The Welcoming Party - Ruhrtriennale
Previous Show
Ages 8 plus
Running Time 1 hour 30 mins
Venue Ruhrtriennale Festival
Ended September 2018
A man looks out, with a puppet of his mother behind him.
© Volker Beushausen
"Why can't all interactive site-specific theatre be like The Welcoming Party? "
- - British Theatre Guide

About the Show

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
Mohammad Alshathily
Nassim Avat
Dela Dabulamanzi
Afiwa Sika Kuzeawu
Clementine Telesfort
Markus Schabbing
Hayato Yamaguchi
Sue Buckmaster

Sue is the Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites and the fourth generation of theatre practitioners in her family. 

In 2018 Sue was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Essex in recognition of her inspiring leadership in theatre direction and puppetry.

Sue has many years of experience as a director, puppetry specialist and teacher, and has worked with a wide variety of companies including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Young Vic, Sadler's Wells and Complicite. 

For more information about Sue's work - click here

Simon Daw

Simon studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and Glasgow School of Art followed by a Postgrad at Motley Theatre Design Course, London.

Stage design credits include: 1984 (Northern Ballet); Baskerville (Liverpool Playhouse); The Welcoming Party (MIF/Theatre-Rites); World Factory (Metis Arts/Young Vic/Fabrications Festival Lancashire); French Without Tears (& UK Tour), Humble Boy, Poison, The Lottery of Love, Sheppey, The Philanderer, Widowers’ Houses, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd (Orange Tree Theatre); A Dark Night in Dalston (Park Theatre); Material Men (Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Co.); Sister Act (Kilworth House); Wonderful Tennessee (Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield); Digitopia (Tom Dale Company); Pied Piper (The Yard Theatre); The Planet and Stuff (Polka Theatre/Tonic Theatre); The Secret Agent (Theatre O, Traverse Theatre/Young Vic and UK Tour); Eventual Progress (Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre); Waiting for Godot, The Winter’s Tale, The Daughter-In-Law (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Two, Tanika’s Journey, Double Sentence (Deafinitely Theatre); Democracy (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield & The Old Vic, London); The Metamorphosis (Linbury, Royal Opera House and The Joyce, New York); Dead Heavy Fantastic, Lost Monsters (Liverpool Everyman); As One (Royal Ballet); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe); Dolls (National Theatre of Scotland); Fast Labour (Hampstead Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse); DNA, Baby Girl, The Miracle, The Enchantment (National Theatre); Elling (Bush and Trafalgar Studios)

Jamaal Burkmar

Jamaal Burkmar is an explosive, award-winning choreographer based in Leeds. He is a recipient of the One Dance UK 2017-18 Trailblazer fellowship, an inaugural recipient of the DanceXchange Choreographic Award, and the New Adventures Choreography Award amongst many others. Over the last year Jamaal has created a new work for his professional company funded by the Arts Council, worked on several commissions and new pieces in the UK and Europe. Most recently Jamaal was commissioned by the Birmingham Dance Hub to create a series of new works in 2018.

Frank Moon

Raised in Cornwall, Frank trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with several composition awards and prizes, and subsequently held a lecturing post at Coventry University before becoming a freelance performer and composer.

Frank's work as a composer is regularly for dance and theatre. Scores for dance include several large works with longstanding collaborator, choreographer Arthur Pita: two orchestral ballets, The Wind (Royal Ballet) and Salome (San Francisco Ballet), plus live scores for The Metamorphosis (Royal Opera House), The Little Match Girl (Jerwood Dancehouse / Sadler's Wells), The World's Greatest Show (tour), Facada (Segerstrom Centre, CA; Stanislavsky Theatre, Moscow; City Center New York, London Coliseum), and Utopia (International Dance Festival Birmingham). Frank has also created sound design and additional music for Pita’s productions Run Mary Run (Sadler's Wells / world tour), Stepmother/Stepfather (UK tour), and La Bala (Brazillian tour). Frank was arranger and music director for Whelan/Watson: Other Stories (Royal Opera House, City Center New York).

Commissions for theatre include The Welcoming Party (Theatre Rites / Manchester International Festival), Philip Pullman's I Was A Rat (Birmingham Rep), The BFG (Birmingham Rep), Barney Norris's award winning play Visitors, and HAG (The Wrong Crowd, Edinburgh Fringe). Short film scores include two commissions from English National Ballet - Curing Albrecht and The Last Resort.

Mark Doubleday
Lighting Designer

Mark trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where he won the Richard Pilbrow Prize.

Recent Theatre includes:

Arabian Nights Royal Lyceum Theatre; Humble Boy, Poison, The Lottery of Love  Orange Tree Theatre; Waiting for Godot Sheffield Theatres; Silver Lining English Touring Theatre; The Welcoming Party Manchester International Festival; Two Way Mirror Keswick; The Iris Murders Hebrides Ensemble; The Lonesome West Tron Theatre; The Philanderer and French without Tears, Orange Tree Theatre; Laurence After Arabia, Hampstead Theatre; Waiting For Godot, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh; The Distance, Democracy, The Daughter-in-Law, Winter’s Tale, Wonderful Tennessee, Sheffield Theatres; Democracy, Old Vic; Elling, Trafalgar Studios; Woman in Mind, A Christmas Carol, Birmingham Rep; Time And The Conways, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh; Three Sisters, Tron Theatre; The Glass Menagerie, Dundee Rep; Peter Pan, Bristol Old Vic; The Importance Of Being Earnest, Nottingham Playhouse; Educating Rita, A View From The Bridge, Liverpool Playhouse; Little Platoons and The Knowledge, Bush Theatre; Widower’s Houses, Orange Tree.

Nina Patel-Grainger
Assistant Designer

Since graduating from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in 2010, Nina has worked as a theatre designer, scenic artist and prop maker for various companies around the UK including: Shakespeare’s Globe, Birmingham REP, Liverpool Everyman, and Slung Low.

As a model maker she has assisted designers including Christopher Oram, Ian McNeil, Angela Davies and Tim Goodchild.

Michal Keyamo
Assistant Director

Since graduating as a Bachelor of Law, Michal has focused on work, mainly in new writing, as a director and performer; she is currently developing her first autobiographical solo show exploring mental health. Having performed in the original production of The Welcoming Party at The Manchester International Festival last year, she is thrilled to be part of the show once again as a member of the creative team.

Directing credits include: Momentum by Roy Williams, Young Vic; Connections, Theatre 503; Rupture, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

 Associate/Assisting Credits: A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, Kirsty Housley, Complicite; Junkyard, Jeremy Herrin, Headlong; House/Amongst the Reeds, Róisín McBrinn, CleanBreak Theatre; Blue/Orange, Matthew Xia, Young Vic (part of the Young Vic's Jerwood Assistant Director Programme 2016, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation); Macbeth, Carrie Cracknell & Lucy Guerin, Young Vic (Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director)

Jon Gingell
Additional Music & Sound Design
"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