Standard big school fair but with deep resonance
Coventry-based Highly Sprung, a theatre company specialising in “innovative and original projects of physical performance”, provided an answer with an energetic show split into two parts.
The first was the product of two workshops with students from Spalding High School and Stamford Welland Academy on the themes of Broken Britain and the Austrian-born World War II holocaust survivor Freddie Knoller respectively .
Apart from the age-old problem of young people speaking to each other, rather than the audience, the students acquitted themselves well considering many of them had never done anything in front of a large audience before in their lives.
The second half was a production, Club Red, which aimed to highlight the problem of high suicide rates among young people.
It focused on a tug-of-war between an idealist and a realist, both fighting over the same girl, with one of them ending up in a mortuary.
Highly Sprung have come up with an interesting way of grabbing young people’s attention and giving them life lessons for the future.