ABOUT THE FORGEThe Forge Mission Statement:
What’s in a name?
Let’s take the words individually. We picked Northern quite simply because that is where we are from, where the company is based, and primarily where we operate around, though we are by no means limited to working in the north of England.
That’s pretty straight forward, but why Forge? Well besides the literal meaning of making items from metal, or selling forged swords (which we do), we chose Forge to represent our mission to shape young minds, to entertain and educate people in various periods and themes in history. Aside from our schools work we also create, or choreograph, a lot in the way of theatrical combat and performances for stage and screen.
Through time spent in schools, and performances at site specific historic locations, we aim to engage, inform and develop young and old minds alike. To us we are not just creating in metal, we are interpreting and recreating aspects of times gone by to develop and expand minds, and hopefully create an interest in our shared past. Who knows, perhaps we’ll inspire the next generation of historians, archaeologists, and possibly actors, through our endeavours.
Neil T. BA (Hons)
1. SCHOOLS EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH:
Northern Forge offers school outreach visits focusing on the Romano-British, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Norman (1066) periods of British and world history. Focused around the National Curriculum Key Stage 2, we offer a range of different workshop and topics, tailored to meet your learning needs; in school workshops or via online Skype sessions.
Coming from six years of education work in one of Britain’s top museums, and nearly two decades of theatre practice, Northern Forge aims to deliver the very best learning experience out there for your school, and we are confident we can.
2. EVENTS & PROMOTIONS:
If you want to add a little bit of colour to your event, promotions, or private function, get in touch with Northern Forge. We provide:
Historical Characters including Sigwulf the Viking, Mani the Anglo-Saxon Huscarl, Atticus the Roman Legionary, Ariovistus the Auxiliary, Dagvalda the Briton, Brother Alberic the Monk, and [coming soon] Simeon the Medieval Bowman/Foot Soldier.
Storytelling, Short Plays & Monologues interpreting real historical happenings and/or folktales.
Fight Demonstrations using a mixture of genuine historical sword play with a little bit of added theatricality for your entertainment.
Costumed Photo Shoots using the above named historical characters and more.
3. THE ORIGINAL VIKING WALK:
Northern Forge presents The Original Viking Walk - a short tour of York. Hear about the city's Anglo-Scandinavian & Norman past as we take in various sites along the way. Part history, part legend, all enthralling! Click here for more information.
Freelance acting work for stage and screen is undertaken. Having completed a degree in Performance: Theatre at York St. John/Leeds University, Neil has since completed courses on stage-combat such as British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) Standard/Level 1 (Gold) & Advanced/Level 3 (Distinction), and is currently an apprentice teacher for the BADC.
Neil is also a full member of EQUITY.
For a full list of his performance credits see links to his CV in the sidebar (updated periodically).
Freelance character modelling work for photo shoots and promotions is also undertaken. Neil was previously represented by Spirit Models agency under the pseudonym of Arn.
5. FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY/FIGHT WORKSHOPS:
Alongside acting work Neil does a lot of work with fight choreography (armed and unarmed) for productions on stage and on screen, also running beginners and advanced stage-combat workshops.
Most recently Neil has completed work on two feature films as Fight Choreographer, GSP's 'MACBETH' (2015-16), and Strawhouse/BBC/BFI Films multi-award winning 'GOD'S OWN COUNTRY' (2016).
In addition to holding his BADC qualifications, Neil is also an accredited instructor with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay (BFHS), specialising in Longsword, Sword and Buckler, and Pollaxe, running his own martial arts club in York.
In the past Neil has also organised BADC courses to take place in York; if you are interested, do follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see when and where the next one will be happening.
6. HAVE-A-GO ARCHERY/SPEAR/SWORD:
Northern Forge runs various have-a-go events at historical locations, festivals, and schools; providing all the necessary equipment to literally “have a go”.
Northern Forge allows you or your children/pupils to try your hand at archery (children and adults), throwing purpose-made blunted spears at a “guy”/target (children only), and take groups of children through basic sword drill.
We at Northern Forge also run hour long Warrior Schools for up to 10 children at a time, that include all of the above, and weapons handling/display sessions, and a fun competitive element to win a small prize for being the best young warrior.
7. ARMOURY (shop):
Northern Forge provides blunted weaponry and historical accessories including hand-made brass penannular brooches and Irish ring pins.
There will be an overhaul of the shop happening shortly!
For more information email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 07716141787 (Mon-Sat: 10:00 - 18:00). We'd love to hear from you,but please bear in mind that we work out of the office frequently, and therefore may not be able to take your call immediately. We endeavour to get back to everyone as soon as possible.
Follow us on Twitter @NorthernForge and watch out for promotions and special offers!