Physical Fellowship

The Physical Fellowship is going online. 

Unlocked is a project for you to get involved in and be part of this year’s festival. 

Following the outbreak of the Corona-virus, Highly Sprung was forced to cancel this year’s Physical Fellowship, but rather than cancel the event entirely we’ve decided to take it online. 

Unlocked is a week-long celebration of the creativity of young people during lock down, a challenge for you to unlock your imagination, free your mind and unleash your talent. 

Get Involved

We are asking you to get involved by making a creative response on the theme of ‘Unlocked’.

Every day during the week of June 29th – July 3rd we will be sharing your work alongside throwbacks to performances from past years and work by other young people across all our social media.

Make a creative response a 30 second – 1 minute video or sound recording.

Step One: Respond to the theme Unlocked. Use the Inspiration Bank to select a story, inspirational quote, famous person’s life story or even a piece of art work to inspire your response.

Step Two: Create your response. Use a video tutorial to give you some ideas about how you might create your response.

Step Three: Share your response.

For more information download the information pack or get started using one of the videos below.


The Physical Fellowship

The UK’s only physical performance festival exclusively for young people.

Highly Sprung’s Physical Fellowship was established over ten years ago to give young people the opportunity to explore their understanding and experience of physical theatre.

To this day, it remains a unique and exciting opportunity for 11 to 24-year-olds to immerse themselves completely in physical theatre practice, working with renowned professional artists to make and present original work.


Highly Sprung artists hold two whole-day workshops with participating schools and youth groups to teach physical theatre skills. Students are inspired to use physical techniques to then create their own piece of original physical theatre.


Students then attend a day of workshops, seminars and masterclasses delivered by visiting professional companies, including Frantic Assembly and Complicité. Here they further develop and explore new skills with leading professionals.


Students are then given a professional platform to present their work in a festival showcase, supported by a headline performance from Highly Sprung’s own youth theatre company, Sprungsters.
“A wonderful combination of fun and hard work and a great opportunity to take part in an intensive devising process.”

What People Say

Great experience and a lovely thing to be a part of, learnt lots

Very fun, energetic and teaches you skills you can’t learn anywhere else. Thanks Highly Sprung and everyone who made the Physical Fellowship great

Once again the Physical Fellowship shows that Highly Sprung and all the young people involved can transcend ‘youth theatre’ and bring to the professionals a run for their money!