Scottish actors Brian Ferguson and Scott Reid are getting behind an initiative from local organisation, PACE Youth Theatre, designed to get more young people watching theatre and develop their critical thinking skills.
PACE, which works with over 1,000 young people a week, believes that seeing live, professional theatre is an incredibly important part of a young person’s creative education. The See 3 Challenge invites members to submit reviews for any three theatre productions before the end of June 2019 to receive an exclusive ‘Love Theatre’ t-shirt, along with an entry into a prize draw for a chance to win £100 of theatre gift tokens from Theatre Tokens.
The See 3 Challenge was launched this week with the support of Brian Ferguson, a celebrated Scottish actor who has played roles with The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The Royal Court and The Globe theatre whilst also maintaining strong connections in Scotland at theatres such as National Theatre of Scotland, the Citizens Theatre and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh.
Also getting behind the campaign is former PACE alumni, Scott Reid, who is best known for his role as Methadone Mick in BBC’s Still Game, as well as roles in Line of Duty and the UK tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Reid has recorded a short video in support of the campaign, and in it he said: “I think it’s vital for anyone who is an aspiring actor to get to the theatre as much as possible… it’s probably one of the easiest ways to get better.”
Ex-members of PACE Youth Theatre include singer Paulo Nutini, and actors James McAvoy (X-Men), Richard Madden (Bodyguard, Game of Thrones), Kevin Guthrie (Sunshine on Leith), James McArdle (Mary Queen of Scots), Amy Connachan (Hollyoaks), Keira Lucchesi (River City), Mark Rowley (The Last Kingdom), Leigh Quinn (RSC), Erin Armstrong (Shetland), James Allenby-Kirk (Outlander).
Research has shown that attending theatre performances can improve social bonding, raise aspirations, help children develop emotional intelligence, think imaginatively and give children the skills, curiosity and creativity they need to understand the complex world we live in. There is also evidence that theatre-going is a habit, which if instilled in young people early enough can last a lifetime.
Entries can include reviews for any live performance – from national companies to local amateur dramatics/community performances. PACE regularly arranges theatre trips for members, spanning different genres and age groups, and produces a guide to local and national productions for its members.