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fest!

Performing Arts Experiences for Young People

summer 2021

28th june - 14th august

booking now open!

Event Age Filter

earth

Our home is in crisis. Can you help? Create performances inspired by our environment.
fest!
Ages 9-12
Our House is on Fire

Places available

Begins Monday August 2 2021
Ends Thursday August 5 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)

growing up

Stories focused on childhood , growth and self-development.
fest!
Ages 11-18
13
the musical

1 places left

Begins Monday July 26 2021
Ends Saturday July 31 2021
10:
10 - 
16:
10
(Final day 10.10 am until show ends - show 7pm)
Ages 5-8
Alice in Wonderland

Currently Full (Waitlist Open)

Begins Monday August 2 2021
Ends Saturday August 7 2021
09:
50 - 
15:
50
(Final day 09.50am until show ends - show 1pm)

lolz

Write, improvise and perform in riotously funny performances featuring outrageous characters, ridiculous concepts and wacky plotlines.
fest!
Ages 5-8
Seuss Stories

3 places left

Begins Monday July 19 2021
Ends Saturday July 24 2021
09:
50 - 
15:
50
(Final day 09.50am until show ends - show 1pm)
Ages 11-18
Phantom of the Eurovision

Currently Full (Waitlist Open)

Begins Tuesday July 20 2021
Ends Saturday July 24 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)

fresh

Our fresh strand focuses on new or contemporary work in devised theatre, musical theatre, plays, film and new writing.
fest!
Ages 11-18
Power Up

Places available

Begins Monday August 2 2021
Ends Friday August 6 2021
10:
10 - 
16:
10
(Final day 10.10am until show ends - show 7pm)

enchanted forest

Explore a world of magic, wonder, fairies and adventure.
fest!
Outdoor Performance
Ages 10-14
A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare

3 places left

Begins Monday July 12 2021
Ends Thursday July 22 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(There are no rehearsals Sat 17 & Sun 18 Jul. Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)
Ages 8-11
Once Upon a Time
Dance Drama

Places available

Begins Monday July 19 2021
Ends Friday July 23 2021
09:
50 - 
15:
50
(Final day 09.50am until show ends - show 7pm)
Ages 5-8
The Legend of the Haggis

Places available

Begins Monday July 26 2021
Ends Saturday July 31 2021
09:
50 - 
15:
50
(Final day 09.50am until show ends - show 1pm)

cabaret

Welcome to the club! A variety showcase of song, dance and comedy.
fest!
Ages 13-21
Contemporary Musical Showcase

5 places left

Begins Monday July 19 2021
Ends Thursday July 22 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)
Ages 10-14
Club 88
Music, Standup & Variety Showcase

Places available

Begins Monday July 26 2021
Ends Thursday July 29 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)
Ages 8-11
Bugsy Malone

Currently Full (Waitlist Open)

Begins Monday August 2 2021
Ends Saturday August 7 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)

back to school

Schools out! But this summer there's still time for a creative education.
fest!
For ages 9-12
Bright. Young. Things.
by Georgia Christou

Places available

Begins Monday July 26 2021
Ends Friday July 30 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)
SkillsActing
2 week event
for ages 12-21
Legally Blonde
the musical!

2 places left

Begins Monday August 2 2021
Ends Thursday August 12 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Wed 11 10am until show ends. Thur 12 4pm until show ends. Show 7pm.)
Ages 5-8
Matilda
Jnr.

Currently Full (Waitlist Open)

Begins Monday August 9 2021
Ends Saturday August 14 2021
09:
50 - 
15:
50
(Final day 09.50am until show ends - show 1pm)
Ages 8-11
Matilda
Jnr.

Currently Full (Waitlist Open)

Begins Monday August 9 2021
Ends Friday August 13 2021
10:
00 - 
16:
00
(Final day 10am until show ends - show 7pm)
Ages 11-18
Bring It On
the musical

Places available

Begins Monday August 9 2021
Ends Saturday August 14 2021
10:
10 - 
16:
10
(Final day 10.10am until show ends - show 7pm)

for ages 3-5

little adventurers

Welcome to the world of Little Adventurers!
We discover, explore, create, play, perform, have fun and so much more.

fest!

...perform

A unique opportunity for young children to help create a new story through themed games and fun activities. Four mornings culminate in a performance that includes elements of storytelling, music, poetry.

Ages 3-5
There’s Magic in the Jungle

Places available

Begins Monday July 19 2021
Ends Thursday July 22 2021
10:
00 - 
12:
00
Ages 3-5
The Enchanted Train

Places available

Begins Monday July 26 2021
Ends Thursday July 29 2021
10:
00 - 
12:
00
Ages 3-5
The Legend of Dancing Dragons

Places available

Begins Monday August 2 2021
Ends Thursday August 5 2021
10:
00 - 
12:
00
Ages 3-5
Lost at Pirate Sea

Places available

Begins Monday August 9 2021
Ends Thursday August 12 2021
10:
00 - 
12:
00

campfire club

fun two hour storytelling and role play workshops

Ages 3-5

Places available

Saturday July 24 2021
10:
00 -
12:
00
Ages 3-5

Places available

Saturday July 31 2021
10:
00 -
12:
00
Ages 3-5

Places available

Saturday August 7 2021
10:
00 -
12:
00

Fest! FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

At PACE our aim is to offer a unique and varied artistic programme, which offers young people of all ages the chance to participate, learn and perform or in a whole variety of bespoke performing arts experiences during the school holidays. Whatever you are interested in we have something for you – from classic to contemporary texts, devising, physical theatre, comedy, musical theatre and site-specific performances.

All our events promote confidence, self-esteem and self-expression as well as teamwork and collaboration skills. On top of this each individual event focuses on developing different creative skills and you can see some of the varied range of skills that will be covered listed under each event description. The very core of our ethos is about developing each young person and giving them the chance to be part of a fun and creative environment in which they can express themselves and be who they want to be.

So, what are you waiting for? Do something different this year, something you’ve never done before, and be part of Fest!; make new friends, take risks, create incredible performances, learn new skills and make memories to last a lifetime.

We cannot wait for you to join us!

Covid guidance means audience capacities are currently extremely limited.  Tickets may be limited to 1 or 2 per participant.  We will let you know when show tickets are available and how to book.

For those not taking part or who know people taking part in Fest! why not come along and see some of the performances. Tickets for shows are not included in the price of the events. Ticket prices vary and are detailed on each event description. Concessionary tickets are available up to all PACE members, age 21 or under, as well as over 65’s, students, registered disabled, and those receiving means tested benefits.
You can book tickets for all performances at any time during the summer. Shows normally last 30-60 mins. Get yours early to avoid disappointment.

To book tickets call 0345 130 5218 or click www.pacetheatre.com/boxoffice

* booking fees apply to online purchases

Covid-19 has brought uncertainty to everyone planning events, so we want to offer booking security with our No Worries Refund Policy. If Covid 19 restrictions prevent us from running our events, or illness or self-isolation means you need to cancel – we will provide a full refund if the event has not yet begun, or a pro-rated refund by day, if in the middle of the event.

PACE is a registered charity.

At PACE we want to make sure young people have the opportunity to benefit from arts activities in a way that is safe for participants and others. We have made a number of changes to capacities, start times, cleaning, ventilation and other procedures to minimise risk and all activities have been risk assessed. Covid guidance for children’s activities, youth work and performance is constantly evolving and we will continue to monitor these updates and make changes as required. Guidance varies by age of participant, the type of activity, and the current Renfrewshire protection level.  This may change before the event takes place and we will update all participants if this impacts on our Fest! activities.

Current Guidance Summary

  • Social distancing is required for young people 12 and over.
  • Face coverings are advised in communal areas, e.g. corridors for young people over 5. Please bring a mask.
  • Young people over 12 and audience members may be temperature checked on arrival.  All young people will be asked to hand sanitise.
  • Drop-off and pick-ups will take place at designated point outside (over 5’s).
  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.  

PACE is a self-sufficient, non-profit making company and registered charity so all of our membership charges go towards improving the quality of service we provide to young people.

Member Discounts

Current PACE members with an active subscription can get a 15% discount.  Please make sure you are signed into your account before booking and the discount will be automatically applied.

Concessionary Places

We have a limited number of concessionary places for families receiving certain means-tested benefits, at 50% discount on normal fees. These will be allocated on a first-come first served basis. Maximum two discounted weeks per participant. Please call us on 0345 130 5218 before booking.

Please wear casual, comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear to workshops.  Please do not wear non-essential jewellery. Mobiles phones are not permitted to be used during workshops or rehearsals.  Please bring water and a packed lunch for all day events.

Please do not bring expensive clothing or other items to PACE. We cannot accept responsibility for any items lost, stolen or damaged.

Please inform us of any medical condition or special needs when booking. All information will be treated in confidence.

PACE aims to make our workshops as inclusive as possible and will try and make appropriate adjustments for young people with additional needs, within the confines of our resources. If your child has any additional support needs please talk to us about it in advance.

at a glance

all events by age group

Ages 10-14
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mon 12 Jul to
 Thu 22 Jul 2021
Ages 8-11
Once Upon a Time
Mon 19 Jul to
 Fri 23 Jul 2021
Ages 5-8
Seuss Stories
Mon 19 Jul to
 Sat 24 Jul 2021
Ages 13-21
Contemporary Musical Showcase
Mon 19 Jul to
 Thu 22 Jul 2021
Ages 3-5
There’s Magic in the Jungle
Mon 19 Jul to
 Thu 22 Jul 2021
Ages 11-18
Phantom of the Eurovision
Tue 20 Jul to
 Sat 24 Jul 2021
Ages 3-5
Spooky Stories
Sat 24 Jul 2021
Ages 5-8
The Legend of the Haggis
Mon 26 Jul to
 Sat 31 Jul 2021
Ages 10-14
Club 88
Mon 26 Jul to
 Thu 29 Jul 2021
Ages 3-5
The Enchanted Train
Mon 26 Jul to
 Thu 29 Jul 2021
For ages 9-12
Bright. Young. Things.
Mon 26 Jul to
 Fri 30 Jul 2021
Ages 11-18
13
Mon 26 Jul to
 Sat 31 Jul 2021
Ages 3-5
Safari Stories
Sat 31 Jul 2021
Ages 5-8
Alice in Wonderland
Mon 2 Aug to
 Sat 7 Aug 2021
Ages 3-5
The Legend of Dancing Dragons
Mon 2 Aug to
 Thu 5 Aug 2021
for ages 12-21
Legally Blonde
Mon 2 Aug to
 Thu 12 Aug 2021
Ages 8-11
Bugsy Malone
Mon 2 Aug to
 Sat 7 Aug 2021
Ages 9-12
Our House is on Fire
Mon 2 Aug to
 Thu 5 Aug 2021
Ages 11-18
Power Up
Mon 2 Aug to
 Fri 6 Aug 2021
Ages 3-5
Farmyard Stories
Sat 7 Aug 2021
Ages 5-8
Matilda
Mon 9 Aug to
 Sat 14 Aug 2021
Ages 3-5
Lost at Pirate Sea
Mon 9 Aug to
 Thu 12 Aug 2021
Ages 8-11
Matilda
Mon 9 Aug to
 Fri 13 Aug 2021
Ages 11-18
Bring It On
Mon 9 Aug to
 Sat 14 Aug 2021
“..an extremely useful experience that helps to build so many skills that you will use every day of your life. Not only that, you will have such a fun time and meet so many amazing people while doing it.”
Daniel, 17
“Wonderful opportunity to take part in sessions in a safe, fun setting, excellent coaching. My child doesn’t want to spend summer anywhere else!”
Judith (parent)
“Brilliant fun, great way of making new friends. Love being able to improve acting, singing and dancing skills”
Ross, 15
“Fest is an amazing opportunity to push yourself and learn whilst also getting to perform in a wide variety of shows. You learn incredible skills over a short period of time. It is such a fun and worthwhile experience and a great way to spend some of your holidays!”
Amy, 16
“Fest is something I’ve done every summer and easter for almost 10 years, it’s a ton of fun and I’ve made so many good friends because of it, 100% would recommend.”
Lana, 14
“What I love about PACE’s summer program is that it’s a fun and passion filled experience with the chance to sing, dance, act and perform after a week of intense rehearsal, all while spending time with friends and meeting new people. It’s truly one of the best ways to spend summer!”
Rebecca, 16
“I spent some of the best weeks of my teenage years at Fest. Within a week, we created brilliant shows from scratch and made friends for life and it helped my confidence grow.”
Anna, 21

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Watch the short film

Get a sense of what it’s like taking part in our Fest! events. Check out our Summer Fest short film from 2011.

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