Manchester International Festival
How do we welcome new arrivals? What stories have they to tell?
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.
Delighted that The Welcoming Party, nominated for Best Performance, was recognised with a special commendation at the first ever Manchester Cultural Awards.
Congratulations to all the winners especially our friends and partners Z-arts and Manchester International 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.
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
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.
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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.