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PAISLEY’S FAMILY PANTO IS BACK! OH, YES IT IS! 

 

This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce the return of its annual pantomime with festive favourite Cinderella.  A seasonal treat for adults and children alike, this retelling of the classic tale will run from 7 to 31 December in an exciting new pop-up theatre in a transformed former department store in the centre of Paisley.  

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With the traditional home of PACE’s annual panto, Paisley Art Centre, currently under refurbishment this year’s family panto will take place in The Art Department, a large scale exhibition space run by Outspoken Arts in The Paisley Centre (formerly Allders Store/Co-op).  Panto will be performed in a fully-equipped, pop-up theatre on the third floor, which will be transformed to create a unique and immersive experience from beginning to end.  

       

Heading up a stellar ensemble cast as the Ugly Sisters are CHRIS ALEXANDER (Smile, Dundee Rep;  Martha and White, Catherine Wheels) who has been donning high heels as dame since his first appearance with PACE in 2017, and panto favourite, ALAN ORR (A New Life and Opening Time, A Play, a Pie and a Pint, The Dolls Abroad and The Dolls: Dragged Up, Scottish tour), whose comic performances have made him a favourite with panto audiences for many years. 

 

PACE is pleased to welcome back ANDY MCGREGOR as writer; Andy is a playwright, director and composer who is particularly known for his work for family audiences, as well as recent hit productions Crocodile Rock and A New Life (A Play, a Pie and a Pint and tour) and Spuds (in association with Beacon Arts Centre). He has previously written two pantos for PACE – The Snow Queen and Lost in Pantoland.   

 

Cinderella will be directed by DANIEL CAMERON; Daniel is a director, playwright and BAFTA Scotland award-winning actor, who is an alumnus of PACE. He trained as an actor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he played the Dame in Beauty and The Beast (2012) and is a regular lecturer at the RCS on the BA Musical Theatre programme. 

 

Regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN, whose previous designs for PACE include Lost in Pantoland, The Snow Queen and Jack in the Beanstalk, will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design. Fraser’s other recent credits include Designer for The Girls of Cartridge Hut No7 (Outspoken Arts), and Art Director for Nature+ Newsroom and Nature Zone (COP26).  

 

The remaining professional cast will be announced shortly, and they will be supported by over 100 young actors in four teams, handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy. 

 

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE said, “We’re thrilled to be bringing panto back to Paisley after a hiatus, as we know that the PACE panto is something of an institution for Renfrewshire audiences at Christmas. It’s especially exciting to be further developing our pop-up space, which we piloted during our summer activities, and we can’t wait to explore the opportunities that creating a panto in a non-traditional venue presents. We’re pulling out all the stops this Christmas and are confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!”  

 

With a reputation for producing some of the best family pantomimes in Scotland, regularly playing to audiences of more than 10,000 during the festive season, PACE promises a show you will never forget.   


  1. Tickets will go on sale on the following dates:   
    Group Bookings – Thu 25 Aug, 10am  
    General Bookings – Mon 29 Aug, 10am.   

LISTINGS INFORMATION 

 

PACE Theatre Company presents 
CINDERELLA 

Written by Andy McGregor 
Directed by Daniel Cameron 
Original Music by Alan Orr 

 

Wed 7 – Sat 31 December 2022  
(not Mondays) 

 

A family pantomime for all ages!  

 

General Booking: https://www.pacetheatre.com/boxoffice/ 
Group Booking: 0345 130 5218   
                                     
PRICING 

Tickets from £11 – £28.00 (booking fee applies)  
Schools and Group bookings – 10% off group bookings of 15 or over (excludes Gala Performance)   
 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE  

Wed 7 Dec:       7pm (Preview) 
Thu 8 Dec:        1pm and 7pm (Preview) 
Fri 9 Dec:          10am, 2pm and 7pm (Gala Performance) 
Sat 10 Dec:       3pm and 7pm 
Sun 11 Dec:      11am (Relaxed performance) and 3pm  
 
Tue 13 Dec:      10am and 7pm (Signed performance) 
Wed 14 Dec:     10am, 2pm and 7pm 
Thu 15 Dec:      1pm and 7pm 
Fri 16 Dec:        10am, 2pm  and 7pm 
Sat 17 Dec:       3pm and 7pm 
Sun 18 Dec:      11am and 3pm 
 
Tue 20 Dec:      10am, 2pm and 7pm 
Wed 21 Dec:     1pm and 7pm 
Thu 22 Dec:      3pm and 7pm 
Fri 23 Dec:        3pm and 7pm 
Sat 24 Dec:       11am, 3pm and 7pm 

Tue 27 Dec:      11am and 3pm  
Wed 28 Dec:     3pm and 7pm 
Thu 29 Dec:      11am, 3pm and 7pm       
Fri 30 Dec:        3pm and 7pm 
Sat 31 Dec:       11am, 3pm and 7pm 
 
CREATIVE TEAM  

Andy McGregor Writer  
Daniel Cameron             Director 
Alan Orr                        Producer & Original Music 
Pauline Ramsay            Production Manager 
Angela Orr                    Youth Theatre Director & Choreography 
Fraser Lappin               Set & Costume Designer 
Grant Mason                 Executive Producer

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BLIND athlete Jay Semple is preparing to take part in his 11th Paisley 10k Road Race and he’s encouraging others to join him racing around the streets of Paisley.

Jay, 43, suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Choroideremia – a genetic disorder that causes a progressive loss of vision – and will be assisted running around the race route by a running guide.

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But not only is he running in the Paisley 10k Race, Jay will also be taking part in the shorter Fun Run that sets off shortly afterwards, wearing his kilt and accompanied by his nine-year-old son, Tyler-James.

The Paisley 10k and Fun Run takes place on Sunday, August 21 and organisers are welcoming runners of all abilities, – from novice to experienced club and international athletes.

The popular event is organised by OneRen – the local charitable trust providing cultural, leisure and sporting opportunities to help people enjoy active and healthy lives – supported by Renfrewshire Council and Kilbarchan Amateur Athletics Club.

The Paisley 10k is Scotland’s third largest road race and the official charity partner is the Armed Forces veterans’ charity, Erskine.

There is more than £2000 in prize money up for grabs in the 10K race and trophies for the both boys and girls fun runners who are aged under seven, eight to 12 year old and 13 to 15 year old.

Jay, from Knightswood, in Glasgow has taken part in more than 300 road races and fun runs since he lost his sight in 2014, but he says the Paisley event is his favourite.

“It’s a fantastic day and it’s definitely my favourite run. It’s very well organised and there are always people cheering me on. I can’t speak highly enough about it.

“And Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron always comes over to give me a hug and I’m treated very well by everyone involved.”

Jay added: “I would urge people to sign up for the event and give it a go. If they’re not confident about doing the 10k, they should do the Fun Run.”

Mark Tokeley, Head of Leisure and Community Services at OneRen said: “There’s still time to sign up for either the 10k Race or the Fun Run and join more than 2000 people who will be running on the day.

“Those taking part will have a great time and there are always lots of people on the pavement cheering the runners as they go by.

“Getting sponsored to complete either the 10k or Fun Run is a great way to raise money for charity or local clubs and organisations.”

To sign up for the 10k or Fun Run go to www.oneren.org/paisley-10k. Entries close at noon on Friday, August 19 as there are no entries available on race day.

PACE has revealed this summer’s programme of unique and varied in-person creative performance experiences for ages 3-21. Fest! is brimming with exciting performance courses; from classic to contemporary texts, devising, physical theatre, comedy and musicals.  Every year during Fest! more than 800 individual young people take part in 90+ holiday courses, where they make friends, take risks, learn new skills and make memories to last a lifetime.

To tie in with the Year of Stories 2022, this year’s events are themed by types of stories – including Unique Family Stories, Magical Stories, Silly stories and Fresh Stories!

Highlights include several outdoor productions to be performed at Lapwing Lodge’s outdoor campfire site including The Jungle Book and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; a strand of devised and physical theatre performances; comedy and improv events; as well as musical theatre shows including West Side Story, The Addams Family, classic texts like Frankenstein, a historical piece based on the Paisley Witches and a range of showcase events.

Fest! events will run from PACE’s base in the town centre, West College Scotland’s Centre for Performing arts on Renfrew Road, and The Art Department – an exciting new pop-up workshop and performance space in The Paisley Centre (the former Co-op/Alders).

While Covid restrictions have eased across Scotland, we are supporting the Scottish Government’s Distance Aware campaign, which offers people an easily recognisable shield symbol which can be worn to signify to others that they would appreciate extra distance and care around them. Badges and lanyards are available from libraries across Scotland.

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE, said:

We are really excited to launch this year’s programme, which feels bigger and better than ever. We’re introducing new venues, extra social events for the chance to mingle outside rehearsals and a programme jam-packed with events that celebrate stories and the many ways we can share them.   

“During Fest! we see the young people who join us grow in confidence, as well as creating amazing performances, and the last few years especially have shown us just how important it is that they have this opportunity to express themselves and to mix with their peers.”

PACE is committed to making sure that financial circumstances are not a barrier to participation and bursary and concessionary places are available for all of their activities, for families who might otherwise be unable to attend.

Full details can be found at: www.pacefest.com

Exchange Theatre, a new community theatre space in Paisley town centre, has received a major boost to its capital campaign this week with the confirmation of two significant awards from charitable foundations. 

We are delighted to acknowledge a grant of £200,000 from The Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the UK’s major supporters of the arts, as well as an award of £50,000 from The Robert Barr Charitable Foundation.

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The redevelopment of the vacant former nightclub as a much-needed mid-sized venue for Renfrewshire, establishing it across Scotland as a destination for children and young people’s theatre, is being spearheaded by PACE Theatre Company alongside their existing operations.

Once complete, it will host in-house and touring theatre productions, and offer a wide programme of creative learning opportunities, as well as offering an alternative venue to Renfrewshire’s thriving cultural community.

PACE Chief Executive Grant Mason said: “We are extremely grateful for these generous awards from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Robert Barr Charitable Foundation in support of our vision to provide life-changing opportunities for young people and the local community. 

“These grants are a major boost to our plans for Exchange, which we believe has the potential to create a vibrant cultural landmark and community hub for Paisley.” 

As well as the main theatre, Exchange will also host a small-scale 80-100-seat flexible studio theatre and creative learning space, plus a community creative play and workshop space. There will also be a family-friendly café/bar with informal performance area, dressing rooms, reading snug, and exhibition space for young visual artists.

The space will be fully accessible, autism-friendly, and co-designed and developed at every stage with a group of ‘Young Architects’.

Sustainability is a key priority for the project, designed with the aim of creating a green, carbon neutral, theatre for the future that’s financially and environmentally sustainable with 100% LED theatre fixtures.

It is expected Phase II will be complete by December 2022, but PACE are calling on businesses and individuals to support the project by donating to their Million Pound Wall campaign, to reach the fundraising total required to complete the third and final phase of work. 

The ongoing project to build a new community theatre space in Paisley town centre has taken a huge step forward after an £800,000 funding boost was confirmed.

PACE Theatre Company are currently developing a new theatre in Paisley for children, young people and families – called Exchange – in a long-time vacant former nightclub opposite Paisley Gilmour Street Station.

And the project has now received the sum from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grand Fund (RCGF), after a successful bid from Renfrewshire Council on PACE’s behalf.

The £2.6m project – which will include a 300-seat main theatre plus other community and creative spaces – received planning permission in February 2020, and work has been under way since November of that year.

When open in March 2023, it will host near-200 PACE performances each year, plus professional touring shows, and creative learning opportunities, as well as offering an alternative venue to Renfrewshire’s thriving cultural community.

This round of the Scottish Government’s Capital Grant Regeneration Fund will see more than £25 million of funding shared between 22 locally-developed projects across Scotland that tackle inequalities and promote sustainable and inclusive economic recovery from the pandemic.

PACE chief executive Grant Mason said: “We are extremely grateful to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund for their investment in this project, which we believe will be transformative for young people, the local community, and for the regeneration of Paisley.

“The award will allow major works to begin early next year and takes us significantly closer to the completion of Exchange.

“The support of Renfrewshire Council throughout this process has been invaluable, with their vision for Exchange’s potential to create a vibrant cultural landmark and community hub for Paisley mirroring our own.”

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson added: “Our officers have been working with PACE since 2019 to assist with their funding applications, and we are thrilled for them the Scottish Government have recognised the quality of the project by making this significant award.

“PACE have been at the heart of the area’s creative community for decades, and when it opens Exchange will allow them to harness the power of culture to change the lives of future generations of Renfrewshire’s young people.

“This development complements our wider vision to bring new life to the town centre by finding new cultural uses for vacant buildings, as well as our £100m investment in our own heritage venues and outdoor spaces, including the ongoing transformations of the museum and town hall.

“The news also arrives as we prepare to open our Future Paisley exhibition in the new year, which will tell the story of how Paisley’s approach to culture-led regeneration can make it a leader for towns everywhere.”

PACE had already received £420,000 from Renfrewshire’s share of the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund to fund initial work to the building, and to produce developed designs to allow their application to the RCGF to be made.

The project is bringing back into use a long-time vacant historic building in a prime location, which will allow it to come off the Buildings at Risk register.

As well as the main theatre, Exchange will also host a small-scale 80-100-seat flexible studio theatre and creative learning space, plus a community creative play and workshop space.

There will also be a family-friendly café/bar with informal performance area, dressing rooms, reading snug, and exhibition space for young visual artists.

The space will be fully-accessible, autism-friendly, and co-designed and developed at every stage with a group of ‘young architects’.

Sustainability is a key priority for the project, designed with the aim of creating a green, carbon neutral, theatre for the future that’s financially and environmentally sustainable with 100% LED theatre fixtures.

It is expected Phase II will be complete by December 2022, but PACE are calling on businesses and individuals to support the project by donating to their Million Pound Wall campaign, to reach the fundraising total required to complete the third and final phase of work.

https://www.pacetheatre.com/exchange/millionpoundwall/

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PACE is re-developing a disused town centre building as a unique venue for children and young people, and aims to create a vibrant arts hub for use by all of the community. But we want to hear your ideas!

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Exchange-ing Ideas: A Community Open Day

Sat 9 Oct, 11am – 3pm
Exchange Theatre, Old Sneddon Street, Paisley

(formerly Mannequins)

Exchange will provide a low-cost venue for performances by community groups, a free interactive creative play area for younger children and their families, and a much needed mid-size venue for Renfrewshire.  It’s planned flexible-use spaces will also allow for a host of creative learning opportunities, increased community engagement and will support artist development locally. It’s anticipated that Exchange will also bring more people to Paisley and help promote the area as a cultural visitor destination, providing a boost for local restaurants and businesses, increasing employment and contributing to regeneration.

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– Come along to meet our team and see the space
– Find out about our plans and how they could benefit you
– Have your say about what you think a space like this can offer
Children/young people are welcome but please be aware that the building is still under construction. Access is currently via several stairs and there is uneven flooring.

Pop in anytime between 11am and 3pm.

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“After careful consideration, we must reluctantly confirm that there will be no PACE Theatre Company panto for Christmas 2021.

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“Regrettably, there are a number of factors that mean it is not viable for us to produce our annual panto this year. Paisley Arts Centre, our home venue for more than 30 years, is currently undergoing a £2.8m redevelopment and due to delays resulting from the pandemic, will not re-open for December 2021 as originally expected. Coupled with the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the uncertainty about any future restrictions, we feel the risks are too great to commit to staging a production this year.

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“Neither do we have plans for an online panto alternative at this time. Last year’s “Lost in Pantoland” was made possible with support from an emergency arts relief fund and without this additional funding the model is not sustainable.”

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we understand that many people will be disappointed. Our annual pantomime is a highlight of the year for many people, as it is for us, but we’re looking forward to being able to come back bigger and better next year.

“As a registered charity, we are hugely dependent on ticket sales to subsidise the work we do with young people throughout the year. Over 95% of our income comes from ticket sales and fees, meaning that we have been especially hard hit during the pandemic, and the loss of panto from our schedule for a second year running will leave a massive hole in our funds.

“If you are a regular audience member, please consider making a donation here: https://www.pacetheatre.com/donate/. Or to donate £10, text PACE to 70191.”

Grant Mason
Chief Executive, PACE Theatre Company Ltd.


We have ambitious plans for a new theatre in Paisley for children, young people and families but we need your support. Find out how you can #PlayYourPart at exchangetheatre.org

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PACE Theatre Company Ltd is delighted to have been named as a recipient in the second round of Creative Scotland’s Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund, announced on 4 August 2021. The Paisley-based theatre company, which ran the largest youth theatre of its kind prior to the introduction of Covid restrictions, is due to receive an award of £52,000 to support the organisation’s work.

The £17 million fund is being delivered by Creative Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, to support a broad range of 331 organisations and venues across Scotland, including comedy, festivals, music, nightclubs, performing arts, publishing, visual arts and cultural infrastructure. 

PACE was awarded £75,000 in the first round of the recovery fund in November 2020.

Grant Mason, Chief Executive, said of the announcement:

“We’ve been incredibly lucky to have the support of our members, alumni and local funders, during what have undoubtedly been challenging times. However, the impact of the restrictions we have faced over the last 18 months are still being keenly felt and this funding will go a long way to ensuring long-term stability for our organisation.

“We are incredibly grateful to have once again been selected by Creative Scotland to receive these funds, allowing us to continue to provide quality arts experiences for young people in Renfrewshire and beyond.”

Joan Parr, Interim Director of Arts and Engagement said:

“Our first priority continues to be supporting the recovery and renewal of Scotland’s art and creative sector as Covid-19 restrictions are eased and the sector can open up again more fully.

“Nevertheless, we remain acutely aware of the critical challenges faced by so many cultural organisations, and we know how vital this funding is in continuing to help protect jobs and support the sustainability of a sector that has felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic so significantly.”

A full list of awards can be found at: Further £17million emergency funding reaches Culture Organisations and Performing Arts Venues | Creative Scotland

PACE has revealed a summer programme of unique and varied in-person creative performance experiences for ages 3-21, performing both indoors and out.

The programme is brimming with exciting performance courses; from classic to contemporary texts, devising, physical theatre, comedy and musicals.  Make friends, take risks, learn new skills and make memories to last a lifetime.

Highlights include several site-specific outdoor productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods and The Secret Garden; a strand of youth-led productions inspired by the climate crisis; devised and physical theatre performances; comedy and improv events; film-making and writing workshops; as well as musical theatre shows including Bugsy Malone and 13.

NB – photographs are from previous Fests prior to the introduction of social distancing or any other covid measures. 

We have been working hard to ensure young people can experience all of the social, educational and wellbeing benefits of our summer activities safely and in line with current covid guidance. PACE successfully re-introduced in person workshops for the Summer term, and has made a number of changes to capacities, introduced staggered start times, enhanced cleaning, ventilation and other procedures to minimise risk and all activities have been risk assessed in line with covid guidance for children’s activities, youth work and performance.

Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE, said:
We can’t wait to have our building buzzing with energy and creativity again this summer. We’re incredibly proud of the way the team adapted last year to deliver an online programme, but we really missed being able to see everyone in person.

During Fest! we see the young people who join us grow in confidence, as well as creating amazing performances, and this year more than ever it’s important that they have this opportunity to express themselves and to mix with their peers.”

The full programme can be viewed and booked online at .www.pacetheatre.com/fest


Details of Bursary and concessionary places are available on application.

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Join us for an amazing evening of performances and chat from a huge selection of PACE alumni and friends, hosted LIVE from Exchange, Paisley.
Our Big PACE Night In promises music, laughter, memories, surprises, and talent by the bucket-load. Mark the ending of lockdown with an unforgettable big night in!
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Featuring performances and interviews from PACE alumni and others including: Darren Brownlie, Dani Heron, James McArdle, Mark Rowley, Martin Quinn, Scott Reid, Erin Hair, Daniel Cameron, Erin Armstrong, Erin Caldwell, Leigh Quinn, Declan McLeish, Laura Murray, Santino Smith, Scott Mackie, Ryan Hunter, Liam Farrelly, Aida Levantaki, Heather MacInnes, Kick the Door, Rebecca Lafferty, Amy Conachan, Alex Robertson and more.

Raising funds for a new theatre dedicated to children, young people and families.
Tickets: Donate-What-You-Can (Suggested donation £15)

www.pacetheatre.com/bignightin