SCHOOLS AND WORKSHOPS

I have worked in schools and museums etc for over 20 years-mostly storytelling and running Saxon / Viking workshops. I have also ran craft / puppet making workshops / the art of storytelling and presentation techniques to historical bodies

ABOUT SCHOOLS AND WORKSHOPS

For about 50 mins I give a lively talk and demonstration on how / what weapons / armour were used using the large supply of kit at my disposal. (metal / wood etc replicas of helms, mail, swords, axes,  spears, javelins, slings, arrows etc, and some genuine arrow head / axe head detector finds - thousands of pounds worth of kit). Occasionally members of the audience are invited up to help me (safely) illustrate how a weapon or armour etc would work.

This Exciting and informative workshop was originally developed through working with English Heritage schools visits and developed and expanded for the National Maritime museum, Falmouth through their "Viking Explorers" exhibition. This popular workshop has been ran successfully in schools and other venues including historic sites, fairs and museums across the country (even birthday parties!).


Maximum participants - 40. Area required - Ideally a school hall / sports hall where there is room to set up a shield wall and  manoeuvre. Outside in a playground is good too if it is not raining!

 

A large classroom is just about possible but not ideal and certain elements of the workshop would have to be curtailed due to lack of space. Sometimes I have ran the main presentation in a classroom but then used a hall/playground for the last 15 minute shield wall part and this has worked well.

This has been a popular addition to my workshops / performances in schools (and elsewhere!) This exciting  version of the Anglo - Saxon poem is perfect for those studying the Anglo - Saxon period or the poem.

 

See Puppet shows for more information.

VIKING/SAXON WORKSHOPS

WEAPONS AND WARFARE WORKSHOP

SOME OF MY KIT...

COSTS

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VIKING STORYTELLING

A lively hour of Viking tales! Stories about Norse gods and their adventures and a saga about the Jomsvikings. Told in costume. This can be performed to as many children as you can squeeze into a space. Ideal ages 7 and up; though I have done these tales for younger pupils.

St Georges Church School, Somerset

"A fantastic morning full of fun learning action"

Photo by James Richardson

Photos by Roy Smallpage

BEOWULF

Then, for approx. 15-20 mins following this demo; everyone helps  create a shield wall using the foam latex equipment (children are given equipment to use including helmets, soft hats, well made replica foam / latex axes, swords, spears, shields or saex knife.


The pupils are then put through their paces - forming up / advancing / throwing latex / foam javelins (at me) and
sustaining fire from soft  foam balls from staff members! (All to chanting and war horns blowing).

 

I can add a Q & A session afterwards if wanted (no extra charge) which allows for a few other items to be shown such as real and reproduction jewellery, fire strikers, spindle weights etc.

 

I've ran the Weapons and Warfare workshop  for children - ages ideally 7 years up - and adults have enjoyed them too. I can run the weapons and warfare session in a one hour time slot or a more in depth session lasting 1 hour 20 mins (for same price)

Photo by Roy Smallpage

VIKING STORYTELLING

(performance only)

£130

plus petrol costs

VIKING STORYTELLING AND WEAPONS AND WARFARE WORKSHOP

£200

plus petrol costs

WEAPONS AND WARFARE WORKSHOP

(on its own)

£160

plus petrol costs

ADDITIONAL WEAPON AND WARFARE WORKSHOPS

£60

“This show is exquisite, hilarious, historical, mythical and musical. Pure genius at work. I know, I have seen it and thats why I booked it. I want YOU to love this too. For ages 8 and up. Adults, you dont need kids to watch and enjoy this- it is designed for you too!” 

Lee Rawlings, Saint Thomas Library, Exeter