I will never use single-use plastics again. Well done for putting art at the heart at the heart of social change.


A desperately beautiful mix of wonder and despair.


It was utterly spellbinding. My son who has profound autism lay on the floor watching and was completely mesmerised, we all were.


By Highly Sprung. Commissioned by the Coventry City of Culture Trust, the Canal and River Trust, The Arches Worcester Festivals at Severn Arts and Basingstoke Festival.


Drowning under a crushing mass of plastic, the Keeper of the Waterways awakens and rises up. It’s time for change.


Highly Sprung’s CastAway is a stunning outdoor performance that explores the impact of today’s throwaway society on our waterways. Featuring a unique gyroscopic flying machine, it presents a brand new approach to aerial theatre. The all female cast immerses audiences in an underwater world where performers dive, twist and float over 26 feet in the air to delight, inspire and captivate audiences of all ages.


CastAway responds to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a floating island of everlasting plastic that has now grown to 6½ times the size of the UK. It presents an alternative, sustainable and more compassionate way of being and challenges us to consider our own actions in the face of climate change.  With the weight of plastic now greater than the weight of humanity, what better time than now to take action?


It draws interest and crowds long before the performance starts. This fantastic new aerial spectacle from Highly Sprung is a visual treat, but has some much deeper messages for its entranced audience.”


West End Best Friend  ★★★★


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2022 Tour Dates: 


Atmosphere Festival Worcester 
Sat 9th & Sun 10th April, 1pm & 3.30pm


Turning the Tide Festival, Coventry
Mon 18th – Fri 22nd April, 12pm & 3.30pm
FREE tickets available here 


Cheltenham Science Festival
Sat 11th June, 11.30am


Holmfirth Arts Festival, Yorkshire
Sun 19th June, 1.45pm & 4.15pm


Festival of the Sea, Grimsby 
Sat 16th July


Art Reach, Leicester 
Sat 13th & Sun 14th August, 12.30pm & 3pm


BD Festival, Bradford
Sat 20th August, 12.15pm & 4.45pm




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