24 Stories of Family Arts

Highly Sprung
Play Day

Best Family Arts Activity Nominee

“Bringing people together [like this] is vital for any community to survive and thrive.” – Participant

Highly Sprung Play Day was one of the UK’s first Play Days, in the community of Radford, Coventry.

The Play Day provided a positive space for families to create, connect, play, and have fun. With interactive art, free food from around the world, walkabout theatre, drama games, crafts and more.

Highly Sprung are the UK’s leading physical theatre company working for and with children and young people. They create award-winning outdoor and indoor performances that tell stories through movement, gesture and dance. Stories that are inspired by humanity, science, and the complex world around us. Every piece they make is original and devised by young people and their core team of artists and writers.

Highly Sprung are known for renowned performances: CastAway and Urban Astronaut, which have toured to over 40 venues and festivals internationally. This sits alongside family theatre such as Grow, Storm, and Up, Up & Away – immersive, family friendly performances designed for early years and primary school aged children.

They run award-winning education projects and resources in primary and secondary schools, and have been recognised nationally for their impact as they use creativity to address key curriculum areas. They run weekly performance workshops for ages 4-19 in Coventry, and produce a range of interactive, family-friendly arts events and offerings.

Highly Sprung lead the Physical Fellowship, the UK’s only physical theatre festival exclusively for young people. The festival provides transformative training and performance opportunities for 400 students each year, empowering them to discover their own voice.

You can discover all 24 Stories of Family Arts here. If you’d like to discover more fantastic organisations that meet our Family Arts Standards or Age-Friendly Standards explore the Fantastic for Families Directory.

Highly Sprung has been shortlisted for the Best Family Arts Activity in the Fantastic for Families Awards 2023

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