Forge the Future

Forge the Future Performance Company and The Knotted Project share their film, Forge the Future, exploring the pandemic through the eyes of young people in Cumbria.


The pandemic, through the eyes of young people of young people in Cumbria.

Supported by an experienced team of professional creatives in 2021, the Forge the Future Performance Company produced a piece of film work and a digital response to the pandemic.

Recommended viewing age 15+, film includes some scenes that may be upsetting.

The film, Forge The Future, creatively explores how the lives of young people have been impacted by Covid-19. It was self filmed by young people in lockdown, mostly on their mobile phones, with extraordinary ambition and imagination. The young people wanted everyone to see it and understand the struggles of a year in lockdown, through the eyes of a young person. It looks deeply into mental health in young people and the role that creativity plays in their lives.

Funded by Arts Council England, Forge the Future is a creative platform for young artists, based in Cumbria (aged 15-22).

Through this project, The Knotted Project aim to help creative young people establish their own artistic network, collaborate, skill share, learn and grow from each other, as well as offering them a platform to use art and creativity to express themselves and share their experiences in an unparalleled year of change.

Created by Forge The Future Performance Company and The Knotted Project

Directors: Natalie Morrell and Simon McElligott
Associate Practitioner: Emily Edwards
Filmmaker: Nick Farrimond
Music and composition by: Lee Affen, Angel Sherrard, El Cragg

Cast List

Angel Sherrard
Carina Edwards
El Cragg
George Lancaster
Iona Moss
Katie Suitor
Melissa Bewsher
Tyler Johnson
Victoria Orr
Yarrow Spillane


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Supported by Great Place Lakes and Dales and The Fold with thanks to The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal College and Institute for Social Futures.

Thank you for the support of the Forge The Future Steering group participants.