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 39 events at this location

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aMAZEing Christmas Crafts

Just like Hansel and Gretel, get lost this Christmas in our aMAZEing crafty workshop. Make your own Christmassy 3D MAZE and unwrap the puzzle to help Hansel and Gretel find their way home. £7 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Sat 16 Dec

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Sat 23 Dec

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Sat 30 Dec

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Sun 31 Dec

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Baby Boo

Come dressed for the occasion and ready to play Peek-a-BOO with baby this Halloween at the MAC! There’s nothing your baby loves more than to copy your facial expressions and listen to the sound of your voice. Peek-a-BOO with baby in this fun multi-sensory workshop, exploring a range of textures, sights and sounds, as…

Sat 28 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Sun 29 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Mon 30 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Tue 31 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Baby Wrap

Enjoy the unique experience of joining Hansel and Gretel in their Gingerbread Grotto this Christmas at the MAC. On this your baby’s first Christmas, take a truly scrumptious, multi-sensory adventure. With bright colours, exciting textures, magical lights and sounds, your little one will experience the wonder of Christmas…

Sat 2 Dec

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Sun 3 Dec

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Baby Wrappers

Your sweet babies are in for a treat this Christmas at the MAC Come dressed for the occasion and ready for a fun filled time as Baby Wrappers explore their very own, specially created Gingerbread Grotto. Your baby will experience deliciously magical sights, sounds and textures as together you join in multi-sensory, fairy…

Sat 2 Dec

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Sun 3 Dec

The Hub

028 9023 5053

BASOrk

Balkan Alien Sound Orchestra is a ten piece fusion group whose compositions are influenced by Irish, European and Middle Eastern sounds. Brass, Strings and Woodwind combine with hints of jazz, funk and various traditional musics with big melodies and lots of improvisation.

Thu 7 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Beckett Women: Ceremonies of Departure

Created by the historic Boston-based theatre company The Poets’ Theatre, this production showcases four of Beckett's most powerful short plays – Not I, Footfalls, Rockabye and Come & Go. Audiences will be introduced to world-class poetry that will touch on love, loss and longing. Prepare for a beautiful, chilling and…

Thu 2 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Fri 3 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Sat 4 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

…and 5 more dates until 12 Nov

Creepy Crawlers

Little Monsters are on Parade at the MAC this Halloween! As your little one learns to roll, crawl and move around, they’ll inevitably bump into new and exciting things along the way. In this workshop, your Creepy Crawler will be encouraged to move, dance, sing and interact with a whole host of new and exciting textures…

Sat 28 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Sun 29 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Mon 30 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

Tue 31 Oct

The Hub

028 9023 5053

DollyWould

Oh look, 2016 Fringe First winners Sh!t Theatre again. They were at the MAC in 2016 with their ‘clever, hilarious and thoughtful’ (Scotsman) satire theatre piece ‘Women’s Hour’. What is it this time? Is there a crisis? Did the government do something wrong again? No, it's a show about Dolly Parton. We f*cking love…

Thu 12 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Fri 13 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Festive Fairy Tales

Follow the sweetie trail through the MAC to find the Christmas fairy tales lurking there. Around every corner is a new story, and a clue to where the next one can be found. Join in with the festive fables and solve the puzzles to complete the fairy tale trail. £7 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Sun 17 Dec

The Family Room

028 9023 5053

Sat 23 Dec

The Family Room

028 9023 5053

Sun 24 Dec

The Family Room

028 9023 5053

Frightful Fables

Join in the spooky fun and be spellbound as you listen to Madame Noir tell some frightful fables. Make your way to the Whisper Room on the 3rd floor for more than just a silent spook this Halloween at the MAC. Expect tales of wilful witches, mischievous monsters and all things that go bump in the night. £7 per child…

Sat 28 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

Sun 29 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

Mon 30 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

Tue 31 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

George Egg: Anarchist Cook

One man, one hotel room, three courses. This is the first outing of George Egg’s sell-out show Anarchist Cook in Ireland to date. Anarchist Cook is a cocktail of stand-up comedy, cooking and extreme multi-tasking. George Egg spends a lot of time staying in hotels. Some years ago, unimpressed with room service, he decided…

Thu 9 Nov

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Fri 10 Nov

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Hansel and Gretel

We are delighted to announce our festive show for 2017, the popular Brothers Grimm fairytale, Hansel & Gretel. Packed full of fun for all the family, this brand new show is written, directed and produced by the MAC. Our version has been brought bang up to date, but with all the well-known characters and story…

Tue 28 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Wed 29 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Thu 30 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

…and 30 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

Holly Jolly Sing Along

Join us for some festive Holly Jolly singing fun at the MAC. It’s time to share some Christmas cheer and sing your favourite Christmas classics. We’ll be cheering on Rudolf, decking the halls and counting down the days of Christmas. Sleigh bells will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!

Sun 17 Dec

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Sun 24 Dec

The Factory

028 9023 5053

I Hear You and Rejoice

Hot on the heels of the sell-out success of The Man In The Woman’s Shoes, I Hear You and Rejoice is Mikel Murfi’s brand new one man show. Late in his life, Pat Farnon, a cobbler and all-round contented man, marries the redoubtable Kitsy Rainey. It’s a match made in heaven, in more ways than one. I Hear You and Rejoice is…

Fri 24 Nov

Upstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Instant Composers Pool

Instant Composers Pool (ICP) is a renowned musical collective. Join them as they celebrate 50 years of music-making. Presented by Moving on Music as part of Tempered – contemporary music weekend Belfast Formed in 1967 by Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker, Instant Composers Pool is a revolutionary band…

Fri 3 Nov

Upstairs

£17 / 028 9023 5053

Isobel Anderson CHALK / FLINT Album Launch

Isobel Anderson Album Launch: CHALK/FLINT Celebrating the launch of her new album CHALK/FLINT, Isobel Anderson returns to the MAC stage accompanied by a selection of talented NI musicians to share a daring and innovative collection of new songs. Come and experience a unique and inspiring musical journey.

Sat 9 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Kathy Lette's Girls' Night Out

“Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better.” So says Kathy Lette, funny, feminist author, who invites you to her new show, Girls’ Night Out. It’s a psychological strip tease taking us from Puberty Blues to Menopause Blues, with tales of love, lust…

Sun 25 Mar 2018

Downstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

MAC Youth Theatre Auditions

Be a part of the brand-new MAC Youth Theatre - With imagination, anything is possible! Led by MAC artists, MAC Youth Theatre will create and commission brave and relevant new and reinterpreted work, live on the MAC stage. As a participant, you’ll become part of the MAC family, in this, a creative hub for the city of…

Tue 22 Aug

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Wed 23 Aug

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Thu 24 Aug

The Factory

028 9023 5053

Maggie's Feg Run

Maggie’s Feg Run The loveable Maggie Muff is back in the highly-anticipated sequel to 50 Shades of Red White and Blue and Dirty Dancin’ in le Shebeen. This is the one you’ve all been waiting for, where Maggie and Big Sally-Ann are on top form as they head to Benidorm on an all-important ‘Feg Run’. In other words…

Tue 13 Feb 2018

Downstairs

£16–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Wed 14 Feb 2018

Downstairs

£16–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Thu 15 Feb 2018

Downstairs

£16–£25 / 028 9023 5053

…and 9 more dates until 25 Feb 2018

Matt Forde: Eat. Sleep. Political Party. Repeat

Matt Forde: Eat. Sleep. Political Part. Repeat Presented by the Belfast International Arts Festival. Find the funny side of world-wide chaos with the UK’s leading political comedian and star of Dave’s Unspun, Matt Forde. Now with added Trump. Audiences are in for a hilarious night out with a first-class comic…

Sun 15 Oct

Downstairs

£15 / 028 9023 5053

Micky Bartlett - Typical

Micky's hit 30 and he's unapologetically taking on the big issues: racism, sexism, his doctor telling him to avoid dairy. Don't miss Northern Ireland's favourite stand-up from BBC's Bad Language, Monumental and Radio 4's State of the Nations with his funniest hour yet. Or so he hopes… bloody typical! 'Consistently funny…

Sat 18 Nov

Upstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Monster Mash-Up

Fun is freaky in the Monster Mash-Up at the MAC this Halloween weekend. Create monster dolls, get messy with eerie eyeballs and monsters’s brains, as well as learning how to create Zombie bites with a professional makeup & FX artist. £7 per child, accompanying adult goes free

Sat 28 Oct

The Lab

028 9023 5053

Sun 29 Oct

The Lab

028 9023 5053

Mon 30 Oct

The Lab

028 9023 5053

Tue 31 Oct

The Lab

028 9023 5053

NI Soul Troop 10th Anniversary Show

NI Soul Troop is regarded as one of the top live original bands in Belfast since they first hit the music scene 10 years ago. Guaranteed to make you dance, their funk laden soul songs have filled dancefloors all over Belfast and throughout the country. The band has lost count of how many members they have had over…

Sat 18 Nov

Downstairs

£15 / 028 9023 5053

Not the Norn Iron News

Accidental satirist and professional twitter troll, John-Paul Whearty, follows up on his 2016 show“Adventures In Ulster” with a live satirical news show “Not The Norn Iron News”. From Swift to Orange Lil to the current bunch of satirists at LADfleg, there is a long history of taking the mick out of what passes for…

Fri 8 Sep

Downstairs

£20–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Notify and Mark Lettieri Trio

Ireland's Notify meets America's Mark Lettieri Trio for an exceptional music collaboration. At the crossroads of traditional Irish music, jazz and ambient electronica, Notify breathes new life into Irish music with a musical tapestry that ranges from soft melodies to crashing crescendos. The Mark Lettieri Trio is an…

Sun 19 Nov

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Pajama Men

Presented by Belfast Comedy Festival, The Pajama Men’s unique and surprising comedy style has garnered them high acclaim all over the international comedy circuit, where they’ve been performing to packed houses. This is their first visit to Belfast. Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez met in high school, in 1993, while…

Tue 3 Oct

Upstairs

£12 / 028 9023 5053

Paul Currie – Cats in my Mouth

A brand-new show from this hairy idiot man-child, strap in for more fun and nonsense as the entire audience is taken by the hand into a true circus of silly. Voted best new show, Leicester Comedy Festival. 'Currie is unique and utterly original. A new standard has been set for the Fringe' ★★★★★ (Skinny). 'It was like…

Sat 23 Sep

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Pause & Effect

There’ll be dancing, darting and dashing in a story of friendship and understanding in this perfect introduction to dance for children – big and small. Four dancers accompanied by sixty blocks create a colourful whirlwind of action, construction, deconstruction and reconstruction. Duration: 30 mins Age guidance…

Fri 6 Oct

Upstairs

£10 / 028 9023 5053

Sat 7 Oct

Upstairs

£10 / 028 9023 5053

Pause & Effect - Stay and Play

This 30-minute session will introduce young people to how the everyday objects can be used for fun and imaginative dance play. There are two sessions, starting at 2:45pm ending at 3:15pm. One session will be held in the theatre and one in dance studio. Suitable for ages 3+ Parent/Guardian very welcome to join in.

Sat 7 Oct

Upstairs

028 9023 5053

Rory Nellis Album Launch – with support from Owen Lamont

Rory Nellis launches his second solo album entitled There Are Enough Songs in the World Performing alongside a full band including Peter J. McCauley, Philip Watts d’Alton, Herb Magee and Walter Thee Goon. Support comes from the fantastic Owen Lamont and his band. NI-based Lamont is a songwriter with “one of the most…

Sat 11 Nov

Downstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾

Sue Townsend’s best-selling novel The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ is a realistic and humorous story of the inner life of an adolescent boy during the Thatcher period hilariously captured in his secret diary. Adapted from Townsend’s highly popular book with original music, it is a nostalgic blast from the…

Fri 22 Sep

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Sat 23 Sep

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

Sun 24 Sep

Downstairs

£12.50–£25 / 028 9023 5053

…and 11 more dates until 7 Oct

Soldier Still

Soldier Still is a new piece of dance theatre that blends movement, text, music, real stories and real people, creating a harrowing tale of beauty and brutality. A cast of Irish and international dancers and former soldiers collaborate with an exceptional creative team to explore the viciousness, the vulnerability and…

Tue 17 Oct

Downstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Wed 18 Oct

Downstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Spinetingling Stories

Stories of ghosts, pookas, witches and things that go bump in the night will leave no spine untingled this Halloween weekend at the MAC. Listen open-mouthed as the old bard tells spooky tales from Ireland and the dark forests of Germany. Hear stories of The Ghost of Earl Tyrone, the headless horseman, Half Hung…

Sat 28 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

Sun 29 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

Mon 30 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

Tue 31 Oct

The Common Room

028 9023 5053

Storytime Sunday- September

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 3 Sep

The Family Room

£2 / 028 9023 5053

Terrible Tots

We’re off to find the witch’s house with terrible tots in this all singing, all dancing workshop Who would have thought bopping like a skeleton, shuffling like a zombie and howling like a werewolf would be so much fun? And while you’re at is. Try flying like a bat, or wrapping yourself up like a mummy. Little ones will…

Sat 28 Oct

The Works

028 9023 5053

Sun 29 Oct

The Works

028 9023 5053

Mon 30 Oct

The Works

028 9023 5053

Tue 31 Oct

The Works

028 9023 5053

The Terrible Tragedy of the Twinbrook Turkey

Theatre duo Em Two Balloons are back this year with a brand-new Christmas comedy The Terrible Tragedy of the Twinbrook Turkey. With the tinsel around the tree and the Christmas season in full swing in Belfast, all is not going to plan for two unsuspecting families in the West of the city. Will a mysterious guest to…

Tue 12 Dec

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Wed 13 Dec

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

Thu 14 Dec

Upstairs

£12.50–£16 / 028 9023 5053

…and 7 more dates until 23 Dec

They Called Her Vivaldi

A young heroine journeys over cobblestones and canals this Halloween, when family favourites Theatre Lovett return to the MAC in an upbeat comedy-adventure. Through a story of love, loss, and the place of salt in our diet, They Called her Vivaldi promises to delight young audiences, as a sensitive musical-prodigy makes…

Mon 30 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Tue 31 Oct

Upstairs

£12.50 / 028 9023 5053

Tinsel Tots

Join Hansel and Gretel at the MAC this Christmas for lots of festive fun. Tinsel Tots are off on a fairy-tale adventure in this fun, interactive workshop. Prepare for the sweetest Christmas ever with Hansel and Gretel in a treat for all the senses, complete with storytelling, song and dance. Age guidance Workshops on…

Sat 9 Dec

Sun 10 Dec

Wind Resistance

Part of the Belfast International Arts Festival. Award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician Karine Ploward brings Wind Resistance to the MAC for its Irish premiere. Every Autumn, two and a half thousand pink-footed geese fly from Greenland to Winter at Fala Flow, a protected peatbog South East of Edinburgh. From…

Tue 10 Oct

Downstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

Wed 11 Oct

Downstairs

£16 / 028 9023 5053

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