The MAC

The MAC
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, Antrim, BT1 2NJ
  • Telephone 028 9023 5053
  • Bar open Mon-Sun 10am-7pm, later on performance nights
  • Website www.themaclive.com
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The MAC

This Belfast cultural hub is home to two theatres, three galleries, three workshops rooms, two rehearsal spaces and a family room. The space opened in 2012 and is partially volunteer run, with 100 MACtivist volunteers making sure the MAC is a welcoming place to visit. The programme includes theatre, dance, comedy, music, art exhibitions, talks and family events.

Parking is available at Saint Anne’s Square multi-storey car park, right beside the MAC on Edward Street. It’s open 24 hours.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access

Events at this venue

There are 27 events at this location

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Aon by Ériu

Who am I? The me I let you see? Former Riverdance principal dancer Breandán de Gallaí’s latest creation, ‘Aon’ (Gaeilge for One; Single; Alone), explores what it’s like to be unattached in the digital age of internet-dating and smart phones. de Gallaí has teamed up with a stellar cast of Irish dancers to bring us a…

Fri 9 Nov

Downstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Astral Weeks: 50 Year Anniversary

Astral Weeks is one of those albums that is extremely important and mysterious in equal measure. Born out of the mind of Belfast’s own Van Morrison, recorded in very few takes with some of New York’s finest jazz players, it still holds up today as a work of beauty. For this recreation of the album, a 9-piece band of…

Sat 22 Sep

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Baby Boo

Join us for a multi-sensory Halloween adventure where your little monster will explore strange and spooky sights and textures stimulating wonder and curiosity.

Sat 27 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Sun 28 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Mon 29 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

…and 2 more dates until 31 Oct

The Baby Bushka Dance Party

The music and magic of Kate Bush reaches far and wide across the seas and skies to San Diego where eight women gather to create Americas one and only Kate Bush Tribute band, Baby Bushka. Filled with 4 part vocal harmonies and epic choreographed dancing, this is the Kate Bush tribute band you've all been waiting for.

Sat 13 Oct

Downstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Chapter & Verse(ChorusVerse)

Tony Wright is 20 years – man and boy - into a remarkable career as a musician. From being courted by big labels at the age of 15 to conquering the DIY scene in his late twenties, to an increasingly compelling solo career with his latest acclaimed musical incarnation VerseChorusVerse, Tony has seen the world & can't…

Wed 17 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Creepy Crawlers

Babies are on the move in this spooky sensory workshop.Your creepy crawlers will develop their confidence to grab,crawl,stand and inevitably bump this Halloween.

Sat 27 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Sun 28 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Tue 30 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Wed 31 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Creepy Crawly Petting Zoo

Tiptoe to the deepest, darkest room in the MAC, where you'll find some creepy, crawly, stinky slimy visitors this Halloween. Get up close to insects, spiders, snakes and frogs …are you brave enough to meet them? Tickets are £2 per person.

Sat 27 Oct

Meet at Box Office

£2 / 028 9023 5053

Sun 28 Oct

Meet at Box Office

£2 / 028 9023 5053

Mon 29 Oct

Meet at Box Office

£2 / 028 9023 5053

…and 2 more dates until 31 Oct

Declan O’Rourke: The Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine

Conjuring mysteries from the deep, this extraordinary sorcerer of song weaves his soulful melodies through half-remembered moments and dreams long-treasured. Larrakin and poet, his songs are infused with subtleties of compassion, the yearning of history, the presence of sorrow, the patience of mortality, the balm of…

Sat 10 Nov

Downstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The annual Christmas show is about a shoemaker who gets help from a bunch of cheeky elves.

Wed 28 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Thu 29 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Fri 30 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

…and 29 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

Fairytale of New Lodge

Fairytale of New Lodge It’s Christmas time and love is in the air. A west Belfast man and a north Belfast woman are planning their wedding. What could possibly go wrong? Starting Ciarán Nolan and Gerard Jordan, Fairytale of New Lodge is the hilarious new comedy by Vincent Higgins directed by Paula McFetridge. The…

Tue 11 Dec

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Wed 12 Dec

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Thu 13 Dec

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

…and 7 more dates until 22 Dec

Fake ID

It’s difficult to fit in when your dad sticks out like a brown thumb and even you aren’t sure how to EXACTLY pronounce your surname. Growing up in a mixed-race, mixed-faith household at the height of the northern Irish troubles, writer Joseph Nawaz takes us through some old family snapshots, and his childhood years in…

Wed 3 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Thu 4 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Flo and Joan:Alive on Stage

Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs. ‘These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute…

Thu 20 Sep

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Gearóid Farrelly: Home Truths

Comedian Gearóid Farrelly takes his brand of chatty standup comedy on the road this Autumn. This show will address everything from Trump to decluttering and explain why you shouldn't toilet train a cat. Gearóid has appeared at comedy festivals all over the world. He has supported the likes of Joan Rivers and Sarah…

Sat 24 Nov

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

George Egg: DIY Chef

In ‘GEORGE EGG: DIY CHEF’ a health scare sees George banned him from the family kitchen, but relocated to the garden shed his imagination and resourcefulness lead him to build an improvised kitchen there instead. During an inspiring and inventive evening of stand-up, live cooking and comedy lecture, George prepares a…

Sat 22 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Sun 23 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Give Me Your Love

Drama about post traumatic stress disorder.

Fri 5 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Sat 6 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Is that Too Hot?

Christina Nelson is back with the hilarious sequel to the hit play I'll Tell My Ma. Catch up with all your favourite characters Granny Eileen, Davina Carina and Chelsea Marie in the local hairdressing salon, as they negotiate their way through the ups and downs of everyday life with their mentor, Olive the salon…

Wed 23 Jan 2019

Downstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Thu 24 Jan 2019

Downstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Downstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

…and 14 more dates until 10 Feb 2019

Jon Culshaw & Bill Dare: The Great British Take Off

Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to The MAC for the first time following their sell-out tour last year. Join us for an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up…

Thu 11 Oct

Downstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Kaz Hawkins – My Life & I

Award winning Belfast singer songwriter Kaz Hawkins, relaunched as a solo artist in 2018 with her brutally honest piano/vocal show, with special guest Sam York (Tom Jones/Ed Sheeran) on piano and as her support act. Kaz has been taking her new material on the road which she calls ‘non genre’ in an intimate and personal…

Thu 11 Oct

Downstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Luisa Omielan: Politics for Bitches

The outspoken London-based stand-up defends her right to have opinions about topics she knows absolutely nothing about as she finesses material for a TV show.

Fri 12 Oct

Downstairs

£20 / 028 9023 5053

My Left Nut

A one-man play filled with humour and emotion. Belfast actor Micheal Patrick wrote My Left Nut about the turmoil of adolescence and the trauma of losing his father at a young age. 400 millilitres. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. That’s more than a can of coke. He…

Fri 7 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Sat 8 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Sun 9 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

…and 5 more dates until 15 Sep

No Show

What do you expect when you go to the circus? The greatest show on earth? The glitzy smiles, the glitter of sequins, the drum rolls as performers who seem super human effortlessly perform death-defying acts? No Show joyously and heartbreakingly reveals what lies hidden beneath the showmanship. There will be desperate…

Thu 11 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Fri 12 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Stephen James Smith featuring Enda Reilly

Stephen James Smith is a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today. His poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views. in 2017 he was commissioned by St. Patrick’s festival to write a new poem as a “Celebratory Narrative” of Ireland. The resultant piece ‘My…

Fri 23 Nov

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Storytime Sunday-August

Relax with your little ones at the MAC on the first Sunday of each month for some fun story time in our wonderful Family Room. Sit back and listen to some tales, fables and yarns all told by our professional storyteller

Sun 5 Aug

The Family Room

£2 / 028 9023 5053

Summertime Story ‘n’ Rhyme

Half hour sessions of story and rhyme to bond with baby and make the most of Summertime Meet JoJo and her little puppet friends – they’re lots of fun stories to share with you this Summer at the MAC. These free, fun, interactive sessions for parents/carers and pre-schoolers are the perfect summertime activity.

Thu 19 Jul

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Thu 2 Aug

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Thu 16 Aug

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Thu 23 Aug

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Terrible Tots

Shake,rattle and roll as we do the monster mash and skeleton shuffle in this all singing,all dancing workshop.Your little ones will have a hoot this Halloween-make sure they're dressed for the occasion.

Sat 27 Oct

The Works

028 9023 5053

Sun 28 Oct

The Works

028 9023 5053

Mon 29 Oct

The Works

028 9023 5053

…and 2 more dates until 31 Oct

Under the Hawthorn Tree

This Autumn, award winning children’s theatre company Cahoots NI and the MAC present a new stage adaptation of 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…

Thu 27 Sep

Downstairs

£12.50–£20 / 028 9023 5053

Fri 28 Sep

Downstairs

£12.50–£20 / 028 9023 5053

Sat 29 Sep

Downstairs

£12.50–£20 / 028 9023 5053

…and 7 more dates until 7 Oct

The World Goes ‘Round

This September, we’re transforming our downstairs theatre into an intimate, jazz-style club to play host to ‘The World Goes ‘Round’ – a showcase of songs by Kander and Ebb from Broadway’s biggest productions including Chicago, New York New York, Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman. It’s end-to-end iconic hit after hit…

Sat 1 Sep

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Tue 4 Sep

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Wed 5 Sep

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

…and 9 more dates until 15 Sep

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