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The Arts Academy, now in its 13th year, is an essential part of any young actor's training. During the course, Bruiser will focus on enhancing performance skills and professional development, equipping students to perform at the best of their ability.

Details

Serious stuff aside, it's a lot of fun too. You'll work with Northern Ireland's best directors, musicians, and dancers to create a showcase performance and show the world what you're made of.

For further info and to apply, visit the Bruiser Theatre Co. website.


Level 1 and 2

The Arts Academy Level 1 & 2 is an intensive 10-day training course for young people with a passion for the performing arts.  With a maximum of 20 places per course, you'll get heaps of individual attention from our expert directors, musicians, and dancers to help you really hone your skills.

Level 1 is aimed at students aged 14 - 16 who are at the GCSE stage of their education.   Level 2 is a more advanced programme for students aged 16 - 18 who are taking A-Levels or equivalent courses. During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance - all culminating in a showcase performance for your family and friends - a real chance to show off what you're made of.

If you're passionate about performing, Bruiser would love you to join them for The Arts Academy 2018.

  • Programme Dates: 16 - 26 July 2018
  • Location: The MAC Belfast  
  • Age Range: 14-21
  • Duration: 10-day training course
  • Cost: £200

Graduate Academy

Graduate Academy is an intensive 10-day training course for young people with a passion for the performing arts, who are getting pretty serious about their career.  With a maximum of 15 places per course, you'll get heaps of individual attention from our expert directors, musicians, and dancers to really hone your skills.   

You'll also get one on one monologue coaching from a top NI director, and advice from agents and casting directors on landing your first gigs. The Graduate Academy is aimed at actors aged 18+ who are preparing to launch their career. During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance - all culminating in a showcase performance in front of a host of NI Theatre professionals - a fantastic chance to get spotted!

  • Programme Dates: 6 - 16 August 2018
  • Location: The MAC Belfast  
  • Age Range: 18+yrs
  • Duration: 10-day training course
  • Cost: £250

The Start Academy

This new entry-level course is designed for young people who love the idea of performing but might not have had the chance to be on stage before.  If you're aged 13 - 16 and want the opportunity to learn some top class performance skills, then The Start Academy is for you.

During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance, all culminating in a showcase performance for your family and friends. Please note that places are limited and will first be allocated to those without a background in theatre before considering other candidates.  We're asking that students are referred to us by their teachers, at school or drama clubs, so that the students with the most potential can join us for this course.

If you're a teacher who knows a pupil who would be perfect for this programme, please get in touch.

Teacher Referral Only

  • Programme Dates: 20 - 26 August 2018
  • Location: The MAC Belfast​
  • Age Range: 13 – 16yrs
  • Duration: 6-day training course
  • Cost: £100

Who is it for?

The Bruiser MAC Arts Academy caters for students from the age of 14-21 years. The Graduate Academy is designed for students currently in higher education.

Level 1 & 2 is an intensive 10-day training course for young people with a passion for the performing arts.  


Graduate Academy is aimed at actors aged 18+ who are preparing to launch their career. During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, musical theatre, and dance - all culminating in a showcase performance in front of a host of NI Theatre professionals

For more information, visit the Bruiser Theatre website.

How it works

Application information

To apply for the Bruiser Arts Academy, please visit this web page.

Prices

Pricing Information

Level 1 and 2

  • Programme Dates: 16 - 26 July 2018
  • Age Range: 14-21
  • Cost: £200

Graduate Academy

  • Programme Dates: 6 - 16 August 2018
  • Age Range: 18+yrs
  • Cost: £250

The Start Academy

  • Programme Dates: 20 - 26 August 2018
  • Age Range: 13 – 16yrs
  • Cost: £100

How to Book

If you are interested in attending, please apply via the Bruiser Theatre website. 


Congratulations to all children who entered the 2017/18 Masterpiece for the MAC competition. We are delighted to announce that the winning entry came from Tyler Baxter, age 9 from Jordanstown School. Congratulations, Tyler!

Details

Masterpiece for the MAC is a province-wide art competition for children that receives hundreds of entries every year. Young artists from across NI have now sent us their amazing artworks, and the judging process will soon begin.

All 12 finalist entries are now framed and on display in the MAC's common room until June 2018. Open 7 days a week, from 10am - 7pm

Who is it for?

The aim of this competition is to encourage primary school children throughout Northern Ireland to interact with and be inspired by visual art.

Any primary school in Northern Ireland was eligible to enter the competition. There were four different competition categories:

  1. Foundation - Primary 1 & 2
  2. Key stage 1 - Primary 3 & 4
  3. Key stage 2 - Primary 5,6 & 7
  4. Special Education

How it works

The 2018/19 Masterpiece for the MAC competition will open again for entries in September 2018.

You can register your interest now by emailing melissa@themaclive.com 

Prices

Masterpiece for the MAC is one of the MAC’s outreach projects.

The event is organised by the MAC. There is no fee for taking part but schools are required to cover the cost of their art materials. 

How to Book

Register your class now for Masterpiece for the MAC 2018-19

To register, send an email to melissa@themaclive.com

Photograph of the MAC's downstairs theatre, lit and ready for a relaxed performance of Rumpelstiltskin in 2015.


Ensuring everyone experiences a magical Christmas at the MAC, we developed 'MACtile Tours'.

Details

We want to give the gift of theatre to all children including those with additional needs. MACtile Tours is centred on our commitment to working with families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The MACtile Tours outreach project was launched in October 2015, and saw specially-trained MAC staff travel to participating schools across Northern Ireland with our ‘Theatre in the Box’.

The tactile box has been designed to take the fear out of a first-time visit to the theatre. It contains visual aids to help children know what to expect when they visit the MAC for the first time.

MACtile Tours is supported by:

Who is it for?

MACtile Tours is centered on our commitment to working with families and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

We work with schools and community groups across Northern Ireland ahead of their visit to the MAC.  Last year, almost 750 school children and young people took part in MACtile tours, and we hope to expand on that for our 2018 festive show.

How it works

A MACtile Tour starts with a preparation workshop in your classroom, which gives children everything they need to prepare them for a visit to the MAC.

Our specially trained staff will visit your school or community group with our special ‘Theatre in a Box’ that contains a replica model of the MAC theatre, along with tactile and visual aids to help children gain an understanding of what a theatre is, what actors do and what to expect from their first visit.

The next step is that your school will visit the MAC at Christmas to attend a relaxed performance of our Christmas show. The accredited Autism Awareness staff at the MAC will be on hand for the whole visit, and we have a dedicated quiet room that children can visit at any point during the show to take some time. They won't miss out on the show as we show it on a screen in the family room at low volume. 

Relaxed performances 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'.

Prices

Our MACtile workshops are free for schools and community groups who are booking tickets for our Christmas show.

For information on how to book a MACtile workshop & visit for your class, contact our Learning & Participation officer Clare Lawlor.

How to Book

MACtile tours are ongoing in 2017.

To apply to take part in our MACtile programme, simply download a booking form and email it to Clare Lawlor, stating in your email that you are interested in taking part in the MACtile programme.

Similar School Projects

Winning class from Jordanstown school - Masterpiece For The MAC 2017

Masterpiece for the MAC

Congratulations to all children who entered the 2017/18 Masterpiece for the MAC competition. We are delighted to announce that the winning entry came from Tyler Baxter, age 9 from Jordanstown School. Congratulations, Tyler!