Stage Combat in Context: a drama workshop for young people on Friday 6th April

Fancy learning to fight like a Musketeer? Want to learn how the professionals make fight scenes look so realistic?

On Friday 6th April there will be a Stage Combat in Context one-day drama workshop where young people and teens aged 12 – 18 can do this!

Hosted by Bristol Academy of Drama, students will learn stage fighting techniques, including hand-to-hand combat and the use of swords in performance.

They will also learn how to safely choreograph a sword-fighting scene within the context of various Shakespeare plays. The day will finish in a short performance for parents to enjoy!

Bristol Academy of Drama are excited to work with Neil Johnson, a professional actor in Theatre, TV and Film, as well as theatre manager, corporate producer, project manager for the BBC and the Tate Gallery and writer, director and producer of science shows for 14-16 years olds in the UK and Asia.

Neil spent three years training at the Guildford School of Acting in the UK. During his training he completed his stage fighting qualifications and has performed stunts and fights at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and has directed fights in many shows.

As well as leading drama courses and combat workshops in the UK and abroad, Neil is currently working as Head of Performing Arts and Drama at a Primary School in Somerset UK.

Using the fight sequences used in Shakespeare’s play, Bristol Academy of Drama’s professional Stage Director will demonstrate how to fight realistically but safely on stage in both unarmed combat and with weapons.

The workshop will be held on Friday 6th April from 10am – 4pm and is £35, plus booking fee. It will be held at the Owen Room, Bristol Grammar School, BS8 1SR.

The maximum number is 20 students at the workshop so early booking is advised.

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For more info email Claire at