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Whether you’re interested in getting behind the scenes with a theatre production or exploring world class art exhibitions, we’ve got something you’ll love. Below, we’ve gathered all the practical information you’ll need to plan your visit to the MAC.


Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for secondary level students.

Your class can experience a live theatre show, enjoy world-class art exhibitions, take a tour backstage or enjoy a customised creative workshop led by a professional artist.

We’ve welcomed over 15,000 school children to the MAC since we opened our doors in 2012 and we aim to complement the National Curriculum with our varied programme throughout the year. 

Visit the Galleries

Guided school tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our team, who will show you and your class around our exhibitions and point out interesting things along the way.

You can also request to meet our curators on your visit if you’d like to hear further information on any of our exhibitions. A guided tour of our current exhibition is priced at just £3 per pupil. Enjoy some exclusive insights into the current work on display, all delivered in a bespoke tour by a MAC front of house officer. Booking in advance for tours is essential, please email Clare Lawlor for more information. 

Take a Workshop

Working with our in-house experienced theatre directors, musicians and artists, get creative with dance, music, drama and art in a bespoke workshop which we can create to compliment your curriculum topics.

Costing just £140, tailored workshops will include a 1.5 hour creative session with a professional artist and a navigated tour of the MAC’s exhibitions. 

For more information or to book a workshop, simply email Clare Lawlor, Learning and Participation Officer at the MAC.

See a Show

Enhance your pupils' learning with a trip to the theatre.

We work with the best in local and national theatre companies to provide your pupils with the opportunity to experience world-class theatre. Talk to us about exciting opportunities to meet the actors or go behind the scenes of the shows.

Our exclusive school ticket offer provides great value, with an £8 special reduced rate for tickets and for every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free.

Perfect for Years 12, 13 & 14: Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party

The MAC is proud to be producing Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party this April. From a time when the height of urban sophistication was cheese and pineapple on a stick, served nonchalantly on a Lazy Susan comes a tragi-comedy about social climbing, prejudice and fear of not doing ‘the done thing’. You'll find Mike Leigh on the Key Stage 3 Drama curriculum however Abigail's Party will be a fun and enjoyable trip to the theatre for all ages. School tickets are priced at just £8 per pupil and for every 10 bought, you'll get an 11th free.

Perfect for Years 8 & 9: Christmas show 2018

Soon to be announced, our Christmas show for 2018 promises to be jam-packed with fun and laughter for all ages. Available to book now, speak to our Box Office team on 028 9023 5053 for more information. 

Book by downloading a school booking form & emailing it to Melissa McMinn.

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Your contact at the MAC

For any questions about a school visit to the MAC, Clare Lawlor, our Learning and Participation Officer would love to hear from you. Contact Clare on: clare@themaclive.com or call us on 028 90 235053

Coach Drop Off

The coach drop-off point for school visits is at Exchange street West (beside St. Anne’s Cathedral) and right beside the MAC entrance.

Access and Facilities

The MAC is a fully accessible venue with lifts to all floors, hearing loop facilities, audio described and captioned shows, relaxed performances and accessible seating. If you have any specific access requirements, please contact us in advance.

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