Feb 7 2013 By Kenneth Speirs
Superstar Gerard Butler has lent some Hollywood glamour to a youth theatre’s recruitment drive in his home town.
The Hollywood star, who was brought up in Paisley and attended St Mirin & St Margaret’s High School, believes the twon’s PACE project, based in the town’s School Wynd, is a great way to get involved in acting.
He said: “I was interested to learn more about the great programmes PACE organises in my home town of Paisley, providing a stage for the talented young people of Scotland who want to train and develop their skills in the acting arena.
“I just wish that PACE had been around when I was growing up wanting to learn more about acting and the theatre.
“I wish PACE all the luck for the future and hope that they will be around for many years to come to mentor and encourage our budding actors.”
Gerard – whose new film, Playing for Keeps, has just been released at the cinema – was speaking after PACE invited young people to follow in the footsteps of some of Renfrewshire’s most famous actors by applying for a place in the forthcoming term.
Bosses said a new structure of class times means that there are now places available at both Paisley and Ayr bases, where young people can participate in weekly term-time workshops, focussing on the key skills of confidence, communication, and co-operation, as well as performance skills and fun.
Executive director David Wallace, who has just completed his 25th panto with PACE, said: “Each workshop is geared towards the particular ages and requirements of the groups as a whole.
“They may be based around movement, dance, dance-drama, voice, acting, drama games, music or improvisation.
“We use one of the most undervalued educators in our lives – drama – to make young people’s lives better.”
David added that the chance to participate in workshops, shows and be part of a company that regularly supplies young actors for TV and film productions throughout the UK, is one not to be missed.
Famous names that have spent time at PACE include film star James McAvoy, singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini, Game of Thrones star Richard Madden and Fame Academy winner David Sneddon.
Young people can find out about becoming a member of PACE by calling 0845 130 5218 or apply online by visiting www.youththeatre.com