Our successful franchisee Lindsey Berry owns Failsworth. Footlights Failsworth was Footlights first ever Franchise and has grown from strength to strength and continues to grow with three  established Stage schools.Lindsey trained in Performing Arts at The Manchester College with Jo Fisher as her tutor. Lindsey was maintaining a full-time job working with the homeless a job that she had done for 20 years, she was also a single mum bringing up her daughter Ferne. Through this is was clear Lindsey would excel at multitasking thus leading her love of Performing Arts to business. As a huge support to Footlights founder Jo Fisher she learned on the job alongside Jo, and within a couple of years wanted her own franchise. She has since opened three franchisees to huge success and her daughter who is now 24 has two of her own. A true Footlights family business.


Does your child dream of being on the West End stage, on TV or even in a film? Maybe they just love performing, they want to share their passion with like-minded children and young people whilst making new friends, perhaps they want to increase their skills base, learn how to act, sing and dance… then Footlights is certainly the right place for them.

During your child’s time at Footlights, 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. We know you will want to find the right balance between ensuring your child gets a good performing arts education, has fun and keeps up with their academic studies. This is why your child’s skills of 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).

Footlights delivers quality performing arts training and aims to ensure that each child gets the most out of their experience by building upon essential life skills and instilling confidence, whilst having lots of fun and meeting new friends. There is also the option for students to audition for professional work in film, theatre and modelling via our agency, Footlights Personal Management (recent successes include Game of Thrones and CBBC series ‘KATY’

Book a free trial today and come down and see for yourself.

Multi award winning Footlights welcomes you and your child to our FailSworth school. We have been established since 2005 and our founder, trained actor and teacher Jo Fisher., maintains a ‘hands on’ role and leads the team at our Head Office in Media City ‘Footlights House’

We have superb progression rates from our schools, with the majority going to performing arts colleges and drama schools.

You will find us friendly, energetic and an encouraging company for your child to thrive in acting, singing and dance. We have robust processes to keep your child safe, our staff have DBS status and we always have a first aider at each of our venues. Please feel free to read our safeguarding policy.

We have high retention rates with over 85% of children at each of our schools staying with us for over 5 years, we also have superb progression rates form our schools with the majority going to performing arts colleges and drama schools.

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

We welcome you to Footlights and hope your child has a long lasting relationship with us – Lindsey & team


Each summer all our children take part in their summer show; 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 also give written feedback each Easter so you can track your child’s progress. Of course there is an open door policy so anytime you wish to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to talk to us or use this form

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. Post training 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