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Enabling better
futures for children
and young people
through unforgettable
physical theatre.

What We Do

Highly Sprung create inspiring performances and experiences using physical theatre.

We tell compelling and relevant stories using physical theatre where text moves and movement speaks. Our work with and for children and young people produces bold, spectacular performances and unforgettable experiences, in unexpected ways, spaces, and places to inspire change.

Every year Highly Sprung transform the lives of thousands of children and young people. We deliver workshops to more than 5000 children and young people and reach an audience of nearly 40,000 with our touring performances across the UK and the world.

Our work inspires children and young people to discover their talents and grow their voice, laying the foundations for better futures through powerful physical theatre.

“Highly Sprung has made the arts accessible to my family. They bring learning to life, and have enabled my children to gain a deep level of understanding about themselves and the world through the process of storytelling, movement, expression, and performance. 

Highly Sprung is a place where my children have felt a great sense of belonging, free to express themselves. When you talk about inclusion, Highly Sprung live and breathe this. When you talk about community, Highly Sprung brings everybody together.” 

“Our work exists to empower, amplify and elevate children and voung people’s voices using the Highly Sprung method and approach to physical theatre, with this strategy we want to ensure we are constructing respected platforms for people to trulv hear them.”

Sarah Worth, Co-Founder and Executive Director 

 

 

“Our work is changing how people view work produced with and for children and young people. It’s about giving young people the chance to develop their voice through physical theatre, and then making sure there’s a place for them to be heard and seen in a way which is respected and valued as part of today’s arts ecology.”

Mark Worth, Co-Founder and Artistic Director  

Our Methodology

Children and Young People are central to Highly Sprung’s Methodology. We exist to make work with and for them, creating exciting and bespoke participatory experiences and performances for them to engage as audiences, participants, performers, and creators. 

 

Highly Sprung’s work creates community, encourages learning and understanding through doing, and creates safe spaces where children and young people feel seen and celebrated. Our approach relies on the use of physical engagement that goes beyond spoken language. Spoken text is limited, to enable the body to tell the story and our audience’s to listen. 

Key to our work is telling stories. We know that stories can change the world, and we use stories to evoke change. To demonstrate the power of the human spirit. We inspire young people to learn through fun, motivation and engagement which feels important and relevant – especially as it is inspired and often designed by them. Spoken text is limited, to enable the body to tell the story and our audience’s to listen. 

We celebrate and make space for the physicality of each person, knowing they bring with them their own thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. We are not afraid to work with young people to explore important questions. Working together to make the complicated accessible, through story-telling and movement. 

 

Physical Theatre is vital for young people to make sense of the world and the complex situations they find themselves living through. We are committed to establishing routes for young people to experience and participate in the arts. This happens in a way which amplifies their agency, which improves and transform their lives.

Our Values

Playful

We are serious about play. We know that learning happens through play and that play provides the possibility of new ideas. We ensure our way of working creates safe spaces to imagine, explore, and discover. 

Welcoming

To us inclusivity means we see the individual in everything we do. We are always open to new ideas and new ways. Our way of working is accessible, meeting you where you are. We care. 

Pioneering

We disrupt the everyday to facilitate and provoke positive change. We embrace challenging questions and problems. We know that sometimes it won’t work but that its still worth the effort. How children and young people are affected by the world’s biggest issues drives us to know more, to find different and new perspectives. We seek out potential and invest in its growth. 

Bold

We are always ambitious about what can be achieved with and for children and young people. Our work extends beyond perceived limitations, implementing new approaches and challenging convention. We see the power of children and young people and this inspires us and motivates us to work with them to harness it. We bring about positive change that can be big or small but is always lasting. 

 

 

Our Youth Advisory Board

 

Our Youth Advisory Board is a brilliant group of young people aged 14-25. We meet with the Youth Advisory Board 4 times a year, to hear their opinions, insights and expertise, and to help shape our work. Young people’s voice is crucial to our work, and so having that right at the centre is essential.

 

Youth Advisory Board 2023 – 2024

Kian Brown

Lottie Isted

Nell Nisbet

Lucy Stephens

Sam Stacey

Wan Yu Chan

Poppy Neelands

What does the Youth Advisory Board mean to you? 

 

“I found myself being able to speak in meetings. The leaders make it
that type of room every time.” 

SEBBIE, Former Chair of the YAB 

 

“You’re not just told ‘you’re just a teenager, it doesn’t matter’.”

LUCY, Former YAB Member 

 

“Being able to make decisions, then seeing them being actioned and
having an impact.”

PAUL, Former YAB Member 

 

“Seeing Highly Sprung’s work from a different perspective what it entails, taking you behind the scenes of all the work that goes on.”

NELL, YAB Member 

Our Team

Sarah Worth

Sarah Worth

As Highly Sprung’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sarah spearheads both the strategic and artistic elements of the charity’s work.

Executive Director

Mark Worth

Mark Worth

As Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Highly Sprung, Mark Worth is an experienced director, physical theatre practitioner, performer and writer.

Artistic Director

Zoe Drinkwater

Zoe Drinkwater

Highly Sprung’s Governance & Charity Administrator, Zoe ensures high standards of governance and charity operation are maintained by the Charity.

Governance & Charity 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

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 Coordinator

Cheryl Revill

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

Our Board

Amanda Campbell, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Highly Sprung Performance

Chair: Amanda Campbell

 

Amanda runs her own business as an executive coach, communications and sustainability advisor. An experienced business leader, she has spent over 25 years in corporate affairs, sustainability and marketing and has deep expertise in driving transformational change and influencing a more sustainable approach to business. Early career in consumer marketing before corporate affairs and sustainability roles in listed real estate companies most recently as Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director. Amanda is a founding trustee of Highly Sprung.

Highly Sprung Board of Trustees - Dav Kaur

Dav Kaur 

 

Dav is a Coventry based activist, passionate about social causes relating to young people & women, especially South Asian women. Professionally, she has carved a career as a mentor, business consultant , web designer and in social media management. She is also a creative writer and poet. As a South Asian Ambassador for Artspace, she is looking to work more closely with the arts sector and to support South Asian artists. Dav is keen to share her expertise in organising events such as TEDXCoventry and International Womens Day and to give local artists an opportunity to take part in these events.

 

Highly Sprung Board of Trustees - Claire Singleton

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.

 

Ros Adams, Highly Sprung board

Ros Adams 

 

Ros is currently the Director of Funding and Partnerships for Geese Theatre Company, after finding her niche in arts fundraising back in 2008. Passionate about co-creation and the power of the arts to change lives, Ros is also the proud mum of a Sprungster.

 

 

Emma Gibbons

 

Emma is an arts project manager who has worked in Dance and Theatre for over 15 years leading engagement programmes with schools and communities. Currently Placemaking Projects Manager for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Emma has a proven track record of leading complex, multi-stakeholder cultural projects with a current focus on developing place-based infrastructure to enable better access to cultural experiences for all. Emma has spent 3 years as a school governor and is driven by developing systems and solutions that create positive change.

 

 

Highly Sprung Board of Trustees - Jo Trowsdale

Jo Trowsdale

 

An associate Professor in Education at the University of Suffolk, Jo is an educator and researcher. Her particular focus is on the culture of art-making, as emotive, physical and cognitive practices. She has extensive experience as a former regional director of a government initiative to enhance the role of the arts and creativity in UK education (Creative Partnerships). A former drama and English teacher and teacher educator, Jo’s practice still involves working directly with schools, teachers, pupils and artists. Her current research includes interest in the role of the arts in STEAM (science, technology, arts, mathematics and engineering) education. Jo is a founding trustee of Highly Sprung.

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Highly Sprung Performance is a registered charity
Registered Charity number: 1178239

Registered office: Highly Sprung Performance, Daimler Powerhouse, Sandy Lane Business Park, Sandy Lane, Coventry, CV1 4DQ

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