PACE Theatre Company

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PACE Theatre Company is a registered charity and non-profit making theatre company based in Paisley, Scotland. Formed in 1988 by David Wallace,[1] PACE has four main components: a professional theatre production and Theatre-in-education (TIE) company; PACE Youth Theatre, with over 2,000 members;[citation needed] PACE Casting, a casting agency which represents Youth Theatre members; and PACE Media Productions, a media production company specialising in educational and dramatic video productions. In September 2017, Wallace was sacked from the company after a financial investigation. His wife Mhairi Wallace was suspended on full pay.[2][3]


PACE Theatre Company has produced the pantomime at Paisley Arts Centre since 1988.[4] The panto is written and directed by Wallace, who also costars in it with Alan Orr.

List of pantomimes by year:[citation needed]

  • 2017 “Snow White”
  • 2016 "Aladdin"
  • 2015 Sleeping Beauty
  • 2014 Beauty & the Beast
  • 2013 Mother Goose
  • 2012 Jack and the Beanstalk
  • 2011 Snowhite
  • 2010 Aladdin
  • 2009 Sleeping Beauty
  • 2008 Beauty & The Beast
  • 2007 Cinderella
  • 2006 Mother Goose
  • 2005 Babes in the Wood
  • 2004 Snow White
  • 2003 Aladdin
  • 2002 Sleeping Beauty
  • 2001 Beauty & the Beast
  • 2000 Hansel & Gretel
  • 1999 Mother Goose
  • 1998 Snow White
  • 1997 Cinderella
  • 1996 Jack & the Beanstalk
  • 1995 Babes in the Magic Wood
  • 1994 Aladdin
  • 1993 Beauty & the Beast
  • 1992 Hansel & Gretel
  • 1991 Cinderella
  • 1990 Snow White
  • 1989 Aladdin
  • 1988 Babes in the Wood
  • 1987 A Christmas Carol

PACE Youth Theatre[edit]

PACE Youth Theatre is one part of PACE Theatre Company, and has been running since 1988. It was founded by David Wallace. It is currently based in Spires Drama Studios, Paisley. It was previously known as Paisley Youth Theatre when based in Paisley Arts Centre. Currently PACE has just under 2000 members.

Past members[edit]

Ex-members of PACE Youth Theatre have included actor James McAvoy (Shameless, Last King of Scotland), singer Paolo Nutini, actor Gordon McCorkell (River City), Fame Academy winner David Sneddon, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), actor Martin Quinn, TV presenter Kate Heavenor, and others.[citation needed]


Fest! is PACE’s school holiday performing arts festivals for young people. There are over 3,000 fest participants each year, performing in over 60 different performances.[citation needed]

Choices for life[edit]

Every year Pace does a drug education event called Choices for Life in the SECC (Glasgow), Aberdeen Exhibition Centre and the Edinburgh Highland Centre. As of 2011 it was changed to "Choices for Life Online". It is targeted at P7 - S6 pupils.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Mary Brennan (23 November 2012). "Homegrown hero". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Acting coach who helped launch the careers of James McAvoy and Paolo Nutini is sacked after finance probe at theatre school". Scottish Daily Record. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "STATEMENT". PACE Theatre Company. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  4. ^ Gavin McInally; Chris Taylor (20 January 2016). "PACE Theatre Co: Paisley panto king David's record dame performance". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 May 2016.