Stage Combat Masterclasses

Stage Combat Masterclasses

Stage Combat Masterclasses - to book call 01908 324422


FakePunch: Unarmed Combat Masterclass

Sunday 14th May 1pm-5pm £24.50 per person

Want to learn how fights are created and performed for theatre and film? Want to punch like Chuck Norris? Or take someone down like Jason Bourne? 

This masterclass is open to anyone interested in learning the basic but constantly used hand-to-hand combat techniques both on stage and screen. Participants will learn how to slap, punch, kick, grapple and strangle one another whilst gaining an understanding of fight rhythm, making it work for the audience and how to move a fight across a performance space. Throughout the workshop combatants will progress from learning individual techniques to performing phrases of fight choreography that will challenge them to maintain an awareness of themselves, their environment and their partners safety. Working from a point of safety, each pair will create a performance that utilises the actor’s use of character and intention to explore how this turns choreography into something more real. 

The workshop will culminate in a “bar room brawl” style group fight, that will see combatants use everything they’ve learned throughout the day to take on multiple opponents in a face-smashing, bone-crunching slog-fest! 

This workshop is open to everyone 16 or over, regardless of whether or not you are a beginner, advanced combatant or just looking to have a go at learning a new skill. Participants are advised to bring comfortable movement clothing, appropriate footwear and water. 


Cut&Thrust: Single Sword Masterclass

Sunday 21st May 9am-4pm £34.50 per person

This one-day masterclass will introduce participants to the 16th Century Renaissance European Rapier, a style of swordplay known for for its fast paced, exciting combination of cut and thrust techniques. Made popular in such films as The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Mask of Zorro, it is the sword that saw combat move from the mass melee of the battlefield to the streets, where swordplay became more personal, more structured and the importance of an individual’s honour meant that duels were used to settle private feuds. 

During the workshop combatants will learn how to move according to the renaissance Masters of Fence, as well as how to cut, thrust and parry oncoming attacks. Working through the important safety and dramatic techniques, participants will learn how to handle the blades safely and gain an understanding of the differences between the real thing and the stagecraft that allows the actor to perform with commitment and intention. 

Combatants will work with partners to develop their skill, trust and performance ability and will work towards performing a short sequence of partnered choreography at the end of the day. 

This workshop is open to everyone 16 or over, regardless of whether or not you are a beginner, advanced combatant or just looking to have a go at learning a new skill. Participants will use practical, metal fencing blades throughout the session and are advised to bring comfortable movement clothing, appropriate footwear and water.

Both workshops will be led by Kiel O'Shea

Kiel O’Shea is an actor, special action performer, fight director and stage combat instructor with the British Academy of Dramatic combat. As well as choreographing and performing action for stage and screen, Kiel fights as a historical combatant and interpreter for the Tower of London and leads accredited courses in stage combat with the BADC. www.badc.org.uk

For more information, visit www.kieloshea.com

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