Our Projects

Creating Connections

Creating Connections for Older People for an Active Life looks at ways of engaging with older adults with learning disabilities, helping them to become less isolated and encouraging them to use the creative abilities.

We host tea dance events as well as weekly drop-in events (Tuesday afternoons) and will take place in other venues across Northern Ireland.

This exciting new project seeks to build on the work that the Black Box Trust currently does with adults with learning disabilities through its Black Moon project.

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, Sara O’Gorman on outreach@blackboxbelfast.com


Black Moon – A Night for and By Adults with Learning Disabilities

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. It was set up by the Black Box in 2010 with support from the Now Project. We have groups coming from Omagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus and beyond each month and we are often joined by Mencap’s Livenet project.

The club is on the first Tuesday of each month (usually) and is from 7pm to 10pm. It is £3 entry and £1 entry for parents and carers. If you would like to arrange for a group to come along please get in touch!

One of our resident DJs Mark has a moderate learning disability. Mark is a young man who loves music and wanted to bring music to other people. He has every piece of DJ equipment conceivable, including decks, lights, amps, speakers, smoke machine, bubble machine and much more. Mark is one of the resident DJs at the Black Moon Club Nights held once a month in Belfast and has had much publicity through the club. The BBC NI featured Mark in a documentary on taxi journeys around the city of Belfast. ‘Taxi Tales’ was aired in March 2013 and a local paper also picked up on the story with a full-page feature.

And check out Mark Patty on this video created about Black Moon.


Kidnap Wednesday

Every Wednesday in the Green Room 1pm-3.30pm A social group which meets each week to chat, have a cup of tea, take part in events, and much more! Come along and join us and have the craic.  We are advocates for adults with learning disabilities – come along and find out what we are at next!

Run by the Now Project, JAM card creators

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LunchBox Theatre

Lunchbox Theatre is a new company set up to help emerging writers, actors and directors build on their CV or get them that first important production credit.
We stage regular showcases of new writing and directing held in the form of rehearsed readings, at the Black Box
3 New Plays, 3 New Writers, 3 New Directors for only £3
 If you’re a writer with a short play, fancy directing or acting in one of our pieces, get in touch!

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council Arts Council Lottery John Hewitt DSD Black Bush
Website by Pauric McAnespy