A Change of PACE

an exciting new programme of digital youth theatre

courses. classes. content. creativity!

Introducing A Change of PACE, a new and exciting way for young people across Scotland to get creative, learn from the best , perform, make new friends, have fun. And it’s all from the comfort of your own home. What are you waiting for – get joining to see what it’s all about.

a new web platform for creative young people

Custom built to ignite creativity in young people and support mental wellbeing.

weekly zoom drama classes for 3-21*

Confidence. Communication. Creativity.

“seemingly single-handedly producing the next generation of Scottish acting talent”
Daily Record

*Membership without weekly class also available.

bookable classes, courses and events

A constantly updated programme for ages 3-21 by arts practitioners across the world.

Free (or donate) for Change of PACE members.

inspiring content library

A free library of video workshops covering acting, singing, dance, story-telling, warm-ups, visual arts, writing, mental well-being, as well as exclusive performances, podcasts, audio stories and much more.

digital theatre recommendations

A curated selection of links to the best theatre for children and young people to watch at home plus free Digital Theatre + membership for S3+*

* Digital Theatre for S3+ with regular zoom class (not ‘Light’ classes)

a creative community of friends

Creative tasks, challenges, feedback and chat for members and parents.

perform on our digital stage

Take part in optional live streamed performances for friends and family at pacetheatre.com/stage

and much more...

Social events, volunteering opportunities, industry Q&A sessions, one-on-one audition support, action committees and more!

Free (or Donate What You Can)*

More content and events added every day

Limited places available

Cancel anytime

* We are making this available for free until at least 1 September 2020 for those whose financial circumstances or mental wellbeing has been negatively affected by the coronavirus crisis, and for others on a Donate What You Can basis. Every penny donated will help us expand our service and ensure our survival through a very difficult period. 

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Who are PACE?

We are the UK's largest youth theatre.

PACE Theatre Company is based in Paisley and was formed in 1988 and is a registered charity specialising in work with children and young people. It runs PACE Youth Theatre – the largest youth theatre of its kind in the UK, working with around 1,000 young people ages 3-21 every week. It also produces professional theatre productions including Paisley’s annual pantomime to audiences of over 17,000 every year, tours schools with educational performances, and manages the Wynd Auditorium venue. We are passionate about the power of theatre and creativity to improve the lives of young people.

PACE is run by a core team of twelve permanent staff, employing over 40 freelance artists and technical staff, and 15 part-time front of house staff.  We have a bursary and concessionary place scheme to help as many young people as possible gain access to life-changing arts skills and inspiring opportunities.

Former PACE Youth Theatre alumni include Richard Madden, James McAvoy, Paulo Nutini, James McArdle, Amy Conachan, Kevin Guthrie, Scott Reid, Shauna MacDonald and many more.

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Are you a creative freelancer?

We are expanding our online programme across Scotland and are looking for theatre practitioners or artists to deliver inspiring online classes or create prerecorded digital content or writing for young people.