I recently worked with an artist who was surprised at my enjoyment of working on a Saturday morning…
Saturday morning Sprungsters are an absolute joy to work with and I have often been heard complaining about how much I miss working with them during the holidays. Whether it’s exploring a distant jungle, jumping into books and sharing the authors words with a group or travelling back in time to discover a long-forgotten spell, the young performers never fail to bring a smile to my face and set up my weekend.
Previous members have gone onto bigger and better things, be it in the arts or elsewhere. Believe it or not, previous Saturday performers are now Doctors, teachers, lawyers, counsellors, business managers, pilots and we even have a couple of (dare I say it) performers… but the less said about them the better!
Our workshops, unlike others, were not created to churn out performers or artists but instead were set up to help children and young people find their own creativity and give them the tools to utilize it in their lives. We’re proud to say that through our workshops we help children and young people find their own voice and give them the confidence to use it.
So how do we do it?
Well this weekend is a perfect example as we prepare to stage Sprungsters very own version of The Twits- Roald Dahl’s classic story of a married couple who hate each other and the world around them. However, Sprungsters version, as you’d expect, doesn’t follow the original novel’s journey. Instead of two twits we have a family of them, the mugglewhumps aren’t just consigned to the cage and house in our version; we get to see what they do best, as circus performers and the Roly Poly bird has seemed to find a flock of fellows to sort those retched Twits out!
So, why mess with one of the great books from a legendary children’s author? Many will ask and the simple answer is, because Sprungsters isn’tabout a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ it’s not even about ‘I’ or even ‘me’. Sprungsters is all about ‘Us’, ‘We’ and ‘Them’ a simple difference but one that says so much more to our young people, as each and every one of them is important and has their own vital role to play. All four of our Saturday groups create their own work, devised from exercises delivered by their lead artist. All of the material made uses the ensemble, meaning that all the young performers are on the stage at the same time, creating environments, locations and sometimes even emotions; they perform together, learn together and, more importantly, succeed together. It’s a tried and tested formula that we at Highly Sprung are very proud of.
So, I’ll leave that artist wasting her time on that couch and I’ll join in with the Sprungsters ANYTIME!
We’ll be sure to keep you posted with updates from the show as we rehearse and perform this Saturday!