Free entry – Donate online or at the museum Open 10am – 5pm daily

The Welcoming Party Theatre-Rites world premiere

4 – 16 July 2017

  • Various start times (see below)
  • Ages 8 and older
  • £15 adults
    £10 under 16s
    £12 for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage
  • 1830 Warehouse
  • Step-free access throughout. Wheelchair-accessible toilets on ground floor of 1830 Warehouse. Read our facilities guide. Sensible footwear must be worn for this event.

    Ticketholders are requested to use the Water Street entrance to the Museum. Engineering works will be taking place at this time; however, ticketholders may still use this entrance.

The Welcoming Party will take you on an exciting journey through a historic hidden warehouse at the Museum of Science and 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 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, Phelim McDermott, Jane Davidson MBE, Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari will discuss creating work for younger audiences.


The Welcoming Party has been commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites, Z-arts and Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts. Produced by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites and Z-arts. Supported by the Granada Foundation.

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