I believe that theatre is an effective way of exploring major problems like climate change. Seeing the next generation stand for change and actively wanting to protect the future has the power to change the ways of the world, by allowing audiences to pause, watch and listen.
This guest blog is from Eve, a part of the Coventry Young Producers Collective. Eve looks at the climate crisis, how the Changing Climates Festival from Highly Sprung is making a difference, and what simple steps we could all take to work towards change.
Hidden in Plain Sight is set around 1850. It tells the real-life story of Ellen Peace-smith, a daughter of a slave and her slave owner, who fell in love with William Craft, a fellow slave. We want to use this Box Set to encourage pupils to draw parallels to modern day. We want to help put a stop to hate ruining both our lives and the lives others of others.
Lockdown and its negative effects on our young people’s mental health will be felt long after the Covid-19 vaccine is rolled out. The mental ill-health of so many of our young people isn’t a new thing, and it is our job to ensure that every young person is equipped with the right emotional tools to deal with the pressures life will throw them; that is why Fall Out remains relevant.
Stories are unifiers. We hear other’s stories and understand them through connecting them to our own lives - they are the place in which empathy is born. We believe stories are important and as a company, they are at the core of the work we do.
We, at Highly Sprung, believe it is vital that we enable our young people to be vocal and speak about the issues that concern them. For them, as our younger members of society, to be the catalyst for change.
We are delighted to share some fun (and slightly gruesome) stories, created for the 'All the Street's a Stage' by our Artistic Director Mark Worth. Each story is inspired by Shakespearean classics, combining different tales to create something new, with lots of twists!
On the last Saturday of March Coventry City Centre hosted a live screening of HOME, Mark reflects on our experience of creating Home, a vertical dance performance about the incredible city we live in, Coventry.