“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives , for a reason, bringing something we must learn…”
And so the ” good” song goes.
Well here we are at the end of another PACE cycle; have you leaned anything ? Are you different ? Has PACE made a difference to your life?
We hope so, we hope you have grown in ways that are perhaps more difficult to see on the outside, but are stronger on the inside of you – where it really matters.
There is such a pressure to be ” beautiful and prefect and pictured” these days, that often we forget about the person behind the face.
We think that in a new outfit, or with a new look – we will somehow be more confident, more sure of our selves…
But the only thing that can truthfully give you the kind of look “to stop a crowd” , is the glow that comes from deep inside, where you know, that what you have achieved, is the thing that has changed your “make- up” .
PACE projects do that, because they work from the inside – out.
They stop the vanity of mere appearance and ask more of your mind , heart and soul – more honesty , self expression , bravery.
They work on what clouds the reflection you wish to see in the mirror. They sometimes ” set you right ” As it is ” Escrito in Estella ” perhaps …
A slow process, but one worth working at, to ensure your individuality , your natural personality doesn’t get pushed to the side, in a younger world , where the outside is everything – and where ” image-selfie ” is King !
We think many of you are looking “really” good now, you “glow” from the “inside-out”and we can really see a difference in how you are now, compared to this time last year.
It’s often the little things: like the way you come into the building, the voice you use in the room, the creative ideas that suddenly flow from your mind, the smile you have, when you know you’re good and the look we share when you just ” get it”.
These are the golden days, the memories worth hanging on to. Special times , better friends, good work for a higher artistic purpose .
From EXOSTRACHISMENOS till now – the creative sun has shone brightly in PACE
This year has seen our first batch of glorious FIREFLY, setting the creative skies alight with their stellar Greek power.
We have visited the ” method” school in another wonderful PACE Panto, moved like lightning and kept step all the Russian way
We connected as 3 fantastic productions ,and one inspired Workshop presentation , helping celebrate 50 years of the NATIONAL THEATRE with our PACE CONNECTS Project and brought the WYND and LYCEUM in Edinburgh to their knees with our version of PACE HERITAGE
There was a show too far and although yet a DREAM , we picked ourselves up and now stand poised for SummerFest.
There has been much in between, great workshops , blank canvases, inspired dragonfly presentations and even a trip to meet Joey , the best theatre horse ever.
Yes , We probably could have done more , we could even have worked harder, but I think we have done our best , our very best in a long time
Since the demise of Spires Theatre School two years ago , things fell into a confused place for a while , some trying to stick to old ways, the new unaware what that even was.
But we are gradually returning to the ethos of a school for Theatre, our Firefly and NTC Connections Students have been instrumental in this new shift for better, setting excellence as the benchmark for success at every show.
Studio Times has recently seen a new creative lease of life and there is now “direction” for people to once again , choose to go in. There is a future in PACE to aspire to.
This points to a still golden future for all of us – with the current HOPES and DREAMS cast doing their bit for culture in PAISLEY , we think PACE is going to feel the benefit of so much more Art , very very soon.
We may be loosing a few dear PACE friends and performers this end of school year but we are gaining an array of fresh talent, that is already pushing through , ready to carve out their own PACE niche.
This year is going to be golden in more ways than one , for this is the year that will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Verona Cup Challenge.
A golden ticket affair to set October ablaze!
Our current FB pages for Heritage14 and Arcadia will now close but we will be starting an exciting new page for VERONA 10 and we would encourage you to visit it often over summer , to read the posts there, and to leave your own golden memories of Verona for others to share.
There will be a retrospective feel to the show , a nostalgic journey and there is a clue in the featured post photo to set your creative minds a fluttering …
VERONA 10 will be a grand occasion, more of which will follow…
For now it is just time to kick back and enjoy the summer , those lazier days , foreign travel maybe , bluer skies , barbecues, sun filled hours…NO SCHOOL!!!
We all need a little ” me time ” – I hope yours leaves you refreshed and ready to come back ” brighter than ever , we all in PACE cannot wait to work with you again , to create those special moments that make you ” great ” for your future
And maybe the exciting arrival of a new “PACE baby” later in Summer ,will make us all think just a little harder about how precious our lives are and how we must make every second special…