Do you live in or around Failsworth 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 Failsworth is the right place for them.

Where we are: We’re based at Failsworth High School, Failsworth in Manchester (Map here) – please use the entrance to the school near Failsworth Leisure Centre and you’ll see us in reception. Our classes run on Friday and Saturdays (See Class Times below).

Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please call us on 0161 670 4702 or click the pink box on the right!


Owned by our successful franchisee Lindsey Berry,  Failsworth was our first ever Franchise school. Lindsey has grown the school from strength to strength and now has three established schools in the region.

Lindsey trained in Performing Arts at The Manchester College with Footlights Founder, Jo Fisher as her tutor. At the time, Lindsey was also working full-time the homeless (a job that she had done for 20 years!) and was also a single mum, bringing up her daughter Ferne.

From juggling her career and family, to working hard to achieve her college training, it was clear that Lindsey would succeed to transforming her love of Performing Arts into business. At the start of her Footlights journey, she learned on the job alongside Jo and within a couple of years owned her own Footlights franchise. She has since opened three franchisees and her daughter who is now 24, has two of her own.

A true Footlights family business!

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 the 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 Failsworth, 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 Failsworth and see for yourself.

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


Each summer, all of our children take part in a performance. It’s a full-scale show where parents/carers, family and friends can come and watch their progress.

The Autumn/Winter and Spring term schedules focus much more on skills and technique with a shorter informal presentation at Christmas.

The teaching teams provide written feedback each Easter, so you can track your child’s progress. We also practice an open door policy for anytime that you wish to discuss your child’s progress. You can use  this form to contact us, or speak to us directly.

We hope you enjoyed reading all about us and look forward to greeting you and your child at our school – just sign up here or message us

Class Times

5.30pm – 7.00pm – Tiny’s (3 years – 6 years)
5.00pm – 6.00pm – ?
6.00pm – 7.00pm – 6 Years and Over
8.00pm – 9.00pm – Elite Ballet Training
9.30am – 11.00am – Tiny’s (3 years – 6 years)
9.45am – 1.00pm – Main School
1.45pm – 5.00pm – Main School

Staff Profiles

Ferne Collins

Ferne Collins


Ferne trained at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, founded by Paul McCartney. Since graduating, Ferne has worked as an actor, arts community specialist and teacher. Her Footlight’s schools are always fully subscribed, but do get in touch, as places come up all the time.

Anne Marie Mahoney

Anne Marie Mahoney

Dance Tutor

Your child will learn the techniques of hip, commercial dance, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre, we will have them leaping in the air in no time!  And, even if your child wants to be an actor, they’ll need the discipline of dance for posture, movement and flexibility. If your child has never danced before, don’t worry our first class choreographer will break everything down into bite-size chunks  – so that everyone learns at their own pace, whilst our more experienced dancers will be challenged.