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Confidence. Communication. Creativity.

Join the UK's largest youth theatre.
Weekly workshops in drama for anyone aged 3-21.
FREE TO USE FIRST USE: PACE Theatre Company new patron rising star of stage and screen James McArdle (Mary Queen of Scots)in the former New Templar Hall, Old Sneddon Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, which is to be transformed into a new theatre space dedicated to promoting and developing theatre for children, young people and families, the first of its kind in Scotland. January 23, 2020. McArdle took time out of filming in Philidelphia  with Kate Winslet on his new HBO series Mare of East Town - he is due back on set in the coming days after visiting Paisley. 
James is a former PACE Youth Theatre member and since graduating from RADA in 2010 has garnered a string of impressive credits includingÊtitle roles inÊJames I, Platonov and Peter GyntÊat the National Theatre, a Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner's Angels in America, and as the Earl of Moray in the 2019 feature film Mary Queen of Scots.
The vacant building on Old Sneddon St in Paisley, was most recently the site of a former nightclub (Mannequins) but was built as the New Templar Hall in 1932 and has been variously used as a dance hall, cinema and telephone exchange in its lifetime.
Renfrewshire Council has already pledged an award of up to £300k from RenfrewshireÕs £1.46m share of the Scottish Government's £50m Town Centre Capital Fund - aimed at bringing vacant buildings back into use, improving infrastructure and supporting community-led regeneration.Ê
A new venue for children
and young people's theatre
Find out more about our project to create a brand new venue in Paisley and how you can support our work
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youth theatre

for ages 3-21

Weekly workshops to improve confidence, creativity and performance skills and make life-long friends.

for ages 3-5
Weekly workshops for pre-school children in drama music, movement and storytelling.
for ages 0-3

Regular creative classes for little ones and their grown-ups!

young company

for ages 12-21

Advanced workshops in theatre and performance for young people considering a career in theatre.

Performance experiences for young people aged 3-21 during school holidays – open to everyone!

starting soon

Ages 5-9
Poppins – Scenes & Routines
Fri 28 Jun 2024
Age 11-21
Summer Panto (12-21)
Mon 1 Jul to
 Fri 5 Jul 2024
Age 9-12
Bugsy Malone
Mon 1 Jul to
 Sat 6 Jul 2024
Age 5-7
Schools Out!
Mon 1 Jul to
 Thu 4 Jul 2024
Age 7-9
Inside Out
Mon 1 Jul to
 Fri 5 Jul 2024
Age 3-5
TotsFest! The Everywhere Bear
Mon 1 Jul to
 Thu 4 Jul 2024
Age 9-12
The BFG
Mon 8 Jul to
 Fri 12 Jul 2024
Age 5-7
Inspired by Dr Seuss
Mon 8 Jul to
 Fri 12 Jul 2024
Age 7-9
Summer Panto Jnr
Mon 8 Jul to
 Thu 11 Jul 2024
Age 11-21
Inspired by Abba
Mon 8 Jul to
 Sat 13 Jul 2024
Age 3-5
TotsFest! Tales from Acorn Wood
Mon 8 Jul to
 Thu 11 Jul 2024
Age 3-5
TotsFest! The Hungry Caterpillar
Mon 15 Jul to
 Thu 18 Jul 2024
Age 7-9
Inspired by Roald Dahl
Mon 15 Jul to
 Fri 19 Jul 2024
Age 12-21
Freak Nation
Mon 15 Jul to
 Thu 18 Jul 2024
Age 11-18
Frozen (11-18)
Mon 15 Jul to
 Sat 20 Jul 2024
Age 5-8
Frozen (5-8)
Mon 15 Jul to
 Sat 20 Jul 2024
Age 8-11
Frozen (8-11)
Mon 15 Jul to
 Fri 19 Jul 2024
Age 12-21
Animal Farm
Mon 22 Jul to
 Sat 27 Jul 2024

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This summer - a free programme of drama workshops in an immersive digital space.

“I owe everything to PACE. Not just the skills I learnt that I can use when acting, but how to have confidence in myself.  It helped me find joy in meeting new people and not be afraid of being me. It’s still the happiest time of my life. I felt like I had a voice and was listened to at PACE even though I was young. It taught me I had value and worth which has been a vital part in becoming an actor but also just in growing up.”

James McArdle

ACTOR / PACE PATRON

PACE use drama as a means to inform, educate, motivate, address prejudices and change mindsets in the workplace, and act as a catalyst for discussion and workshops 

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PACE Theatre Company has specialised in touring schools and other establishments productions and workshops since 1988

PACE Casting represents over 1,000 young actors  based in Scotland, from ages 3-21, who are members of our youth theatre

Our spaces include 2 unique studio rehearsal spaces, an auditorium and a range of facilities and equipment

Watch our educational short films, shown in schools around Scotland. 

If you’re interested in working with PACE then check out our available jobs and opportunities 

News & Latest Updates

PACE Receives Donation from The Resapol Foundation

May 21, 2024

CHARITY PLACES 1000th DEFIBRILLATOR WITH PACE THEATRE COMPANY

February 12, 2024

LGBT Charter – Call-out for Young Champions

January 16, 2024

Board Member Opportunity

November 20, 2023

Tiny Tots Baby Event

September 20, 2023

Beauty and the Beast – Panto 2023

August 25, 2023

WORK BEGINS ON NEW PHASE OF EXCHANGE THEATRE IN PAISLEY

May 16, 2023

Welcome to The Enchanted Forest!

December 21, 2022

CINDERELLA 2022

August 10, 2022

Exciting new pop-up venue

May 25, 2022

Awards for Exchange from Two Major Funders

May 20, 2022

Exchange Receives £800k Funding Boost

December 20, 2021

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youth theatre

for ages 3-21

Weekly workshops to improve confidence, creativity and performance skills and make life-long friends.

for ages 3-21

Performance experiences in school holidays for members and non-members.

for ages 3-5

Weekly workshops to improve confidence, creativity and performance skills and make life-long friends.

young company

for ages 16-21

Advanced workshops in theatre and performance for young people considering a career in theatre

We're building a new theatre for young people.
We need your help.