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Review: Highly Sprung: Sprung Youth, Coventry

Have an aspiring thespian in the family? We might have just the place. Muddy Warwickshire's Georgina took her Mudlet to check out this physical theatre company.

THE LOWDOWN

You may have already heard of top physical theatre company Highly Sprung – but for littler ones needing a creative outlet meet Highly Sprung: Sprung Youth for 4 to 19-year-olds. They hold weekly sessions at Daimler Powerhouse in Cov, designed to instil a love of theatre, dance – or both. Classes are split into age-appropriate groups so littles aren’t intimidated and older kids can really flex their acting muscles.

THE VIBE

Sessions are held in a huge, airy building and there’s a real buzz about the place as soon as you step through the door. Me and my 6-year-old were given a really warm welcome from staff who put her instantly at ease. She was in the Sprung Lets class for ages 4 to 7, which is all about fun, play, and imagination (not to mention making new friends!). She can be a bit shy at first but soon had a huge smile on her face and was getting stuck in.

There’s sessions for all ages and all the groups were really engaged with what they were doing, with high energy and big smiles. Sessions are between an hour and a half for younger kids and two hours for those aged 10 and up.

Older groups include Sprung Stars for ages 7 to 10 which focuses on developing dance, movement and storytelling skills through drama and games.

Sprung Launch is for ages 10 to 13, and is fantastic for burgeoning dramatists or those studying for a Dance or Drama GCSE – scriptwork is introduced and there’s plenty of opportunity for self-devised pieces.

Finally, Sprung Advance is for ages 14 to 19, and takes things to the next level by training teens to professional standards on theatre, festival and studio settings (ideal if your kids want to pursue a career in the arts). 

THE EXPERIENCE

Parents can drop and go (which many told me was a big selling point, especially on a Friday night) but I was able to hang about and have a peek at what the older classes were doing. There was a lot of group activities, focusing on expression and creativity. Most importantly all the kids were involved and having fun. Group sizes weren’t too overwhelming with around 15 to 20 taking part in the older sessions.

In my daughter’s class there was about 8 kids and throughout the session they built a forest using different materials, played games, told stories and came up with inventions of things that could be turned into something else – like a bed that could turn into an airplane – erm….

I wasn’t totally sure what my daughter would think of it but she absolutely loved the free taster session and there was such a chilled vibe.

Ruby said: “I really loved the teachers- they were really friendly and we did lots of fun stuff. I loved making the forest out of different materials and I made new friends. I would give it a 10/10!”

THE MUDDY VERDICT

Good for: Budding actors, those who love to bust a move, who want to make some new friends or if you think your little one just needs a confidence boost.

Not for: If you live right out in the sticks then this is a bit of a jaunt to the centre of Cov, but there’s no where else really like this on our patch so weigh up if it’s worth the trip (it is for me and my Mudlet!)

The damage: For all the creativity they pack in, sessions are remarkably affordable, at between £8 and £8.50 per week. Not sure if it’s right for your kiddo? Try a free taster session – and watch them come back with stars in their eyes…

Highly Sprung Performance Company, Daimler Powerhouse, Sandy Lane Business Park, Sandy Lane, Coventry, CV1 4DQ


highlysprungperformance.co.uk 

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