Do you live in or around Bolton and does your child…

  • Love performing & dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or in film?
  • Want to learn how to act, sing and dance?
  • Want to meet & make friends with children who share their interests?

Does this sound like your child? Then Footlights Bolton is the right place for them.

Where we are: We’re based at St John’s School in Bolton (Map here) on Saturdays (See ‘Class Times’ below for specific timings).

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email or call us on 07773183999.


We’ve been in Bolton since 2010 and the Footlights Head Office is based at Media City in Manchester, just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios.  We were established in 2005 by our founder Jo Fisher, a trained actor and teacher, and who continues to have a hands-on role across our stage schools. Read more about Footlights and our history here.

We have robust processes to keep your child safe; all of our staff have DBS status and a trained first aider is always on site at each of our venues. You can read and download our safeguarding policy here.

What to expect


During your child’s time at Footlights Bolton, our tutors will mentor them to help them realise their dreams of becoming a performer, by sharing their professional experiences, as well as facilitating and teaching performance techniques.

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and our aim is to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building their essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. In addition to core performing arts skills, they will,

    • Have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school
    • Be encouraged to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum
    • Be inspired when taking part in discussions
    • Be listened to when building skills in decision making
    • Always be working as part of a team

Their learning will give them the basics and arguably the most important components of the performing arts.

The younger the child is when they take up an activity or interest the better, as in the right environment and with the right teacher they underpin the foundation to their learning and will already have a head-start on their peers.

You will find the Footlights approach friendly and energetic. We pride ourselves on inclusivity and being an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority of our young students going onto performing arts colleges and drama schools.

We know you want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and at the same time keeps up with their important mainstream education. We understand this, so this is why our method to developing your child’s Acting, Singing and Dancing will complement their academic studies. Plus, at Footlights, your child will benefit from the opportunity to take internationally recognised examinations through LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (our recent successes include Game of Thrones and the CBBC series ‘KATY’).

Book a free trial today at Footlights Bolton and see for yourself.

Want to know more? Why not take a look at our FAQ’s

Class Times

10am -11.30am
3 years -6 years
9.45am – 1.00pm
7 years – 18 years


Our 3 to 6 years are taught acting, singing and dance in bite-size manageable chunks, all with the same teacher.

For 7 years up, all classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance each.

Staff Profiles

Lisa Donnelly

Lisa Donnelly


Lisa joined Footlights in 2010, after her daughter attended one of the schools. She was so impressed by the classes, the quality of the organisation and it’s dedicated staff – that she knew instinctively that Bolton and Salford needed a Footlights!

Dawn Wright

Dawn Wright

Acting Tutor

For the last 20 years performing arts has been a huge part of Dawn’s life; for 19 years, both on stage as a performer and off as a teacher. Dawn has a BA Honours degree in Drama, Physical Theatre and Dance and a PGCE.

In her drama lessons Dawn teaches the rules of performing, improvisation, script work, devised pieces, monologues, duologues, comedy, emotional memory, visual arts, realism and surrealism.  Dawn takes every child’s needs into consideration, making sure they get the best out of their drama experience. Dawn will help your child to build their confidence and learn how to become a versitile performer. 

Jessica Hope

Jessica Hope

Singing Tutor

Jessica graduated from Royal Northern College for Music with first class honours and has studied with Ian Kennedy at the Guildhall. Before attending the RNCM, Jessica trained as a dancer at Arts Educational Schools, London, where she completed a Foundation year in Musical Theatre. There, she developed the core disciplines of ballet and jazz dancing, improvisation, in addition to voice and speech. Jessica came second in the Essex Young Musician of the Year. She has participated in masterclasses with distinguished singers and has a real passion for teaching children, bringing enthusiasm and talent whilst ensuring that singing is an enjoyable experience.

Harriet Whittaker

Harriet Whittaker

Dance Tutor

Harriet’s passion for dance started when she was ten years old when she used to teach herself Street Dance from watching influential performers on the TV and online. She then began attending regular classes at her local dance school when she was 12. Here she developed her skill and trained in Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Street and Drama.  She continued to study Dance throughout her formal education, finally graduating from Edge Hill University in 2017 with a First Class BA Hons in Dance and Drama.

Her disciplines include Hip Hop, Commercial, Heels, Contemporary, Jazz, Basic Ballet, Lyrical and Limbering. She is passionate about choreography and is eager to pass on her expertise to the next generation of dance talent.

Paige O’Grady

Paige O’Grady

Tiny's Tutor

Paige has a BA Hons in English, Drama and Performance studies from the University of Salford and from an early age has been involved, studied and performed in many plays, from classic to modern and contemporary.

She is professional, enthusiastic and her dedication and love for the arts shows through her teaching techniques. She believes that learning the arts plays a vital role in growing up, encouraging confidence, performance and personality.