PACE is a youth arts organisation that specialises in working with young people aged from 3-21 years. We offer a varied and year-long programme of workshops and masterclasses as well as our ‘Fest’ programme which offers performing arts experiences for young people during school holidays. We also offer a programme of professional theatre for young people, theatre in schools as well as our annual pantomime at Paisley Arts Centre. Overall, it is our aim is to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in which young people can thrive.
PACE is based at Spires Drama Studios in Paisley, comprising of 2 dedicated drama workshop studios, a café area, administrative offices and production base. PACE also manages The Wynd Centre, an auditorium and youth theatre workshop space in a recently refurbished church. This facility is available to the community to hire for professional and amateur productions, events and conferences.
PACE THEATRE COMPANY
PACE is also renowned for producing spectacular theatrical productions as entertainment. It has produced the professional pantomime at Paisley Arts Centre since 1988, performing to over 10,000 people every year with over 99% of available tickets sold every year.
It has also produced many other professional theatre productions that have toured venues throughout Scotland, plus many large scale shows for events such as Renfrew 600, and Barrhead 100, with casts of over 1000 people.
THEATRE IN EDUCATION
TIE and peer education has been at the centre of PACE’s work since it’s inception in 1988. Our unique Participatory Performance Projects have toured thousands of schools, allowing primary school pupils to perform to their peers on issues such as bullying, drug awareness, healthy living, sectarianism and other topical subjects which complement the current curriculum. The combination of original music, peer education and a day of rehearsals that’s great fun, has proved immensely popular with primary schools. PACE have also been commissioned by clients such as Scotland Against Drugs, Drinkwise, Strathclyde Police and Fire Brigade, various local authorities and many others. Many of these projects have involved performances to school children of various ages by professional actors, along with participatory follow up workshops. The company has used theatre as a means of educating and training adults with commissioned plays for clients such as the NHS, STUC and Scottish Executive, at venues from the Borders to the Shetland Isles. Finally, the company has provided the principal theatrical input to Strathclyde Police’s annual Choices for Life event, performing to over 50,000 P7 pupils every year through Scotland, at venues such as the SECC and AECC.
PACE also undertakes hundreds of community workshops each year in school, libraries and other venues, including drama workshops for those with disabilities.
PACE YOUTH THEATRE
PACE Youth Theatre has become the largest, most successful youth theatre in the UK, with over 1000 young people aged 3-21 attending weekly workshops in drama, music and dance, with an aim to increase confidence, communication skills and self expression as well as teach performance skills, since 1988. Ex-members of PACE Youth Theatre have included actor James McAvoy (Shameless, Last King of Scotland), singer Paulo Nutini, actor Gordon McCorkell (River City), actress Shauna McDonald (Spooks, The Descent), Fame Academy winner David Sneddon, TV presenter Kate Heavenor, as well as many other lesser known actors and actresses currently working in theatre, TV and film, and thousands of others who have used the confidence and communications skills learned at PACE in successful careers in other industries.
Workshops are run by fully trained full time staff, under the guidance of the Artistic Director, Director & Deputy Director of Drama, and our senior drama workers.
Members also receive additional benefits such free casting agency representation for TV & Film work and discounts for ‘Fest!’ events.
Fest! is PACE’s hugely popular school holiday performing arts festivals for young people aged 3-21 and are open to PACE members and non members. Fest events generally involve a cast of young people coming together for one week to devise and rehearse a new production based on a fun theme. The are designed to challenging as well as great fun and are a great way for young people to make friends and spend their school holiday time. There are around 2,000 fest participants each year, performing in over 60 different performances.
PACE Casting is the casting agency set up by PACE to represent its youth theatre members in TV, film and advertising productions. It provides licensing and chaperoning services to production companies as well as audition facilities, and also produces an annual casting directory book, with over 1,000 professional photos and CV details, distributed to all major UK production companies. All this is provided to our youth theatre members for no additional charge our agency fee. This has resulted in it being one of the largest suppliers of young actors to the TV and film industries in Scotland, with our members appearing in productions such as Still Game, River City, Rob Roy, Small Faces, Taggart, Young Adam, and commercials for BT, The Herald, Ikea, RBS, Scottish Executive, AOL and Hovis.
PACE MEDIA PRODUCTIONS
PACE Media Productions was formed to provide a different medium for the dramatic work produced by PACE Theatre Company. It has produced educational dramas for clients such as Drinkwise, Scotland Against Drugs, Scottish Government, NHS 24, West Dumbartonshire Council, and many others.
PACE was formed in 1988 and was originally conceived as the outreach arm of Paisley Arts Centre, but an increased demand on the company’s services required it to expand. In 1992 the company became independent of the local authority, as a non-profit making company and registered charity, and since then has grown to become one of the largest youth theatres of its kind in the UK.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PACE CALL 0845 130 5218