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Get Involved: Stage Combat

25 September, 2019

    Stage Combat

    Run by Paul Benzing

    25 Sep – 23 Oct 2019

    Wednesdays 7.30pm- 9.00pm (5-week course) at NST City

    £75 for the course, to be booked in advance

    The whole point of stage combat is to create the illusion of violence.

    We will be looking at unarmed combat i.e. punches, slaps and throws. We will also look at hitting people with chairs, tables and smashing faces into walls and floors, as well as a go at fighting with found weapons i.e. umbrellas, walking sticks and anything else that is safe to use, and some knife work with practice daggers.

    We will arrange fights for each of these areas and if there is time, maybe try to stick all of them together . . . safely.

    Paul Benzing’s work in theatre includes War Horse (West End and tour), The Revenger’s Tragedy, A Woman Killed with Kindness, Emperor and Galilean, Antigone and The Chekov Trilogy for the National; Elf: The Musical at the Dominion; Guys and Dolls, Heartbreak House, Sweeney Todd (also West End), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Private Lives (also West End) and The Rehearsal at Chichester; Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar Warehouse; West Side Story at the Sage, Gateshead; Wild Oats at Bristol Old Vic; The Three Musketeers in Southampton and Basingstoke; Journey’s End at the Comedy; Hamlet at the Young Vic and Nuffield, Southampton; National Anthem at the Old Vic; Lear and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Sheffield Crucible; Manchester Passion for the BBC; A Clockwork Orange, Our Friends in the North, and Blue Remembered Hills for Northern Stage; The Country Wife, The Sea and Marguerite at Theatre Royal Haymarket; Black Comedy, Moonlight and Magnolias, Of Mice and Men and Sleuth at the Watermill, Newbury; Troilus and Cressida for Cheek by Jowl; West Side Story at Wandsworth Prison; Dreams of Violence and Flight Path for Out of Joint; Othello at Ludlow Festival; Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne;  Zadia for the Classic Opera Company; What the Butler Saw and Beasts and Beauties at Hampstead; Seven Acts of Mercy at The RSC ; and The Comedy of Errors,  Into the Woods and Hansel and Gretel at Regent’s Park; The Children for The English Theater Frankfurt.  He has also arranged fights for Parkshow Productions, a company that puts on stunt shows in theme parks throughout the UK and Europe.

    £75 for the course, to be booked in advance