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.


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.

School bookings open for July 2024

The Physical Fellowship 2024

Mon 1st – Fri 5th July 2024, Belgrade Theatre


The Physical Fellowship 2023 saw a record 11 secondary schools take part in the festival.  School bookings are now open for the Physical Fellowship at the Belgrade Theatre. Open to groups in school years 7-11.  


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