PACE Theatre Company has announced the launch of an exciting new company of emerging theatre-makers/artists, supported by Renfrewshire Council’s Culture, Heritage and Events Fund.
Rep Company is designed to bridge the gap between youth theatre and the professional theatre industry and will give young people the opportunity to develop professional theatre in a supported environment within Renfrewshire. PACE has long been recognised for developing up-and-coming artists and boasts an impressive list of alumni who have gone on to work professionally in film, theatre and TV industries.
PACE Theatre is proud to reveal that the inaugural Rep Company will be: Poppy Lironi (24), Carla MacPherson (17), Andrea Cano Molina (24), Allan Othenio (24), Iona Ramsay (21), and Fraser Scott (20). Collectively they represent current, former and non-members of PACE Youth Theatre and each of them have a connection to Renfrewshire, either having lived, worked or studied in the area.
Summer 2019 will see the Rep Company tour two ambitious new devised productions on the theme of mental health – Little Wings and Avalanche – both to be previewed at Paisley Arts Centre before premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Rep Company artists will be mentored every step of the way by a PACE director and guest tutors.
Photo: TOP (Left to Right): Fraser Scott, Andrea Cano Molina, Allan Othenio and Stephanie Pollock. BOTTOM (Left to Right): Poppy Lironi, Iona Ramsay, Carla MacPherson and Jamie McKechniePhoto Credit: PACE
Behind the scenes, Rep Company will also provide an opportunity for an Assistant Director, Stephanie Pollock (29) and Technical Assistant, Jamie McKechnie (20) to work alongside professional theatre technicians in realising both of these shows.
Jenni Mason, Artistic Director of PACE, said: “The calibre of young artists who put themselves forward for Rep Company was outstanding, and I’m genuinely excited by the talented young people we have selected to form the very first PACE Rep Company. These artists already have a range of different experience and each are bringing something completely unique to the process of creating two new shows.
“This will be PACE Theatre Company’s first time performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and we’re really proud to be representing Renfrewshire on an international stage this summer”.
Leader of Renfrewshire Council, Iain Nicolson, said: “The Culture, Heritage and Events Fund has been very successful in creating cultural opportunities for local young people, and I am delighted that we are able to give these young artists, all with a connection to Renfrewshire, the chance to broaden their skills and work with mentors in the professional theatre industry.”
Biographies for the Company can be found at: http://www.pacetheatre.com/meettherep.