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 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.

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

9.30am – 11.00am
4 years – 6 years
9.45am – 1.00pm
7 years – 18 years

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.

Staff Profiles

Jenni Scott

Jenni Scott

Choreographer & Dance Tutor

Jenni, from London teaches ballet, contemporary, street dance, commercial, cheerleading, jazz and musical theatre! She has the passion and drive to take your child from a beginner to a real dancer, with confidence!


Duane Williams

Duane Williams

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!

Lauren Sturgess

Lauren Sturgess

Singing Tutor

Lauren trained at Alra North and is a professional actor – she’s also a local lass!

Duane Williams

Duane Williams

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.