Last Updated: Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Students Learn to Fight on Stage!

Performing arts students learnt the art of stage combat in a full day workshop at North Lindsey College.

The young actors had a remarkable, but unusual, class to develop their skills in stage combat and learning the art of stage safety, victim control techniques and reverse energy.

Rob Leonard came from London to deliver the session to the students.  Rob has been a Certified Teacher since 2008, and was the BASSC (British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat) Workshop Co-ordinator for four years from 2011-2014. He currently teaches at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  He regularly deputises for, and co-teaches with, colleagues at RADA, Ithaca College and Drama Studio London, as an additional fight director on the RADA prize fights and has assisted on workshops for NT Connections at the National Theatre.

Performing Arts tutor, Phil Collingwood, commented, “Rob is internationally renowned as one of the finest teachers of stage combat and has worked in exceptional drama schools.  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!”

The students really engaged in the workshop which will help them in their roles in their next drama production of Macbeth.  Work throughout the day focused on holds, footing, grip, weight balance, winning, losing and vocals.

Performing Arts student Mollie Slack commented, “The workshop was really fun and energising.  We were told we would have combat training but 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 learnt without hurting anyone.”