Tag Archives: Paisley Arts Centre

FESTIVE SEASON: PACE Announces The Snow Queen: Paisley’s Family Panto That’s Cool As Can Be

This Christmas, PACE Theatre Company is delighted to announce its annual pantomime will be The Snow Queen. A festive treat for adults and children alike, this icy tale of a queen who is up to snow good will run from 27 November to 31 December, featuring hilarious characters, fantastic original music and a supporting chorus of young actors.

 CHRIS ALEXANDER (Martha and White, Catherine Wheels) will reprise his role as dame, Widow Swanky, having proved a hit with audiences since his debut performance in 2017’s PACE panto (Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White). He’ll appear alongside a stellar ensemble cast including: DUNCAN BROWN (Mammy Goose, Tron; Chick Whittington, macrobert), SARAH MCCARDIE (River City; Cinderella, Motherwell Theatre), SHANNON SWAN (Glasgow Girls; Outlander) and KARA SWINNEY (Sunshine on Leith, tour).

 PACE is pleased to welcome ANDY MCGREGOR as writer and director. Andy is a playwright, director and composer who has been making a name for himself creating work for family audiences, and in particular Christmas shows for venues such as the Citizens Theatre and macrobert arts centre.

 The Snow Queen will be produced and musically directed by ALAN ORR, whose comic performances were at the heart of PACE pantos for many years, while regular collaborator FRASER LAPPIN will bring his inimitable flair to the set and costume design.

Alan Orr said, “We’re incredibly proud that the PACE panto has become such an institution for Renfrewshire audiences at Christmas. It’s the perfect opportunity for families and friends to get together and celebrate the festivities. We’ve gathered together a fantastic team to create this year’s panto, and we’re confident that there will be something for everyone to enjoy!”

The cast will be completed by 4 teams of young actors handpicked from PACE’s core youth theatre groups, enhancing the production with their boundless energy.

This year’s schedule will also feature the Company’s first relaxed performance; ideal for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including those with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. During the performance the lights in the theatre will be dimmed so that it’s not too dark, there will be a more relaxed approach to noise and movement from the audience, and we will make small changes to the lights and sound (such as taking out strobes lights) so that the performance is more accessible for anyone with sensory sensitivities.

PACE Theatre Company presents

THE SNOW QUEEN

Written and directed by Andy McGregor

Wed 27 November – Tue 31 December 2019 (not Sundays)

 

A family pantomime for all ages!

 

General Booking: 0300 300 1210 | https://www.renfrewshireboxoffice.ticketsolve.com

Group Booking: 0345 130 5218

 

PRICING
Tickets from £10 – £27.50 (booking fee applies)

Group bookings – Buy 15 tickets and get one free.

Schools & Nurseries – Teachers go FREE to any Band A show *Max of 1 teacher for every 10 children

 

CAST

Chris Alexander          Widow Swanky

Duncan Brown            Percy

Sarah McCardie          Multi-role

Shannon Swan           Persephone

Kara Swinney              The Snow Queen

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Andy McGregor          Writer & Director

Alan Orr                      Producer & Musical Director

Pauline Ramsay         Stage Manager & Lyricist

Angela Orr                  Assistant Director

Fraser Lappin              Set & Costume Designer

Emma Armstrong        Lighting Design

Grant Mason               Executive Producer

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Wed 27 Dec: 7pm

Thu 28 Nov: 7pm

Fri 29 Nov: 10am and 7pm

Sat 30 Nov: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 2 Dec: 6pm*

Tue 3 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 4 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Thu 5 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 6 Dec: 10am and 7pm**

Sat 7 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 9 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 10 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Wed 11 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 12 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Fri 13 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Sat 14 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 16 Dec: 1pm and 7pm

Tue 17 Dec: 10am, 2pm and 7pm

Wed 18 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Thu 19 Dec: 10am and 7pm

Fri 20 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 21 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 23 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 24 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Fri 27 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Sat 28 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Mon 30 Dec: 3pm and 7pm

Tue 31 Dec: 11am, 3pm and 7pm

*Relaxed performance

**Gala performance

IMAGE: Mihaela Bodlovic

WHAT’S ON SEPTEMBER: Award-winning Mamoru Iriguchi, is back out on tour with Eaten, a show for 6yrs+ about food, eating and being eaten!

The award-winning performance artist, Mamoru Iriguchi, is back out on tour this autumn with Eaten, a show for children aged 6yrs+ about food, eating and being eaten!
What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel McLion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Eaten invites children to the fascinating world of food chains and digestion. 

Donning a lion costume, Mamoru simultaneously plays the roles of the eater (Lionel the lion who dreams of being a vegetarian) and the eaten (Mamoru the human who loves meat) resulting in a dialogue about food between the predator and his prey, locked in one body. 
 
With a surrealist and humorous storyline, Iriguchi, together with director Ivor MacAskill and co-performer Suzi Cunningham, invite children and grown-ups to the fascinating world around food: eating, being eaten, digesting, defecating and everything in-between and beyond, in nature and on our dining tables. Eaten encourages young audiences and adult audiences to carefully examine what they eat and re-think their relationship with food and nature. 
Paisley Arts Centre
Sun 15 Sep | 2pm | £4
BSL interpreted performance
 
Eastwood Park Theatre (Giffnock)
Wed 18 Sep | 1.30pm | £2
0141 577 4956 | eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk
 
Beacon Arts Centre (Greenock)
Thu 19 Sep | 1.30pm | £5
01475 723 723 | beaconartscentre.co.uk

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: Butterfly Kiss by David Anderson at Paisley Arts Centre

Brand new theatre from veteran actor, playwright and musician, David Anderson.

An old guy visits a seaside museum, where he finds a Punch and Judy stall. He peeks in and finds himself in the year 1960. He’s 15 years old, holidaying on the west coast of Scotland. It’s a world of rock ‘n’ roll, teenagers, consumerism, rampant hormones, love of all things American, and a girl.
Not the girl he’s left behind and whom he’s afraid of losing to an older (17 year old) man. No. An altogether more exotic creature, who introduces him to the butterfly kiss.
Brand new theatre from veteran actor, playwright and musician David Anderson (City Lights, Gregory’s Girl), co-starring Katie Barnett and Jack Mullen.

Date: Sunday 29 March
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm
Cost: £12 (£10 conc) + booking fee*

Suitable for ages 14+

More information: https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/PEO/show.asp

WHAT’S ON APRIL 2015: Little Princess Goldtree

Little Princess Goldtree is a Scottish version of Snow White told with hand carved puppets, striking shadow silhouettes and traditional storytelling.

A wicked stepmother, a beautiful princess and an all-knowing, all-seeing magical trout – just the ingredients needed for a fairytale. This Scottish version of Snow White is told with hand carved puppets, striking shadown silhouettes and traditional storytelling, accompanied by an original soundtrack.

Yugen Puppet Company was established in 1997 by Alison Monaghan to celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage of traditional stories, retelling them using skilful puppetry and magical shadow theatre.

Date: Wednesday 8 April
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 2pm
Cost: £4 + booking fee*

Suitable for ages 4+

WHAT’S ON MARCH 2015: There Were Two Brothers at Paisley Arts Centre

A funny, very personal exploration of fraternal relationships.

Secrets, storytelling and sibling rivalry. There were two brothers is a funny, very personal exploration of fraternal relationships. Inspired by brothers, both real and fictional, this new solo show by Mark Kydd takes the audience on an unexpected journey through his experiences with his brother and the discovery that they share more than a birthday.

There Were Two Brothers

Date: Saturday 14 March
Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 7.30pm
Cost: £10 (£6 conc) + booking fee*

Suitable for ages 16+

More information: https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/PEO/show.asp