Footlights Stretford

Introduction

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 Urmston school at Flixton Girls School, our Head Office is in Media City we are just around the corner from the main hub of the BBC & ITV studios, where our Urmsotn children do all their shows too.  We have been established since 2005 and Urmston was our very first school, and our founder, trained actor and teacher  Jo Fisher., maintains a ‘hands on’ role at our schools.

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 – Jo & team

Shows

Each summer all our children take part in their summer show; in 2017 they performed ‘Billy Elliot’, in 2018 it is ‘Forever’ which is based loosely on ‘Wicked’ and the ‘Wizard of Oz’. 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

Staff Profiles

Debbie Brannan

Debbie Brannan

Acting Tutor

Debbie trained at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Debbie had been with us for over a year and half and also runs our children and teenage department at our talent agency, she directs some of our professional plays, most recently ‘WI FI’ a play for primary schools on cyberbullying and ‘Invisible’ which portrays real life accounts of Child Sexual Exploitation.

Debbie has played roles in Cilla, Cradle to Grave and Doctors.

Debbie will help to build your child’s confidence, introduce new skills in acting and build on existing ones. She teaches Lamda examinations, improvisation, drama exercises, scriptwork, directing and encourages each child or young person to reach their full potential. She brings her professional experiences as an actress to the rehearsal room and understands the fear that some young actors have. She has a real passion for nurturing young talent, you can be assured Debbie will discuss your child’s progress or talk to you where she feels there is an area to improve on.

Cara Scholes

Cara Scholes

Dance Tutor

Delphine Evans

Singint Tutor & Musical Theatre Director

We are honoured to have Delphine as our Musical Director and singing tutor, she has been with us since September and has proved a real hit. Delphine not only encourages and teaches your child or teenager to sing but also understand how and what they are singing. Her knowledge and talent is unquestionable, somehow she manages to have all this knowledge and is able to translate this to her students and keep them engaged. She has a bubbly personality and a wonderful rapport with her groups. New students are always welcomed with open arms and piano and made to feel part of the group.

Education
2011 – 2014: University of Paris-Sorbonne, France
2007 – 2008: University of Montreal, Canada

Musical Qualifications & Training
COP in Piano Accompaniment, Créteil Conservatoire, France (2012-2014)
Dip. ABRSM in Piano Performance (July 2010)
ABRSM Grade 6 Music Theory: Merit (November 2006)
ABRSM Grade 8 Baritone Horn: Distinction (July 2005)
ABRSM Grade 8 Piano: Merit (March 2005)

Ciara Tunicliffe

Tinys Tutor

Gaynor Smith

Front of House