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Squire Stage Combat

Squire Stage Combat
Website: Squire Stage Combat
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For over eight years Squire Stage Combat has been working within schools and theatres across the UK. We provide the very best training for actors of all ages from taster workshops to masterclasses and also fight direction services for professional and non professional productions alike.

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

Squire was founded in September 2010 with a very simple aim; to introduce students of all ages to the exciting world of stage combat and physical performance. As a life long martial artist and industry stunt performer Mark Ruddick (company founder) wanted to share his love of all things action with the next generation of performers. Through Squire Stage Combat and Squire Circus we have gone from strength to strength, working with schools, drama clubs and professional clients all over the country.

We have developed a full range of workshops designed and delivered by industry professionals. We offer taster sessions in traditional stage combat both armed and unarmed, themed parties based around Duelling Jedi or Lucha Wrestling as well as Circus Skills from our team at Squire Circus. Our work includes stunt shows and live fight performances, taster sessions/team building workshops, actor masterclasses, summer school activities and much more. With a diverse team of performers ranging from sword masters and pro wrestlers to acrobats and award winning jugglers we have something for everyone.

All our instructors are professional performers working within film, TV and theatre and amongst us we have credits from The BBC, ITV, Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, National Theatre, WWE, Lucha Britannia, Marvel Studios and HBO. We take great pride in having been an influence on hundreds of young actors, many of whom are now professionals in the own right and are always looking for the next challenge.

Our workshops are fast, physical and fun. They can be enjoyed by everyone since the focus is activity rather than performance. No one is asked to get up on stage unless they want to and all the fights, falls and flailing are fake! After all “the first rule of fight club is NO ONE GETS HURT!”

Example of our Work

They Fight

Our most popular workshop and our most flexible. They Fight is designed to give students an insight into stage combat both as a practical performance skill and also as a tool for academic drama study.

A fight is an integral part of the story telling process. So much so that the play it features in could not function in the same way without it. A fight moves the narrative along from one place to another and usually acts as a catalyst to future events. It can act as a climax, tying together the themes, events and characters in a dramatic conclusion. It may also provide a setting for major character development. A fight is a play in micro, and by understanding its construction, students can grasp an understanding of the play as a whole.

Students will be taught a range of basic techniques and how to portray stage violence effectively with correct actions and reactions. They will also gain an understanding of the basic principles of stage combat including angles, staging and misdirection.

Using these skills students are then encouraged to stage their own fights around a selection of scenes looking at how, where and, most importantly, why a fight happens and what effects it has on the play as a whole?

Workshops can be tailored around specific study texts with reasonable notice or taken simply as Drama/English enrichment.
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Locations: England; Scotland; Wales;
Telephone Number: 07853343547
Postcode: TW135ED
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Workshop Themes: Stage Combat, Shakespeare
Ages (Keystages): Ages 7-11 (KS2),  Ages 11-13 (KS3),  Ages 13-16 (KS4),  Ages 16-18 (KS5),  Adult
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