesfort
Emmanuela Yogolelo
Michal Keyamo
Mohamed Sarrar
Mohsen Nouri
Sue Buckmaster
Director
Simon Daw
Designer
Jamaal Burkmar
Choreographer
Frank Moon
Composer
Mark Doubleday
Lighting Designer
Alexander Raptotasios
Assistant Director
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
Louise Wallwein
Script Advisor

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