We recently chatted to Mark Worth, Artistic Director of Highly Sprung Performance, about his route into the arts, Highly Sprung's partnership with the Belgrade, and their Changing Climates Festival.

For many artists working in the theatre, youth theatre was their route into the arts world. Performing as a teenager with like-minded young people, making memories as they created performances: musicals, comedies, tragedies and dare I say it… physical theatre? For me, my route in was by working with a theatre company visiting my school. The company was Theatre de Complicite and they totally changed my life. They instilled in me an understanding of how the arts can empower young people.

Fast forward 25 years and there is no better example of inspiring and empowering young people through the arts than the Physical Fellowship by Highly Sprung Performance.

In 2008, the Belgrade Theatre hosted Highly Sprung’s pilot festival, bringing schools together to participate in workshops with world renowned physical theatre companies and to share their own original pieces of physical performance, all connected to a common theme. Needless to say, it was a success and the Physical Fellowship was born. Now having run for over 10 years, the connection to Highly Sprung, the Belgrade Theatre and this unique festival has since only grown stronger.