12-13 Shaftesbury Square

This is our pop-up theatre, a temporary refuge for collaborative arts in the heart of Belfast. We plan for this building to represent what we love in arts & culture, inside & beyond, this city of ours. We are focusing on expanding audiences appetites for: theatre, music, art, dance, gaming and unclassifiable live performances. Art is for everyone and we want anyone to be able to come and access what is being created with us. Making culture a part of our everyday lives, not just a one-off trip every year.

When you arrive at 12-13 Shaftesbury Square you're coming into a brand new type of cultural space. This isn't just a theatre, but much more. A working artist lead building, that acts as our resident's offices, rehearsal rooms, recording suits and much more. 12-13 Shaftesbury Square is the jolt of creativity & community that Shaftesbury Square needs to thrive. A place to come to not just drive through.

On the ground floor, in what used to be the old Northern Bank banking hall, is our Studio Theatre. Then on the first floor is our Book Bar & the Offices of our resident artists or other creatives who have called in to work for a week or a day. Here you might hear a sound designer crafting their latest work, see a painter capturing a latest idea, actors rehearsing, directors reading scripts or producers designing productions to come.

12-13 Shaftesbury Square is a building to enjoy, a space to feel inspired and a theatre to feel like your own.

 

The Journey of the Building

Two theatre companies, Accidental & Amadan moved into 12-13 Shaftesbury Square in March 2017 and proceeded to transform the disused for a decade old Northern bank into the ever growing arts hub that it is now. Over the course of three months they worked together and with a host of brilliant volunteers to paint, strip, fix, fasten, build, bodge, sweep, scrub and generally recreate the unused and unloved building that it was.

We've gathered some of the images of that transformation together below, charting some of the immense work that has gone into this building that we now call home.

 

Artists & Residents

There are currently eight different companies or practitioners busy creating their own work in the building seven days a week and their beautifully crafted work will appear in our building or across the city. The building gives our artists and artists from across the city a place to test out and showcase their work. Building their audience, grow their creative business and invest in their talent.

All whilst giving audiences in Belfast brand new things to experience, stories to hear and adventures to start from. We believe that if you don't keep evolving how stories are told people will stop listening. So this building and the art that is created here is doing just that, evolving, growing and finding new ways to create new stories.

If you want to get involved and help influence what happens next in the building then simply get in touch and tell us what you'd like to get involved in.