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.

What People Say

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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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

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.