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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.

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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 25,000 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 Julie Stewart for more information or download our booking form here

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, starting at just £8.50 per ticket and for every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free.


Perfect for KS3 

Under The Hawthorn Tree: 30 Jan - 9 Feb

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.

School tickets are now extremely limited so email tickets@themaclive.com for information on dates and availability.

 

Music and Drama students will love...

Poet in da Corner by Debris Stevenson, Feat. Jammz26 Feb - 1 Mar

We're excited to welcome the critically acclaimed spoken word performance from London's Royal Court Theatre, Poet in Da Corner this Spring.

In this coming of age story, inspired by Dizzee Rascal’s seminal album, Boy in da Corner, a girl living a strict East London Mormon household is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album. Precisely 57 minutes and 21 seconds later, her life begins to change.

Perfect for Year 11 - 14, awake your students' senses as they step into a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide in this semi-autobiographical piece written by and starring Debris Stevenson and featuring grime artist MC Jammz.

Our matinee on Thursday 27 February at 1pm is ideal for school groups aged 14+, and evening performances from 26 - 29 February are also available. Email tickets@themaclive.com to secure your seats for the show that Dizzee Rascal himself called “incredible”.

Top Tips

Your contact at the MAC

For any questions about a school visit, 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.

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.