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Artistic Activism: Devising Physical Theatre about Environmental Change with Highly Sprung

April 26, 2023

Multi Region Event: Asia & Europe

Booking Closed

Please note that this event is available to book in two regions. For more detailed time zone information, please see the ‘Important information’ section below and select your chosen region when you ‘Book now’.

About the workshop

Artistic Activism: Devising Physical theatre about Environmental Change

Workshop description
Dive into the devising process of Highly Sprung with their Artistic team and gain an insight into the creation of their multi award winning environmental performances ‘Urban Astronaut’ and ‘Castaway’. Discover how Highly Sprung make environmentally charged work; Work inspired by statistics, the climate crisis, and the body. Learn how to devise performances that mean something and drive change

Area of Learning
Exploring the world through theatre

Learning outcomes
Participants will:
– Gain an insight into the physical devising processes of Highly Sprung.
– Learn how Highly Sprung devise movement and choreography that is accessible to all.
– Explore an approach to creating movement from statistics and environmental data.
– Understand, develop, and devise theatre that moves.
– Develop exercises and devising skills to initiate students’ creativity.

Target audience
Educators of MS & HS age range


About your workshop leader

Highly Sprung

Highly Sprung are the UK’s leading physical theatre company making award winning outdoor, and indoor work for and with children and young people. We have been creating spectacle in unusual places for over twenty years; from theatres, libraries and museums to international street arts festivals, a caravan, even the side of a 6-storey building.
Our work is playful, inventive, provocative, and poignant. We utilise engineering to extend the body’s potential for movement and utilise our unique flying machines that make the impossible, possible. Our way of working takes theatre beyond words, telling stories of our histories and our possible futures through movement, gesture, and dance. Stories inspired by humanity, science, and the complex world around us. Stories inspired by young people.
Highly Sprung have been delivering environmentally charged work since 2014, delivering performances and workshops across the UK and internationally. For the past two years they have produced the Changing Climates festival; showcasing 21 original pieces of devised performance, performed by over 800 young people.

Highly Sprung Website:

Important information

Event Manager
Keriann O’Rourke

Workshop timings
Region 1: Asia & Europe
9:00 am – 10:30 am BST [British Summer time]
10:00 am – 11:30 am CEST [Central European Summer Time]
4:00pm – 5:30 pm SST [Singapore Standard Time]

The workshop will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Some familiarity with Google Drive, Google Docs etc. would be helpful, but is not a requirement.

Places are limited to 25 participants per region


ISTA Members: GBP £52 per person
Non members GBP £65 per person

Please note that once booked and invoiced the registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our event terms and conditions.

What to bring

Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Space requirements
If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Asia & Europe

Starts on Wednesday 26 April at 16:00
Finishes on Wednesday 26 April at 17:30
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)


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