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Physical Fellowship

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 19-year-olds to immerse themselves completely in physical theatre practice, working with renowned professional artists to make and present original work.

Changing Climates Festival

Tickets available soon for our 2022 edition of the Physical Fellowship

 

Highly Sprung are thrilled to announce that the Changing Climates festival will return this year, once again at our partner the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th June 2022. This year’s festival will be viewing the climate crisis through the lens of ‘voice’, examining the influence and impact of young people’s opinions and how they are heard, or more likely not heard. 

 

Tickets will be available in May 2022  – watch this space. 

Green and blue text reading 'Changing Climates'.

Produce

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.

Participate

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.

Perform

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.

 Changing Climates Festival 2022

Changing Climates Festival 

Tickets available soon for our 2022 edition of the Physical Fellowship

 

Highly Sprung are thrilled to announce that the Changing Climates festival will return this year, once again at our partner the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Tuesday 7th – Friday 10th June 2022.

About the Festival: 

The 2022 Physical Fellowship will be produced by Coventry Young Producers Collective, a  group of students in Years 10 and 11. It will take place at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, with a programme of workshops and performances, focussing in on the theme of the climate crisis. 

It is our ambition to use our art form, physical theatre, to engage, build capacity for action and provide opportunities to develop and galvanise young voices around this pressing issue. This year’s festival will be viewing the climate crisis through the lens of ‘voice’, examining the influence and impact of young people’s opinions and how they are heard, or more likely not heard. 

  • What impact does freedom of speech/expression or the lack of it have in promoting or contributing to climate change?
  • What say do we really have? And who’s listening anyway?

Silence Amplified is this year’s headline performance, devised by Highly Sprung’s acclaimed youth performance group Sprung Advance. The piece examines how we can find expression and develop opinion and language where we are denied a voice. Set in a world where air pollution has gone beyond crisis point and has shifted life into new ways of being… Breathing is now taxed, and words spoken are charged by the second. In this new world, young people are forced underground to find new ways to exist, grow and express themselves.

A large sculpture of a globe, with a pair of hands reaching towards it on a stage. It is made of clear plastic and is lit in blue and green.

Tickets available soon – watch this space. 

 

What People Say

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

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

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!

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