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’ve introduced MACtile Tours.


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).

MACtile Tours is the MAC’s outreach project launched in 2015 where 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.

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 400 school children and young people took part in MACtile tours.

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  Pinocchio. The accredited Autism Awareness staff at the MAC will be on hand for the whole visit.

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'.


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

How to Book

MACtile tours are ongoing in 2016/17.

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

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