What Is Footlights ?
Footlight Youth Theatre is a non-profit making organisation (with registered charity status) operating in Hartlepool. The group provides opportunity for young people aged between 4-19 years to participate in all forms of performing arts.

What Makes Footlights Different From Commercial Dance And Theatre Schools?

2 Productions per year


Annual Awards Evening to recognise efforts and ability of children


Makes opportunities open to all children, regardless of ability, gender, religion or wealth.

Interview or ‘vet’ children as to their suitability for the group.

Places emphasis on enjoying performing arts and making sessions fun

Force children to do anything that they don’t want to

Organises social evenings and activities for members and parents


How Is Footlights Funded?

The organisation costs approximately £20,000 per annum to run. The group is entirely ran on membership subscriptions and fundraising at social events

The ticket sales from our productions and events are a further source of income. However, after paying for outside hall hire and staff, this tends to be less than £500 per production.

Due to the shortfall every year, we are therefore forced to charge a small membership subscription to ensure our long term operation.

How Is Footlights Ran?
Footlights is managed by a team of 10 people who represent the Board of Directors. All of which are voluntary. The organisation is ran on a day to day basis by a team of 12 staff, again all of which are volunteers.

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