INTERVIEW WITH PERFORMER RAPHAEL PACE

Raphael Pace is a Maltese performer, currently based in London. Just before he turned eighteen he was offered a scholarship at ‘The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts’ in London. This is where he studied and trained full-time, for three years, before graduating in 2016.

Shortly after he graduated he secured his first job in the industry, and flew to the States to begin rehearsing for ‘Mamma Mia!’ the musical. A year later he returned to London, gained a few television credits, then landed his first UK Tour playing one of the lead roles in ‘Saturday Night Fever’ the musical.

Eve: How long have you been staying abroad, and what made you take the decision?

Raphael Pace: I’m nearing my fifth year living abroad now, time flies! I made the decision that I wanted to move abroad at the age of fifteen, and from that moment on, I trained day and night in Malta to secure scholarships at the top colleges in London. In order to enhance and refine my skills, grow and make the right contacts in the industry, I knew that it had to be done in London.

Eve: While in London, you tour quite a lot, with your recent tour around the UK with the musical ‘Saturday Night Fever’ playing the role Bobby C. Let us know more about this adventure.

RP: This is my first UK and Ireland tour, and I can definitely say that it isn’t easy! I get to head back to London most Sundays and Mondays, which are my days off, but for the rest of the week I’m living out of my suitcases, which I get to keep on the tour trucks. Having spent most of my time in London, it was my first time exploring the rest of England, Ireland and Wales, which has been incredible! I’ve seen some amazing places, performed in the country’s largest theatres, and got to work with the most amazing and talented group of people. It’s not an easy lifestyle, but an incredible adventure nonetheless.

Eve: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

RP: I love food and won’t survive without my daily cup of coffee, so probably those two – breakfast and a cup of coffee. Then I hit the gym, and slowly make my way to the theatre.

Eve: Is fashion an important part of your life, and why?

RP: Fashion’s definitely an important part of my life. I think it’s crucial to always look the part, whether I’m heading into work, leaving the stage door or walking into the audition room. We get judged by our appearance daily whether we like it or not, so investing in your own personal style helps!

Eve: How do you balance your performing career with other daily obligations?

RP: I don’t think I have any daily obligations, apart from showing up to work on time and doing my job. However, I did struggle at the start to find time for my personal life. I’d always put it aside and focus solely on my performing career, but I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of it. It took some time, but I realised that I will only perform to the best of my ability once I’ve given myself enough ‘me-time’ – be it food-prepping for the week, going to the gym, catching up with friends and family and so on.