Weekly drama workshops based in Paisley for S5+ young people.
The Accelerate programme is designed to push young people who have shown particular skill and ability in core workshops and are ready for something that will push and stretch them further. In order to be moved to an Accelerate group a young person must be excelling in all areas of a core group and be ready for the demands of a more challenging theatre environment.
The Accelerate programme will cover similar skills to that of the core programme for that age group but the exercises will be more challenging and demanding. There may be an element of research, learning or study required at required at home to enhance the work being done in class.
In order to remain in Accelerate young people must remain extremely focused in all work that they undertake.
* Entry into Accelerate groups is by workshop tutor / director recommendation and regular senior staff reviews.
Developing creativity, voice, the language of movement, acting, character study, improvisation, mastering emotions, theatre styles, critical analysis, presentation skills, text interpretation, audience communication, delivering a performance, discussion and debate. Confidence, self-expression, collaboration, ensemble building, listening, leading, concentration and focus.
Normal workshop length: 2 hrs 30 mins
Membership divided into equal monthly payments ending June 2021. No contracts - cancel anytime.
Family discounts are available for multiple members living at the same address. You need to enter a coupon code when signing up each member. Email email@example.com if you are signing up a family and do not have a discount code.
We are committed to ensuring financial barriers do not prevent young people from attending PACE.
Improved ventilation and toilet facilities.
Located throughout our venues - all participants are encouraged to use before each workshop.
To help maintain social distancing.
To avoid contact between classes and busy changeover times.
Spaces and touch points are sanitised between every group, and deep cleaned regularly with floors and surfaces coated in Zoono which provides a long lasting antibacterial protective layer.
Is currently required for ages 12+ in workshops.
These will be required in communal areas for anyone aged 12+.
It is important you do not attend workshops if you have a new persistent cough, high temperature or change of taste or smell.
Most frequent questions and answers
Paisley workshops take place on a Saturday and also mid-week. Workshops take place during school term time. With four terms in the Youth Theatre year, there are roughly 34 workshops per year in total. Workshops take place in our base at Spires Drama Studios, as well as in The Wynd Centre, Paisley Arts Centre and Team MacNeil Dance Studio.
Our Core Workshops mostly follow in line with school year groups. Our Accelerate and Young Company programmes are for members who have shown particular skill and ability in core classes and entry is by tutor/director recommendation or audition, but these are also divided according to age.
All of our groups are run by our trained staff, with the resources of a company that has specialised in working with children since 1988. All PACE staff are PVG checked.
PACE Youth Theatre workshops are all based on our unique syllabus devised to increase confidence, self-expression, communication and performance skills. They are also great fun and a great way to meet new friends. Workshops are at the core of PACE Youth Theatre and a lot of time and effort is spent ensuring our workshops are fun, educational, well targeted and of the highest standard.
You can find out more about the content and structure of workshops on the page for each group level.
Although PACE is a workshop based youth theatre, members often have the opportunity to participate in shows, be they large scale, devised or scripted. Members get advance notice and discounts on our Fest! Performing Arts Festivals events and performances. PACE mount over 70 Fest! performances every year during the school holidays, giving everyone lots of opportunites to get on stage! These day and week long activities concentrate on drama, dance and music for both members and non-members and are always extremely popular.
We also have a festival of youth theatre performances every year for older groups as well as presentations and open workshops for parents to attend.
PACE Youth Theatre members are in constant demand from TV and film produstion companies, both nationally and internationally. PACE Casting was set up to represent our members to interested companies and provide a comprehensive chaperoning and licensing service. All this is provided to our members for no additional charge or agency fee. PACE members have appeared in hundreds of films, commercials and TV productions over the years both in the UK and abroad. Established members also have the opportunity to appear in the Young Person’s Casting Directory, the largest directory of young actors in Scotland, distributed annually to hundreds of production companies.
PACE has worked with tens of thousands of young people, who have used the key skills they have learnt form PACE in all walks of life. Many of these have gone on to work in all aspects of the performing arts. PACE alumni have included singer Paolo Nutini and actors James McAvoy (X-Men), Richard Madden (Bodyguard, Cinderella), James McArdle (Mary Queen of Scots), Amy Conachan (Hollyoaks), Mark Rowley (The Last Kingdom) and many more.
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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.
Membership of PACE Youth Theatre is paid over 10 months with discounts available for families with more than one member living at the same address. Full details can be found here.
Members joining mid-term will have their first term payment adjusted accordingly.
Bursary and concessionary places are available for families on low incomes. You can find out more about our bursary fund here.
Please wear casual, comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear to workshops. PACE t-shirts are recommended but not compulsory. Please do not wear non-essential jewellery. Mobiles phones are not permitted to be used during workshops or rehearsals.
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.