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A statement from our Chief Executive Anne McReynolds in these unprecedented times

There’s lots happening at the MAC for your Key Stage 1 & 2 classes. Whether you’re interested in a creative workshop, or an enchanting theatre production, here’s all the practical information you’ll need to plan your visit to the MAC.

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Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for students of all ages.

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. 

Working closely with the current curriculum, we’ve created a number of opportunities to support primary school learning at the MAC.

Visit the Galleries

You can organise a bespoke guided tour of the MAC galleries for just £3 per pupil.

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. 

Our exclusive school ticket offer provides great value, starting at just £8.50 per ticket and for every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free.


Under The Hawthorn Tree

The MAC is excited that the award-winning children's theatre company Cahoots NI are returning to the MAC with Under The Hawthorn Tree.

Based on the internationally acclaimed book by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna and published by The O’Brien Press, Under the Hawthorn Tree follows the journey of three brave siblings as they fight for survival during the Potato Famine in Ireland, 1845.

When their father goes to find work and their mother leaves to find him, Eily, Michael and Peggy, starving and faced with the workhouse, embark on a treacherous journey to find the great aunts they have heard of only in stories.

This remarkable story of endurance, in a defining moment of Irish experience, is told like never before in the play by Charles Way, directed by Paul Bosco McEneaney with a stirring live original score from Garth McConaghie.

Suitable for children aged 7+, school tickets are now extremely limited. Email tickets@themaclive.com for information on ticket availability.

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Your contact at the MAC

For any questions about a school visit to the MAC, contact Julie on JulieStewart@themaclive.com.

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. This is where you will be dropped off when taking part in Passport to the MAC, our transport scheme for schools.

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. As well as this, our outreach project 'MACTile Tours' was created to work with families and children with special needs and particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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