Do you live in or around Wigan 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 Wigan is the right place for them.
Where we are: We’re based at the Hawkley Hall High School, Carr Lane, WN3 5NY (Map here) on Saturdays (for times, see ‘Class Times’ below)
Your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07956 423 895.
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 Wigan, 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 Wigan 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.
Our 3 to 6 year olds are taught acting, singing and dance in bite-size manageable chunks, all with the same teacher.
From 7 years and up, all classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors each specialising in acting, singing and dance.
Front of House
Duane is your go to person at Wigan for any questions you may have. He ensures that your child is safe and the environment that they learn in, is fun and inspiring. Duane will be on call throughout your child’s time with us.
Duane has been with us for a number of years and is very experienced as he is also a full time teacher.
Duane is a trained actor too, so he is super creative and encourages your child to express themselves in a creative, stimulating environment.
Acting and Tiny's Tutor
Duane, a graduate of the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, is energetic, enthusiastic and most importantly, approachable. He’s keen to let the children and young people have their own voice in his drama work. He teaches improvisation, script, screen and acting techniques. Duane works hard to ensure that your child maximises their potential in speech and drama, in addition to their social and communication skills.
Duane is also our energetic Tiny’s teacher, his engaging style is a great introduction to performing arts for this lovely group, who work in bite size chunks of acting, singing and dance!
Harriet is a trained actor and singer, she trained right here in Wigan at the prestigious ALRA
Harriet loves singing, she is very encouraging with the children and teaches musical theatre, pop and classics, she really knows how to maximise each individual child’s potential and does this in a supportive way.
Here’s what Harriet has to say “My aim in Footlights Wigan is to lift the confidence of our amazing members and get them to a position of performance with their singing voices. I want our kids at Footlights to use the techniques they learn in singing, such as pitch work, projection and harmonising and take them into the shows that we do and any show they are involved in!”
Choreographer & Dance Tutor
Alex has now joined Footlights Wigan and hopes to inspire and pass on her knowledge to the future dance generation!
Alex Barber was born in Halifax and grew up in Portugal where she first started her Ballet and Contemporary Dance training at the age of 7. From the age of 15 she moved to the U.K. to audition for Dance schools. She shortly after was accepted onto the Northern School of Contemporary Dance Leeds Foundation course as youngest student and then continued onto the BPA HONS Degree Course. After receiving her degree in dance she found she had a flare for choreography and decided to go back to her home town in Portugal to develop her teaching and choreographic skills.
Between the years of 2014-2018 Alex has done many dance contracts including Casino Show Productions on the Algarve and also toured the island of Kos in Greece where she performed in West End, Around the World and Crazy Cabaret themed shows. It was here where she gained lots of experience in various styles of dance including Jazz, Belly Dance, Bollywood, Lyrical, Modern, Irish and Latin.