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Footlights Nottingham


We are based at Alderman White School, Beeston on Saturdays 9.45am -1pm , your child is welcome for a free trial at anytime, please email nottingham@footlightstheatre.co.uk to register your child or make an enquiry. Your child can experience the highest standard of classes in acting, singing and dance for FREE whilst you relax and have a coffee with us or leave your child with us and come back at 12.55pm to see their progression and talk to us.  Call Sofia 07914 937060 or email nottingham@footlightstheatre.co.uk

Our fantastic sister and brother team is owned and ran by Sofia Ben Achour and Alfie Nathoo. Sofia is a trained actress, Alfie a singer, they both adore performing arts and have worked professionally within the industry. Originally from London they have settled in Nottingham with their families and adore it. After falling in love with the place they decided they wanted to bring performing arts here and the dynamic duo knew just how to do it. They decided to team up with multi award winning Footlights schools and bring it to their favourite place and with its robust systems and high class training, they just knew it would be a hit!


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 Nottingham school, our Head Office is based in Media City just  around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios.  We have been established since 2005 and our founder, trained actor and teacher Jo Fisher, maintains a ‘hands on’ role at our 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 on site at each of our venues. Please feel free to download our safeguarding policy.

We have superb progression rates from 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 – Sofia & Alfie & 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

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

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

Sofia, Alfie & Team


Class Times

9.30am – 11am  3 years –  5 years
9.45am –  1pm   6 years – 18 years

Our 3 years to 6 years are taught acting, singing and dance in bite size manageable chunks with the same teacher.  All classes are taught in age groups, with three different tutors specialising in acting, singing and dance.

Staff Profiles

Cherylanne Beastall

Cherylanne Beastall

Tiny's Teacher and Class

Cherylanne is a trained Musical Theatre performer from the Nottinghamshire area. She attained a BA(Hons) from Nottingham Trent University in 2014 and went on to further train at Expressions Performing Arts Academy. Since graduating she has an agent in London and regularly attends auditions. Her favourite role was ‘Reno Sweeney’ in the musical ‘Anything Goes’During

During the class your child will learn acting, singing and dance in bitesize chunks of 20 minutes to unlock their imaginations, release their voices and learn rhythm, timing and how to use their bodies to explore dance. In a very safe, fun environment we encourage them to talk expressively in a structured, yet exciting forum, They will be encouraged to be have confidence when socialising and in nursery or school, they will be inspired when taking part in discussions, they will be listened to when building skills in decision making, they will 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 headstart on their peers.

Paige Cunningham

Paige Cunningham

Acting Tutor

During Acting your child will learn improvisation, script reading, character analysis, explore new plays, learn about tv and film acting, all within a safe, fun environment. Our aim is to provide the best actor training for your child and they are never too young to start. Acting class creates a place where your child can express themselves freely and we will ensure encourage them to be their best self, drawing on their existing skills and teaching them new ones so they can reach their full potential.

Zoe Newman

Zoe Newman

Singing Tutor

In Singing classes your child will learn how to warm up the vocal chords correctly, as well as the ability to use their bodies to create the best sound for them, they will learn breath control, how to support their voice and how to sustain it. We will ensure this is done in a safe environment where they will learn to relax so the voice can sing. They will learn about harmonies, how to sing as a group as well as solo and in a duet. They will learn about composers from the Musical Theatre genre as well as sing pop songs. In class we will also encourage them to sight read and recognise terminology, we can’ wait to hear them!

Hal Mayor

Hal Mayor

Dance Tutor

Dance has such a feel good factor, from Billy Elliot to Step Up 2! Everyone loves to dance. Your child will learn the techniques of hip hop and commercial dance, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre, we will have them leaping in the air in no time! If your child has never danced before, don’t worry we are very inclusive here at Footlights Nottingham and our first class choreographer will break everything down into bite size chunks so everyone learns at their own pace, whilst our more experienced dancers will be challenged. Dance is for everyone and even if your child wants to be an actor, they need the discipline of dance for posture, movement and flexibility, our guess is they will love it anyway with our engaging teacher.