The Welcoming Party

Ages 8+

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites, Z-arts and the Ruhrtriennale. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites and Z-arts. Supported by the Granada Foundation.

This event takes place at the 1830 Warehouse, Museum of Science & Industry


Come and help us give a warm welcome to some new arrivals in this inspiring immersive show from Theatre-Rites, one of Europe’s most imaginative theatre companies.

The Welcoming Party will take you on an exciting journey through a historic hidden warehouse at the Museum of Science & Industry. You’ll walk alongside people who have travelled here from towns and cities far beyond Manchester, all looking for a place where they can feel safe and sound. And along the way, perhaps you can help them find what they’re looking for.

A beautiful blend of puppetry, performance, dance and live music for both children and family audiences, The Welcoming Party invites you to think about what it means to feel different – and why we should all be proud of who we are.

Book your tickets via the Manchester International Festival website

Performance dates

4 July (preview): 7pm
5 – 7 and 12 – 14 July: 7pm
8, 9, and 15 July: 11.30am, 3pm and 7pm
16 July: 11.30am and 3pm

Shows are 90 minutes long.

Accessible performances

13 July: 7pm – BSL interpreted
15 July: 11.30am – Relaxed performance

In Conversation

7 July: 1pm
Free (ticket required)

Sue Buckmaster (Director), Liz O’Neill (Z-arts), Phelim McDermott, Jane Davidson MBE, Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari will discuss creating work for younger audiences.

Family events at Z-arts

The welcome continues at Z-arts throughout the summer with lots of free family activities.

The Welcoming Party HQ Fun Day

The Welcoming Party HQ Saturday Demo’s

Our City, Our Home Exhibition


Download the Education Pack