What Do We Do?
Multi Award Winning Company Footlights (established 2005) offers professional plays to schools, colleges, institutes and businesses. We believe in quality in education above all else. We take our work very seriously and use drama vehicle for social change, as well as to enhance the school curriculum. We also help professionals and business who work with vulnerable groups, families and the general public an accessible platform in which they can see real life cases on stage and how this may have affected a person or their family and community.
Our biggest achievement thus far (although we are very extremely proud and fortunate to have performed to 1000’s of children, young people and professionals) is the rehabilitation of a young offender. It started in 2013 when Jo Fisher our Managing Director, sought to find a balanced story about the Riots of 2011. The writer Sarah McDonald Hughes had requested the story of a young man, Zac Challinor, who was at the time serving time in a Liverpool Prison for a string of petty crimes, but notoriously for setting fire to the BBC car in the Salford Riots. Fisher declared she would find him, whatever it would take to do so. It took months of searching and befriending on Social Media, eventually she tracked down his mother. Following on from that Jo went to visit Zac and he told her his story. She also interviewed the police, local businesses, school children, social workers, youth workers and the general public. The research was crafted together by McDonald Hughes and the sell-out verbatim play The Queen is Dead was performed at The Lowry. Fisher had long before decided to invite decision makers to the show and because of this single idea, on his release Zac Challinor with the help of Fisher, Martin Hall, Vice Chancellor Salford University and Jenny Langley Albion Academy Head Teacher, Zac walked into a job as a teaching assistant. A huge risk for everyone concerned including Zac. Two and a half years on Zac has been at The House of Commons, he has won Student of The Year, National Student of The Year Adult Learner of The Year and the list goes on. He is thriving in his job – and all because of a little bit of drama.
Our plays are written by our team of professionals and directed by Alan Pattison, RADA trained and Head of Acting Liverpool Theatre School. Our plays are very real, we write and perform so the audience gets lost in the story and believes the characters onstage. The feedback has been phenomenal. See our testimonials to read more.
For schools we offer interactive plays too, however the stories be it World War One, Child Sexual Exploitation or Cyberbullying they are rooted in truth, and will have your pupils hanging on the edge of their seat. Of course, we also offer plays that entertain too such as Alice In Wonderland, Shakespeare, Aladdin, Cinderella and other stories.
We also offer after school clubs and curricular based activities in school including the Arts Award. We have high recommendations, from the NHS, child services and GMP for the work we do in schools and the community, and critical acclaim for our theatre performances. Our Managing Director is a trained teacher and actor and every member of our team is trained to a minimum degree standard. All of them hold current DBS status.
I have known Jo for over 10 years and during that time have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the excellent work she and her team are doing at Footlights. Footlights offers opportunity to children to experience the arts in a safe, creative and friendly environment and equips them with many of the necessary tools they need in other areas of their lives. Jo is absolutely committed to creating high quality creative learning opportunities for children and young people through the arts and the results she produced are consistently impressive.Baroness Hughes
What Makes Us Unique?
We have a dedicated full time Education Manager and Ambassador who is a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) trained specialist with more than ten years experience working in this sector. Footlights provides specific packages tailored to your schools needs at ZERO COST to your school, alongside the performance. This means you can claim up to three hours of teaching and learning with any Keystage or/and Parent Awareness Sessions, staff training and beyond for the cost of one performance.
We offer quality teaching and learning and feel that combining the performance with children discussing in classroom based activities issues raised in the performance, a classroom setting enhances their overall learning experience.
Alternatively, we can offer parent/guardian training, staff training, or work specifically with any year group you require.
For a list of our current work see here: