A journey of love, loss and self-discovery made specifically for young people

Highly Sprung

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You’re told to work hard, go to school, get your exams, blah, blah, blah. Why bother? You’d rather be in a club, having a laugh. Chilling with your mates. But then there’s your mate Jay, he’s really down. Lost all hope.

What you don’t know is that Jay’s got a plan.

Highly Sprung’s high-energy physical theatre performance takes you inside a nightclub where three teenage friends embark on a journey of love, loss and self-discovery. You will be immersed in a frantic, dynamic production of dance, music, aerial movement and storytelling.

Get ready to go clubbing. You’re in for the night of your life.

Fall Out was written in response to a growing concern that more young people are becoming disempowered, that they no longer have a voice or control over their own futures. Suicide rates amongst young people have risen in recent years and statistics suggest that 33% of young people (aged 16-24) consider taking their own lives.

Highly Sprung co-directors Mark and Sarah Worth say: “Fall Out is about young people searching for their voice through adolescence to adulthood. Focused at a young audience, it looks at issues that aren’t easily discussed at home or at school, and are therefore often swept under the carpet. Fall Out gives the audience a chance to face these issues head on, in a positive way.”

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Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available within Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151. 

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“Thought provoking from start to finish.” - Audience, Fall Out

“Incredible energy, fast, slick and exciting. Engrossed the whole time. Funny moving and shocking!” - Audience, Fall Out, 2013

“All the elements of the company’s work have been of exceptional quality, enthusiastically received by participants schools and audiences.” - Hamish Glen, Artistic Director, The Belgrade Theatre

“Highly original and innovative.” Ed Viney, NT Connections Director

Education Workshops

Since the company’s foundation, Highly Sprung have developed an outstanding reputation for the delivery of excellent education and outreach programmes of work and bespoke workshops.

Through education and outreach workshops connected to Fall Out, it is the aim that young people who may not otherwise have access to the arts receive the opportunity to explore physical performance as creators, audiences and performers.

Fall Out Workshops

The performance of Fall Out is supported by educational workshops, focused on the exploration of mental health and well being in young people. Through physical theatre, debate and investigating the characters from Fall Out, young people in schools and/or community groups are invited to deepen their understanding of the issues affecting the characters from Fall Out.

Workshops would appeal to students both with and without experience or interest in performing arts, and so can be accessed by young people from across the curriculum.

Physical Theatre and Devising Workshops

Each workshop provides participants with a high energy challenging opportunity to engage in the company’s style of physical theatre.

Working through a range of games, exercises and activities participants will learn the techniques and approaches to creating physical theatre using a style of performance that expresses a narrative through movement that speaks and text that moves.

Working with an experienced practitioner, participants will gain the skills needed to create their own devised performances, explore text and understand the key principles behind producing work from scratch. Addressing the key skills required for students to enhance their abilities in movement, directing and critical analysis.

Fall Out Workshops: Duration: 1.5 hrs. 30 young people (max)

Physical Devising workshops: Duration: minimum 2.5hrs. 30 young people (max)

Please contact Highly Sprung to find out more: [email protected]