There’s nothing more exciting than a day at the theatre. We bring stories to life on stage with productions happening throughout the school year.
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, or enjoy a creative workshop led by professional artists.
Working closely with the current curriculum, we’ve created a number of opportunities to support school learning at The Market Place Theatre, Armagh.
When it comes to bringing a lesson alive, The Market Place Theatre, Armagh is the place to be. We’ve welcomed thousands of school children to the Market Place Theatre and counting, so if you haven’t been to visit us yet here are a few ideas of how to get the most from your Market Place Theatre visit.
Beauty And The Beast
A TALE AS OLD AS TIME…
[but not told quite as you’d expect!]
Come to The Market Place Theatre in Armagh this December and be our guest at this year’s pantomime spectacular, ‘Beauty & The Beast’. It’s the greatest love story ever told, but we can promise it will be told in a way you’ll never have seen the like of before! Audiences can expect an action-packed show bursting with magic, music and plenty of mayhem!
Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a spellbound castle and held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl who has melted his heart?
Beauty And The Beast will be sure to make you laugh, cry and fall in love with a host of hilarious and hairy characters. Who – or what – is the creature that walks the long corridors of the enchanted home? And will he ever find love?
‘Beauty And The Beast’ promises an unforgettably festive experience coupled with The Market Place Theatre’s renowned reputation for high quality, professional pantomimes that are up there with the best in Ireland.
Monday 2 December | 11am
Tuesday 3 December | 10am & 1pm (*1pm is Relaxed Performance)
Wednesday 4 December | 10am & 1pm
Friday 6 December | 11am
Monday 9 December | 10am & 1pm
Tuesday 10 December | 10am & 1pm
Wednesday 11 December | 10am & 1pm
Friday 13 December | 11am
Monday 16 December | 11am
Tuesday 17 December | 11am
Thursday 19 December | 11am
*Relaxed Performance – Tues 3 Dec at 1pm | Relaxed Performances are specifically designed to welcome pupils who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including pupils with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. During the performance there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects.
To book your tickets for the most exciting pantomime of the season, phone the Box Office now on  3752 1821. Ticket price is £9 per pupil, and one teacher’s place is offered free to accompany every ten pupils booked. Schools booking before the end of June can reserve provisional numbers, and confirm at the start of September.
Over half of all available seats for last year’s Christmas show were booked by the end of June, so book soon – it would be beastly if you missed out!
Under The Hawthorne Tree | Fri 28 Feb | 10.00am & 12.15pm | £5.00
Based on the internationally acclaimed book by award-winning author Marita Conlon-McKenna, Cahoots NI’s ‘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 story of family, history and hope is told like never before in a new play by Charles Way, directed by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, with original music by Garth McConaghie.
Suitable for children aged 7+.
Moon Woke Me Up | Wed 20 May | 10.00am, 11.15am & 12.30pm | £5.00
Moon Woke Me Up Nine times
It was still 4am
So I built a rocket with my friends
And went on a journey that never ends
Come up and away with us. Come and play with us.
Once inside their homemade rocket, children are treated to a magical shadow show as they journey to the moon. Come with us all the way, up there, into outer space!
I wonder if it smells of cheese?
I wonder if it will make me sneeze?
Let’s find out!
Inspired by a Haiku of the same title by Basho Matsuo, ‘Moon Woke Me Up’ is an interactive theatrical adventure to space for ages 3-5, using a wonderful blend of performance and interactive drama, construction play and sensory explorations.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS
To place a group booking, please call the Group Booking Line on 028 3752 1830, or click on the link for an online booking form: Online Schools Booking Form Autumn 19
Please note: We recommend that schools reserve tickets as soon as possible to ensure that all members of the group can sit together.
FOCUS GROUP CALL
In an ongoing commitment to customer service, and to ensure we continue to programme events in a manner which suits the needs of school audiences, we would like to invite Principals | Heads Of Department to take part in one-off Focus Groups. If you would be interested in taking part, please contact us on  3752 1830.