The Welcoming Party
       
     
 How do we welcome new arrivals? What stories have they to tell?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.
       
     
 As visual artist, I worked closely with the performer and with Sue Buckmaster to distill points of the journey from Iraq to the UK, via Iran, Syria and Norway. The story was told through pop up paper sculptures that emerged from Box files in the immigration detention centre. These small models were animated by puppeteers and projected behind, allowing the performer to both perform in, and comment upon his live in different scales. The mix up of lo-fi pop up and digital hand held projection was much commented upon.
       
     
 ."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
       
     
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  I was born in Baghdad…
       
     
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  The Destroyed book market of Al Mutannabbi St
       
     
  The first gulf war
       
     
  We passed through Iran….
       
     
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  Arriving at the al- Sayyeda Zeinab Shrine in Damascus when I was 3…
       
     
  Arriving in Norway… with the coloured houses…
       
     
  … and Trolls in the forest…
       
     
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  … in summer we swim in the lake…
       
     
  … I see things I shouldn’t see!
       
     
  Beneath the tower block in the unnamed country there is a theatre…
       
     
  … filled with dancing girls and feathers…
       
     
  … I look out of my window…
       
     
  … and imagine Superman and Spiderman battling to save me…
       
     
  … we arrive in Dusseldorf…
       
     
The Welcoming Party
       
     
The Welcoming Party

2017 Manchester International Festival, Co-commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre-Rites, Z-Arts and the Ruhrtriennale Festival 2018
Directed by Sue Buckmaster, Deisgned by Simon Daw, Choreography Jamaal Burkmar, Composer Frank Moon, Light by Mark Doubleday

Visual Artist Miriam Nabarro

 How do we welcome new arrivals? What stories have they to tell?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.
       
     

How do we welcome new arrivals? What stories have they to tell?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.

 As visual artist, I worked closely with the performer and with Sue Buckmaster to distill points of the journey from Iraq to the UK, via Iran, Syria and Norway. The story was told through pop up paper sculptures that emerged from Box files in the immigration detention centre. These small models were animated by puppeteers and projected behind, allowing the performer to both perform in, and comment upon his live in different scales. The mix up of lo-fi pop up and digital hand held projection was much commented upon.
       
     

As visual artist, I worked closely with the performer and with Sue Buckmaster to distill points of the journey from Iraq to the UK, via Iran, Syria and Norway. The story was told through pop up paper sculptures that emerged from Box files in the immigration detention centre. These small models were animated by puppeteers and projected behind, allowing the performer to both perform in, and comment upon his live in different scales. The mix up of lo-fi pop up and digital hand held projection was much commented upon.

 ."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
       
     

."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

Screen Shot 2019-01-29 at 15.25.40.png
       
     
  I was born in Baghdad…
       
     

I was born in Baghdad…

Screen Shot 2019-01-29 at 15.26.09.png
       
     
  The Destroyed book market of Al Mutannabbi St
       
     

The Destroyed book market of Al Mutannabbi St

  The first gulf war
       
     

The first gulf war

  We passed through Iran….
       
     

We passed through Iran….

IMG_5557.JPG
       
     
  Arriving at the al- Sayyeda Zeinab Shrine in Damascus when I was 3…
       
     

Arriving at the al- Sayyeda Zeinab Shrine in Damascus when I was 3…

  Arriving in Norway… with the coloured houses…
       
     

Arriving in Norway… with the coloured houses…

  … and Trolls in the forest…
       
     

… and Trolls in the forest…

IMG_5575.JPG
       
     
  … in summer we swim in the lake…
       
     

… in summer we swim in the lake…

  … I see things I shouldn’t see!
       
     

… I see things I shouldn’t see!

  Beneath the tower block in the unnamed country there is a theatre…
       
     

Beneath the tower block in the unnamed country there is a theatre…

  … filled with dancing girls and feathers…
       
     

… filled with dancing girls and feathers…

  … I look out of my window…
       
     

… I look out of my window…

  … and imagine Superman and Spiderman battling to save me…
       
     

… and imagine Superman and Spiderman battling to save me…

  … we arrive in Dusseldorf…
       
     

… we arrive in Dusseldorf…