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FORGE – Conversations

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Duration: 90 mins
  • Age Guidance: 18+
  • Triggers & Advisories: Click here for details.
    Triggers & Advisories

    Long table discussions will include open, interactive and unscripted conversation that may contain references to genocide and the Holocaust.

    Long table discussions will be BSL interpreted. Afterwards, a recording of the event will be made available online.

  • Other: The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds LS10 1JQ
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In 2014, the 100kg ‘welcome’ gate was stolen from Dachau concentration camp. A local blacksmith made a replica, exactly like the original. Artist Rachel Mars has never been to Dachau but a lot of her family ended up in places just like it because they were Jews. This Spring, Rachel will make an exact replica of the replica gate across three days, out of 60kg of mild steel and some new welding skills. You are invited to watch.

FORGE explores who memorials are for, what happens to places where traumatic events take place and who decides. Examining how objects become contaminated by history, FORGE investigates how to balance living with a traumatic past with a responsibility to the present.
Featuring a sound-scape created live by sound artist Dinah Mullen, audiences are invited as witnesses as the artist welds over three days within the epic proportions of new experimental Leeds venue, Testbed. Alongside the installation, three conversations at the Tetley will give space for provocations and reflection.

How to experience FORGE 

EXPERIENCE THE INSTALLATION – Come and experience the FORGE Installation at Testbed. There are multiple time slots available between Thurs 31 March-Sat 2 April. Book for a time slot – but plan to stay as long as you like, subject to capacity. Please arrive wearing long sleeve top and trousers and close covered shoes. You will be given a welding helmet to wear on arrival. You will then be invited to enter the space to stand, sit, watch and be immersed in this epic durational experience.


JOIN A CONVERSATION – Come along to the Tetley to hear provocations from artists and activists working in the field of memorialisation. Join to hear inspiring speakers and get involved in the conversation with a bite to eat.

Conversation 1: Personal
Thu 31 March, 7.30pm
Rachel Mars will discuss her process, practice and her approaches to the issues contained in the work – including inherited historical trauma.

Conversation 2: Local
Fri 1 April, 7.30pm
Civic and community leaders/activists and artists will kick off the conversation by talking about memorial issues of pertinence to Leeds.

Conversation 3: International
Sat 1 April, 1.30pm
Designers and campaigners will kick off the conversation by talking about contemporary memorial issues.

Rachel Mars is a London based, multi award-winning writer and performer with a background in theatre, live art and comedy. She grew up as the only gay in a British/Jewish family that attempted to balance English propriety with Yiddish volume.   

Her recent shows have included a choral celebration of envy (Our Carnal Hearts), and a Queer history of filthy sex communication (Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters). She has toured her work at International Theatre Festivals in Europe, the US and Australia. Awards for her stage work in the UK include the Total Theatre Award and The Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award at the Barbican. 

Commissioned by Transform and Cambridge Junction with support from Stobbs New Ideas Fund. With support from Chapter Arts Centre, Horizon Showcase, Metal Culture, MGCFutures and Asylum Arts. Originally developed through the Barbican Open Lab programme 


Photography by JMA Photography

Presented as part of Transform 21-22 –


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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
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  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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