TESTIMONIALSRegarding Educational Outreach:
The Viking Workshop with Year 3 at St Mary’s School was nothing short of inspirational. Our Viking visitors were skilled presenters and had the children in the palms of their hands from start to finish. The afternoon was varied, and interactive, with absolutely amazing resources. A highlight of the afternoon was the dramatic enactment of the story of Thor and his stolen hammer, which allowed some of our less confident learners to flourish and be extremely successful – which is always so exciting see. This was a superb experience for our children, I cannot recommend it highly enough.
St. Mary's Primary, Jersey, 2017
[Northern Forge's] Viking experience was the perfect hook to begin our Viking topic. The workshop was well run and the children didn't want it to end. The actors were great with the children and really brought the stories alive through their interesting questions and all the exciting objects they had to share. I would definitely recommend it to other schools.
St. Luke's School, Jersey, 2017
On behalf of St.Lawrence school a massive thank for you talk you gave, the children absolutely loved it! We look forward to doing a Skype with you in the near future.
St. Lawrence Primary, Jersey, 2017
Neil and Stuart gave our children a wonderful taste of what life was like for the Romans and Celts. The costumes worn were extremely authentic and all the resources brought along were excellent - the weapons shown were extremely popular! The knowledge shared was mind blowing and the children really enjoyed testing you both with their questions. The Catapult making was a great part of the day. Battle Drill with Stuart was very well liked by the children, especially making the Testudo with the shields they had made beforehand and also finding out about the Celt way of life with Neil was fascinating.
A very enjoyable and entertaining day for adults and children alike. The children loved the day and it gave them a far more in-depth learning experience than could be done by teaching staff. We would recommend Northern Forge to other schools and hope to use them again for our next Roman adventure!
Templenewsam Halton Primary School, Leeds, Nov 2015
Neil has visited Water Street school for four years now. For two years, Neil has enhanced our Viking topic, as Sigwulf, with his amazing knowledge and interest about the topic. Last year we had a compare and contrast workshop, looking at the similarities and differences between the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. This year Neil visited as Mani, for an Anglo-Saxon workshop . As soon as Neil arrives he gets into character and grabs the children's attention and keeps it all the way through to the end! He brings artifacts with him that we could never have access to in the classroom without his visit and the children love looking at them and holding them. The children have learnt so much from his visits and the range of activities that he offers is amazing - including acting out a Viking saga and playing games from Viking times. I would thoroughly recommend a Northern Forge workshop as a valuable, interesting and exciting experience for children (and the staff) in school.
Water Street Community Primary School, Skipton, Nov 2015
A huge thank you to Neil for 3 fantastically informed, wonderfully received Roman Skype session. It is safe to say that both colleagues and students alike will be talking about this one for many weeks to come! As a teacher working in an International school, it is difficult to get the children involved in interactive programmes relating to historical figures, so this was perfect! The delivery was concise and informative, as well as being light and funny, leaving the children spell-bound and totally enthralled. That they were given a chance to ask questions and expand upon their own prior knowledge was an added bonus.
Many thanks and we look forward to our next Roman meeting!
Head of Humanities
Fujairah Private Academy, United Arab Emirates (UAE), May 2015
Thank you so much for your visit today. As a Charity working with Children with disability we had no idea how Shield making and reading Runes would go. However, Not only did the Children have a nice time but the staff and volunteers thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
It was informative and fun and each Child responded with enthusiasm. And the shields are beautiful!!!!!
We do hope we can have you back in soon.
Anne Stamp (Service Manager)
SNAPPY, York, Feb 2015
Google directed us to the Northern Forge website after searching for Viking outreach and, after reading the information and testimonials, we didn't look anywhere else!
We thoroughly enjoyed the visit – Sigwulf and his friends did a fantastic job at bringing the history alive and inspiring our pupils. Lots of information was shared throughout the day and the children definitely learnt a lot!
We would certainly recommend this visit and we hope to invite them back to our school in the future. Thank you!
Holton-Le-Clay Junior, Grimsby, Jan 2015
The children really enjoyed being able to ask whatever they wanted to a real life Roman! Seeing the Roman objects in their classroom gave them chance to bring their learning to life.
Normanton Common Primary School, Castleford, Jan 2014
Fantastic, informative day for children of all Primary years. The Vikings interacted well with the children and became part of our school for the day! Such a lot was covered throughout the day, the day was just not long enough! – Thank you from the teachers and staff at St. Martin’s!
St. Martin's C of E (Aided) Primary, Scarborough, June 2013
I am a year 2 Teacher and was covering a history topic about the Vikings. As transport costs were high it was not possible for as trip out so I invited Neil into school. From the start Neil was in character and the children were interested right from the beginning. I emailed the areas about the Vikings that we were covering before the day of the visit and everything I had put in the email was covered. The artefacts that were brought in were fantastic and the children really enjoyed being able to look at and touch them. The children learnt a lot during the session and Neil’s knowledge of the Vikings was great. I would recommend Northern Forge to others as a great experience for children.
Lowtown Primary School, Pudsey, Jan 2013
The whole day was tremendously successful. The children were totally engaged and learned so much. They were able to ask questions, based around their existing knowledge of Vikings, which "Sigwulf" was able to answer and develop further. Many thanks for a super day.
Hensall Primary School, nr. Selby, Oct 2012
Thank you so much for the workshops, we all thoroughly enjoyed it; the children have done some really good writing since [about the Vikings].
Peel Park Primary, Bradford, Oct 2012
Neil kept our Cub Scouts interested throughout and had them on the edge of their seats with his aptitude for making history exciting and relevant. They are still talking about weapons and sagas weeks later!! Highly recommended!
Valerie Salter (Akela)
2nd Driffield Cub Scouts [& Nafferton Cubs], Snowball Plantation, Sept 2012
Please pass on my thanks to Neil - it was a fantastic session. The children were totally captivated and got such a lot out of it. We had been learning how to make notes during recent literacy sessions and this gave them a real and meaningful reason to use and apply those skills as well as enhancing and developing historical skills and their knowledge about Viking life. We plan to use the information to write non-fiction texts and they will share these along with other learning completed during our Viking theme when we go to 'invade and settle' in a neighbouring primary school at the end of next month. Having introduced the Viking theme a few weeks ago, the Skype call has re-enthused the children and we are looking forward to learning more together over the next few weeks.
Acting Deputy Head
St Andrew's Primary School, Guernsey 2012
I just wanted to say thank you again for organising the virtual Viking session with our local learning centre. The children were thrilled with the session and are still talking about it!
What a memorable learning experience for both our students and us!
Sigwulf did a grand job, please pass on our gratitude.
Our Lady Primary, Camden 2012
Dear Neil, The children enjoyed the Viking visit today. Great mixture of information and insight! Thanks!
St. Joseph’s Primary School, Bradford 2012
Regarding Fight Direction:
York Shakespeare Project’s latest production Othello sold out two weeks before opening night, so it felt like a hot ticket as we took our places in The Studio on Tuesday October 23rd.
The Studio was an ideal venue for such a tough, brutal play : you were so close that you were practically part of the action on stage, particularly in the convincing fight scenes (directed by Neil Tattersall and assisted by Stuart Perry ).
Julia Pattison, – Reviewing Othello
Pocklington Free Press 2012
I have known Neil for several years in an acting context and found him to be both professional and hard working in this approach to his craft. I have over 40 years’ experience of acting and stage fighting and Neil’s choreography of fights is imaginative and in keeping with the feel, and mood of the play, and the characters. Moreover Neil’s choreography is sensitive to the abilities of the combatants. As a fellow combatant Neil is always accurate, and absolutely trustworthy in his actions, which is critical in performing potentially dangerous actions on stage. I specifically took a part recently so that I could work with Neil again and it was an interesting and rewarding experience.
Howard Atkin (actor)
Harrogate – Tis’ Pity She’s a Whore 2008/Macbeth 2011
Neil Tattersall - when you absolutely, positively have to kill every [body] in the room - accept no substitute.
David Zezulka (professional actor)
Leeds – Macbeth 2011
Many congratulations to you and your team for showing us mortals how it’s done. I really enjoyed the course, it was good fun and very instructive.
Howard Atkin (Silver Award)
After BADC Level 1, York 2012
This was a powerful, realistic, and very human ensemble play, with some outstanding performances from individuals, and convincing stage fight scenes choreographed by Neil Tattersall, making you want to see this production again “ tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow ”.
Julia Pattison, – Reviewing Macbeth
Pocklington Free Press 2011
Regarding Writing and Accuracy:
Sigwulf Sigwulfsson aka Neil Tattersall has written compelling Viking news stories and sagas for The Viking Chronicle since it's launch in 2009. He's also assisted us as we developed the look and feel of Become a Viking, an online game we have in development, and gives us the confidence to be able to say what we're developing is authentic to the Viking era. Neil's enthusiasm for bringing history to life is obvious to everyone who meets him and he's a pleasure to work with.
Regarding Lighting Design:
With haunting original music by the talented Kingsley Ash, imaginative lighting from Neil Tattersall, superb costumes and set (Esme Mai and Dan Lewis), and an outstanding cast, this was theatre at its best.
Pocklington Free Press 2012