This course explores the fundamental unarmed stage combat skills every actor needs to learn. Regardless of period, dramatic style, stage, TV, film, age, gender, actors need to learn how to make difficult tasks of punching, slapping, kicking, hair pulling, falling down, and rolling around on the floor look real and convincing.
This course explores how to make combat look real through intention, reactions, playing injury and vocalising pain. You will learn how to make combat work for an audience or camera, and show your choices and give it rhythm and musicality.
What you will learn
You will develop greater awareness and understanding of how to safely perform fight choreography in unarmed combat techniques for stage and screen.
The course starts with teaching the fundamental safety, and technique principles for unarmed combat. You will learn how to choreograph stage fighting and incorporate scene work as you progress. By the end of the course you will perform your fight scene with a partner and have the opportunity to be examined and certify with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat, which is an industry-recognised qualification.
Topics covered include:
– Health & Safety for stage combat
– Tricks for stage and camera performance
– Acting the fight
– Becoming a good fight partner
– Industry terminology and working with a fight director
Structure and duration
This course runs every Wednesday afteronon from 2pm to 5pm.
The course will start with teaching the fundamental safety and technique principles for unarmed combat. As the course progresses you will learn choreographed fight sequences and incorporate scene work. By the end of the course you will perform your choreographed fight scene with a partner and have the opportunity to be examined and certify with the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat
Level and requirements
No previous experience of stage combat is required. You must attend all days to qualify for BASSC certification.
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit. If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need IELTS level 6.
There are no additional academic requirements.
What to bring with you
– Plenty of drinking water
– Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in
– A notepad and pen
About your tutor
Ronin Traynor – ELADA Master at Arms
Ronin has directed fights for over 350 productions including film, TV, musicals, opera, motion capture and numerous theatre shows in the UK and overseas. Credits include:
Total War, SEGA’s multi award-winning game series, Frank Phoenix, Gold Award, L.A. Neo Noir Film Festival, Ren – the girl with the mark, Grand Jury Award, Melbourne & Bilbao Web Fests, Rise of the Krays – Best Action Film nomination, National Film Awards, POV -Best Feature Film, Wirral International Film Festival, Kicking Off – Best Feature, Raindance, Olive Green – Best Action & Adventure Film, US International Film & Video Festival, First Musketeer – Best UK Series, UK Web Fest, Usagi Yojimbo – Best Choreography nomination, Off West End.
Certified teacher – British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat,
Fencing coach – British Academy of Fencing and Academie d’Armes Internationale.
Black Belt – San Shou Kuan
Ronin is also the director of Independent Drama which provides fight choreography, actor training, weapon hire and combat casting services to drama schools, theatre groups and the film and theatre industry.