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Offering young people of all ages the chance to participate, learn and perform in a variety of bespoke performing arts experiences

Performing Arts Experiences for Young People

At PACE our aim is to offer a unique and varied artistic programme, quite unlike anything else in the UK, 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. However, 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!

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“Some of my best memories of PACE were at Fest. It wasn’t just one week, it felt like I got to spend all summer with my friends, creating and being a part of shows that to this day I’m very proud of! Fest challenged me as an actor in many different ways but most of all gave me the confidence to be really comfortable on stage.”

Scott Reid, Actor
(Still Game, Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time)

“..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

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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