Independent Drama offers a wide range of workshops in stage and screen combat and related subjects. We can work with all ages and abilities.

All our teachers are experienced working professionals accredited to teach by leading industry recognised stage combat academies (including the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, The British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat and the Academy of Performance Combat). They are also insured, CRB checked and first aid trained.

Ours work in film, TV, theatre, motion capture (games/films) and live events professional as both choreographers and performers. Our teachers have performed fight scenes in 'Snow White and the Huntsman', 'Thor 2', 'Maleficent’, 'Blue Peter', 'Killzone Mecenary' and more.

Stage combat training is not purely about learning how to hit someone on stage (without actually hitting them of course), it covers a wide range of performance and even social skills.

At a basic level stage combat encourages partnership, co-operation, confidence and trust. It teaches co-ordination, awareness, respect and control. It is not just a physical activity either, it requires a great deal of concentration to create layers of character, motivation/intention, reaction/consequence and on a theoretical level students are taught to consider the effects of violence, both physical and mental, on the victim and the attacker.

Stage combat can also overlap many other subjects other than drama; such as history, geography, literature, media, psychology, sociology, philosophy, religious studies and physical education.


We provide bespoke workshops tailored around your students' development. Here are some examples of how stage combat can be applied to a variety of learning experiences:

  • Workshops tailored to syllabus:

> Of Mice & Men, Lord of the Flies, A View From the Bridge, Shakespeare...

> How the text helps us discover the skills of the characters and the style of the fight. How the fight is written (if at all). Where a fight can occur and how.

  • Shakespeare workshops:

> Can study characters, scenes, fighting styles (periods), fighting in Elizabethan theatre, discuss methods such as Rapier wit.

> How to approach choreography for Shakespeare

  • Workshops on period:

> Greek, Roman, Viking, Medieval, Renaissance, Pirate, The Battle of Hastings, The 18th century duel, Queensbury rules boxing, etc

> Different weapon systems & tactics and how they were effective.

> Training, military structure, famous battles. Can also relate to a production or character type (below).

  • Workshops on weapons:

> Rapier, broadsword, shield, katana, quarterstaff, knife, axe, spear, modern sport fencing, found/improvised weapons, unarmed, guns (including blank firing), etc

> Basic technique, historical/modern context and use, realistic use.

  • Workshops on characters:

> Jedi, Musketeers, Bond, Robin Hood, etc

> Studying the style (and it’s changes over time; such as Bond), training, skills, weapon systems, status, historical fact/fiction.

  • Style based workshops:

> Comedy, slapstick, domestic violence, stylised, dance (West Side Story).

  • Workshops on acting technique in fights:

> Status, relationship, acting pain and death, acting violence without causing violence, creating fear for the character not fear for the actor, exciting not excited, actioning the fight, how the fight or flight response actually works...

  • Other fun techniques

> Found weapons, tumbling, blood FX, fighting on camera...

  • Methods for choreography:

> The class will learn techniques then work on a choreographed fight scene.
> The class will learn techniques then choreograph their own fight scene.
> The class will learn techniques then choreograph a fight for the tutors to perform.
> Tutors will demonstrate a fight scene and then teach students to perform it.
> Tutors and students will choreograph together based on character/scene study.


Our teachers are also able to offer certificated courses accredited by industry recognised academies (listed above).


For more questions or information please contact us with your requirements.


Early Years Age 3-5, KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11, KS3 Age 11-13, KS4 Age 14-16, KS5 Age 16-18


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