Fighting in class encouraged during stage combat workshop with leading stage fight director

Fighting in class encouraged during stage combat workshop with leading stage fight director

For once, fights in the classroom have been actively encouraged, during a day-long stage combat workshop at a college in Lincolnshire.

Students at North Lindsey College were taught the arts of stage safety, victim control techniques and reverse energy in order to create a believable yet perfectly safe fight scene.

The workshop has helped students to prepare for an upcoming production of Macbeth, teaching them the correct techniques when using holds, footing, grip, weight balance and vocals.

The session was delivered by Rob Leonard, a teacher at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and former workshop co-ordinator at the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.

Performing arts tutor, Phil Collingwood, said: “To have Rob here is a real coup for North Lindsey College and shows our ongoing commitment to providing the finest dramatic education we can. 

“The students had the time of their lives and we are looking forward to Rob’s return in the New Year – with swords!”

Performing arts student Mollie Slack added: “I didn’t realise it would be as hands on as it was. It will really help me in the future to put the actions in place that we have learned without hurting anyone.”

 

Featured picture: Rob, centre, shows students how to fight safely