Accessibility

Accessible Information

The MAC and our programme has been designed with accessibility in mind. We have lifts to all levels and our Front of House team is fully trained to provide additional assistance during your visit.

So that we can send you the most relevant information on upcoming Access shows and events, we recommend you join our Access Register here and we encourage carers to register too.


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Building

We have designed the building with access and inclusion in mind and we welcome your feedback. If you need any additional assistance in getting around our building, please speak to our box office about wheelchair assistance.

Toilets

There are accessible toilets on each of the 6 floors of the MAC. Please note that our toilets do not contain hoist systems. 

Seating

We have 6 dedicated wheelchair seats in Downstairs at the MAC – two on the balcony and four on the ground floor. Our box office team will be happy to advise where they are located or you can book online.

Seats in our other theatre, Upstairs at the MAC are unreserved so please contact our Box Office team to ensure we offer you the best seat.

photograph of the MAC's downstairs theatre from above.

Performances

During the season, the MAC regularly programmes a range of accessible performances where some minor adaptations are made to ensure the show is enjoyed by all.

Signed Performances

Signed performances allow you experience the show through British Sign Language (BSL). Where possible, your interpreter will appear in costume, up close with the actors, allowing for a more immersive experience.

Captioning

Captioning is similar to television subtitles - the actors' words appear on an LED screen positioned above the stage at the same time as they are spoken or sung.  

Audio Described Performances

Audio described performances are designed to welcome people who are blind or partially sighted. They give a live commentary of the visual aspects of a production, along with the actors' dialogue. Pick up a radio headset from Box Office when you arrive to hear the audio description throughout the show.

Relaxed Shows

MAC Relaxed Shows are specifically designed to welcome people with a learning disability, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Condition or sensory and communication disorders.

There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects. An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, 'the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train'.