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Footlights is a multi-award winning theatre company, established in Manchester in 2005. We use drama vehicle for social change by delivering our issue-based professional plays and related workshops to schools, colleges, institutes and businesses. We believe in quality education to help enhance the school curriculum and local services.



Current Productions Available (2019)

Primary Schools – Teachers – Are you worried about your pupils’ online habits, do you want to change how they use the internet and why? Perhaps your worried about whatsapp groups which can cause bullying?  Please call 0161 637 5858 and speak to Jayne or email her on to discuss your school needs.

February 2019  ‘Wi Fi’  – A play tackling cyber-bullying, abduction and friendships
April 2019  ‘WW1’ Centenary performance (to be confirmed)
December 2019 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

High Schools – TEACHERS let us help you with important ‘grey area issues’ let us be the barrier to deliver your Child Sexual Exploitation workshops, and awareness performances and open up discussion on awkward topics.

January – March 2019  ‘Five’ – a performance with a focus on hate crime and it’s many guises
June – July 2019   ‘Invisible’ – exploring Child Sexual Exploitation
Autumn 2018 – for the first time we bring you ‘MACBETH’ and ‘AN INSPECTOR CALLS’  please email for more details.

Past Productions Available (2018)

For Primary Schools (KS2)

June 2018  ‘Wi Fi’  – A play tackling cyber-bullying, abduction and friendships
Oct – Nov 2018  ‘WW1’ Centenary performance (to be confirmed)
December 2018  Jack and The Beanstalk

We can also provide workshops relating to eSafety, online safety and sexting available all year round with our CEOP/CSE/E-safety specialist team.

For High Schools (KS3, 4, 5, 6 & Professionals)

Oct – Nov 2018   ‘Invisible’ – exploring Child Sexual Exploitation
July & October 2018  ‘five’ – a performance with a focus on hate crime and it’s many guises

We can also do workshops relating to upskirting, sexting and consent

For all key stages

March 2019  ‘World Book Day’ 

Contact Us

For all educational or outreach enquiries please contact or or give us acall 0161 637 5858

How We Do It

Footlights is a multi-award winning theatre company, established in Manchester in 2005. We use drama vehicle for social change by delivering our issue-based professional plays and related workshops to schools, colleges, institutes and businesses. We believe in quality education to help enhance the school curriculum and local services.

We also help professionals and business who work with vulnerable groups, families and the general public, so they too can learn about the important themes that we explore.

The Plays

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; our writing and performance style is incredibly engaging, enabling our audiences to get ‘lost in the story’ and really relate to our onstage characters; who are often casted from our students or alumni for true peer to peer learning.

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 believe that the learning should not stop at the performance. To enhance our impact and with a focus on prevention, we provide accompanying workshops for your young people, their parents and teacher to explore the themes from the plays and signpost support through our partner networks.

We also offer after school clubs and curricular based activities in school including the Arts Award.

Why choose us?

Our approach is 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.
  • Our Managing Director is a trained teacher and all delivery staff are DBS screened.
  • We provide workshop packages tailored to your schools needs at ZERO COST, alongside the performance. This means you can claim up to three hours of teaching and learning with any Key Stage or/and Parent Awareness Sessions, staff training and beyond for the cost of just one performance.
  • By combining the performance with classroom-based discussion activities on the issues raised in the performance, enhances their overall learning experience.
  • We can offer parent/guardian training, staff training, or work specifically with any year group you require.
Further links is a directory of school activity workshops. Browse our large range of workshop providers for Primary and Secondary Schools.

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

House of Lords (Former Minister For Children)

Success Stories

The feedback from our performances has been phenomenal. We have top-level recommendations, such as the NHS, children’s services and Greater Manchester Police, for the work we do in schools and the community.

See our Testimonials for a selection of these.

Our biggest achievement to date (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 youth riots of 2011 for a play that we we produced about the disturbances called ‘The Queen Is Dead’.

The writer of the play, Sarah McDonald Hughes, 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 was notoriously known for setting fire to a BBC broadcast vehicle in Salford, during those 2011 youth riots.

Jo was determined to find and speak to Zac. After months of research she finally tracked down his mother, who helped to set up a meeting for Jo to visit Zac in prison – 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 Sarah into the resulting play ‘The Queen is Dead’. It was a huge hit, selling out the prestigious Lowry Theatre in Salford. Jo invited local, key decision-makers to the performances including Martin Hall, the then VC of Salford University and Jenny Langley, the headteacher of Albion Academy, a local school. As a result of the unforgettable performance and the impact of Zac’s story, both Martin and Jenny pledged to support Zac into meaningful employment when he was released from prison.

Two years later, Zac is a teaching assistant, has been a guest at the House of Commons and won multiple awards including Student of The Year, National Student of The Year and Adult Learner of The Year.

He continues to thrive, and all because of a little bit of drama!

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Who to contact

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Jayne Doherty
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School and Professionals liason manager
07494 558663 - 0161 637 5858
Footlights theatre

Where to go

Footlights House
Kansas Avenue
Media City
M50 2GL

 We tour the productions to your School or community venue.

When is it on?

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The office can be contacted 7 days a week if no response please leave a message. Alternatively ring the mobile numbers provided.
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Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Inclusion Information

Cater for special dietary requirements
Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Down's Syndrome
Visual impairment
Multi-Sensory Impairment
Hearing impairment
Cerebral Palsy
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty
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Able to accommodate other cultures/ethnicities
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Table of costs
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£475.00 + VAT for productions. Per session
The productions generally last for 60 mins with a 30 mins question and answers session. This can be done for up to 300 people at a time.
Referral required
Age Range
3 years to 25 years
  • Schools
  • Extended Services school

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