Buddies are asked to dig deep and back Paisley’s theatre group

A little over a year ago, PACE unveiled plans to transform a vacant town centre building into an exciting new community performance space for Paisley.

Now the Paisley theatre company is inviting supporters to add their names to the very fabric of the performance space building, with its Million Pound Wall campaign.

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Supporters are invited to be a part of the creation of Exchange – in the former nightclub Mannequins, in old Sneddon Street – by securing a block on the wall.

It can be for you, a loved one or a business.

The wall will form a prominent part of the building once it is complete, and until then will be created digitally.

You can secure your block immediately online in return for donations starting from £50.

There are a range of other options, including opportunities for blocks with space for a business logo or a link to your website.

Exchange will be a new community theatre space dedicated to producing, receiving and promoting access to theatre productions for young people and families, as well as involving young people aged up to 25 in performance and creative learning activities in a professional environment.

The venue will consist of a mid-scale theatre, a flexible studio theatre and creative learning space and a community creative play and workshop space.

Those spaces will be complemented by a family friendly café bar with informal performance area and exhibition space.

Building Blocks: You can contribute to the Million Pound Wall campaign

The space will be fully accessible, environmentally sustainable, autism friendly, and co-designed and developed at every stage with a group of young creators.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on progress but despite that, work on the building started back in November.

Phase 1 is almost complete thanks to support from initial funders, including Renfrewshire Council, and donations to the Million Pound Wall will ensure the completion of the next phase and allow the building to open.

Actor and former PACE member James McCardle, star of stage hits such as Peter Gynt and Angels in America, was named as PACE’S first-ever patron last year.

Jenni Mason, artistic director of PACE, said: “We believe this project could be really transformative for young people and for the cultural regeneration of Paisley and Renfrewshire, as well as being a theatre of national significance.

“It’s a truly magical space with endless possibilities of improving and enriching young lives through the arts.

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“Creative spaces will help us rebuild and recover and these spaces will take on even more significance in the years ahead, but we need the support of individuals and businesses – either directly or by helping us to spread the word – to help us get there.”

More information about the plans for Exchange and ways to help can be found at www.pacetheatre.com/exchange

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Daily Record – Paisley