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The UK’s leading physical
theatre company making
work for and with children
and young people.

What We Do

Our work is playful, inventive, provocative and poignant. We take theatre beyond words, creating award-winning outdoor and indoor performances that tell stories of our histories and our futures primarily through movement, gesture and dance. Stories inspired by humanity, science and the complex world around us. Stories inspired by young people.

“Highly Sprung’s work makes you think; makes you feel; makes you feel alive.”

We put young people at the heart of our work in ways no other company does. We know that every young person, regardless of their starting point, has great potential and is able to use their body as a creative tool. Through a genuinely open creative process, using our own physical theatre techniques, we empower every young person to explore how their body can be used to develop their own unique performing style.

This way of working drives our ideas too. Every piece we make is original and devised by our young people, together with our core team of artists and writers. We might take a theme, story or a text, and give the whole company creative responsibility for where we go with it. This way of working breaks down barriers, gives equal weight to everyone’s unique contribution, and results in extraordinary creativity.

We’re also talent developers, believing passionately that everyone has an innate ability to perform. We have developed the UK’s first Physical Theatre Fellowship programme for emerging artists. We also run weekly performance workshops for children and young people, and countless projects in primary and secondary schools across the UK and internationally.

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Our Impact

audiences saw our work

Our artists had

hours of teaching

hours were spent in rehearsal

We ran

workshops over the year – more than 1 a day!

We held

hours of artist training

new pieces of performance created

We performed 5 indoor touring dates across 4 areas

West Midlands, North East, South East, Lincolnshire

Roots & the Urban Astronaut performed at 16 outdoor dates across 3 countries

England, Spain & Czechia

We built 3 fantastic new structures

Our SBNH climbing frame, a brand new flying machine & our inflatable performance space

All thanks to funding & support from Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, City of Culture 2021, Great Places Project & Road to 2021 fund, #iWill Foundation, Wavendon Foundation, The Lynn Foundation, The Fenton Arts Trust, Thistle Trust, Coventry University & University of Warwick

Our Values

Ambitious

for our audiences and for the young people we work with. We know young people are capable of great things and we can help realise these ambitions.

Curious

about everything. We are continually exploring and discovering stories that deserve to be told. Provoking curiosity in others.

Bold

in challenging expectation and convention, in making work that’s brave and feels right. But we’re never arrogant or aggressive.

Open

in how we work. Making the creative process transparent and accessible to everyone. Opening our minds to new ideas, and our eyes to finding and nurturing new talent.

Inventive

and prepared to push boundaries when we need to. We’re always exploring new ways to create and make work, taking risks along the way. Our imaginations are limitless.

Playful

making it easy to be creative and motivated, breaking down boundaries and enabling the exploration of new ideas. For us, playing is serious.

 

A core aspect of our values is a deep commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and to addressing the Climate & Ecological Emergency. See our current statements on these issues below. 

 

 

 

Our Team

Sarah Worth

Sarah Worth

Sarah leads on the development of all of Highly Sprung's programmes of work and has directed many of Highly Sprung's major productions.

Executive Director

Mark Worth

Mark Worth

A founding member of Highly Sprung, Mark is responsible for creating, delivering and performing as part of Highly Sprung's programme of work.

Artistic Director

Zoe Drinkwater

Zoe Drinkwater

Highly Sprung’s Project Administrator, Zoe is a keen participant in the management and delivery of all our performance and educational programmes of work.

Project Administrator

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson

Emily works for Highly Sprung as a key member of the delivery team, working across both educational and performance projects.

Associate Artist and Schools Development Co-Ordinator

Jade

Jade

As Trainee Associate Artist Jade will have the opportunity to develop her natural abilities for performance and working with children and young people.

Trainee Associate Artist

Cheryl Revill

As Highly Sprung's General Administrator, Cheryl is a key player, ensuring the smooth,  ongoing administration and management of Highly Sprung's programmes.

General Administrator

Hayley Salter

Hayley Salter

Working part-time, Hayley develops and implements creative marketing and communications campaigns for Highly Sprung's performance and education based projects.

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Our Board

Amanda Campbell

Amanda has held a number of senior communications and marketing leadership roles across a variety of sectors, including retail and property, most recently as Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director at intu Properties Plc where she was helped lead cultural and strategic transformation including the creation of the intu brand. Prior to that, Amanda was Head of UK Marketing  at Lend Lease Europe.   She has previously held senior management roles at Adams Childrenswear and ATS Euromaster. Amanda is a founding trustee of Highly Sprung  and Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Tony Carrol

Tony has a career that includes Head of policy and communications at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Business Engagement Manager at the University of Warwick, where Tony’s role included creating business engagements as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. In his career he has experience and has worked closely with businesses, politicians, government officers and interest groups across the West Midlands. Tony is a founding trustee of Highly Sprung.

Chair: Claire Singleton

Claire Singleton is a retired solicitor who specialised in employment law.  She has a long-standing interest in young people and education having been a school governor and more recently a Multi Academy Trust trustee for over 20 years.  Claire is a founding trustee of Highly Sprung.

Jo Trowsdale

Associate Professor, Arts, Creativity and Education in Sociology at the University of Warwick. Jo has extensive experience as a former regional director of a government initiative to enhance the role of the place of the arts and creativity in UK education (Creative Partnerships). She taught drama and English in schools before entering into teacher education. She works directly with schools, teachers, pupils and artists, and is currently researching the role of the arts in STEAM (science, technology, arts, mathematics and engineering) education. Jo is a founding trustee of Highly Sprung.

Trish Willetts

Trish Willetts, BID Director for Coventry BID Limited.  Trish looks after the 700 businesses in the Ring Road, aka The Moat, of Coventry City Centre.  Her job is to act as Account Manager for all of the businesses and organise events to increase the footfall in the city centre.