“This was where I recorded my first demo, gave my first band performance of my own music, and delivered my first music workshops. It was here at Z-arts that I developed my artistic practice, making connections that continue to this day, and so being an Associate Artist here feels like coming home
As Associate Artist, I’ll be curating and giving performances, composing, and making work with musicians from and around Hulme. Z-arts is such an exciting and inspiring place to be, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Photo credit & copyright: Emile Holba
Sue Buckmaster, Artistic Director Theatre-Rites, says “Theatre-Rites is delighted to be an Associate of Z-Arts. This fruitful relationship began when I took part in a Creative Gathering to discuss how to develop revolutionary children’s theatre, and we formalized our Associate role in 2017 when we collaborated on The Welcoming Party, a site-specific show offering a way for young people to reflect on how they feel about the current refugee situation. The Welcoming Party was co-produced by Theatre-Rites, the Manchester International Festival, Z-arts and the Ruhrtriennale Festival and resonated with young and old,’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 teachers adults a thing or two as well’ – Whatsonstage
Theatre-Rites has been at the forefront of children’s theatre for the last 21 years, presenting work across the UK and internationally. We recognise Z-Arts as one of the most ground-breaking, forward-thinking and exciting Theatres for Children in the UK. We are thrilled to join forces with them to challenge, stimulate and entertain children and their accompanying adults, and to support debates and initiatives, which keep this important work at the forefront of cultural experiences on offer today, and in the future.
Together we feel that it is a vital time to protect, nurture and inspire children and young adults, and those who take care of them.”