Youth Courses

Stage & Screen Combat – Ages 7-18

Key Information
  • Dates

    Age 7-9: Mon 7 April to Thurs 10 April
    Age 10-12: Mon 7 April to Thurs 10 April
    Age 13-15: Mon 14 April to Thurs 17 April
    Age 16-18: Mon 14 April to Thurs 17 April

  • Fees


  • Class Timing

    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

Express Interest

Easter 2025

Stage and Screen Combat for ages 7 to 18 is an exciting chance to experience the thrills and spills of stage and screen combat. You’ll have opportunities to engage in armed as well as unarmed combat, learning to fight and fall in a safe, effective and believable way, under the guidance of our expert tutors.

Additionally, this course also offers you a unique chance to gain an industry-recognised qualification by taking an optional exam at the end.

ⓘ There are four differentiated age groups within the Stage and Screen Combat course. Courses for ages 7-9 and 10-12 are running between Monday 7 April and Thursday 10th April 2025 and courses for ages 13-15 and 16-18 are running between Monday 14 and Thursday 17 April 2025

Booking will go Live on the 1st September 2024

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Course outline

Day 1

During the first day we will explore the techniques of broadsword focusing on footwork, targeting and safely communicating with our partner. These techniques will be the foundations of building our fight choreography. For those who want to take the exam, we will use this day to ensure you are confident in any demonstrations of technique you will perform on the day.

Day 2

During the second day we will develop the performance side of your fight choreography by working on scene work, characterisation, intention, reactions and partner work. Throughout the day we will also work through the theoretical side of stage combat, focusing on practitioners, history and technical terms.

Day 3

Our main focus on this day will be to bring everything together including adding elements of costume, music and performance spark! Throughout the day we will self-evaluate and peer-evaluate. Not only will this help prepare the exam students but it will also teach all students the fundamental task of learning to self-critique and take on feedback.

Day 4

In the morning, students who have opted-in will take their exam, presenting their fight in a pair and receiving their grades. Students who haven’t opted into the exam will also have the opportunity to perform their fight. In the afternoon, we will create an epic group fight to round off the course!

This is a four-day full-time course which runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. The course will be taught at our studios on Downside Road, Bristol.

Optional qualification

You can obtain a qualification by taking an optional exam at the end of the course. You will present your combat scene before the instructors, who will then grade you and provide you with a certificate.

There is an additional charge for the optional qualification:
Level 2 (age 7-9) – £35
Level 3 (age 10-12) – £35
Silver Level (age 13-15) – £45
Gold Level (age 16-18) – £45

Based on your scores in the exam, you will be given one of the following grades:
Pass – 40
Merit – 60
Distinction – 80

Course Leader

This course is run by Maisie Carter of MC_Combat, along with lead junior instructor, Emily Evans. They are both very passionate about creating an environment where young students can learn to love their individuality and uniqueness through their training.

MC_Combat’s mission is to give power and voice to our students by creating an inclusive space to grow and be bold. Their instructors are highly trained experts in the field, who approach their work with professionalism, respect and a huge dose of fun. They stand for making a difference by making diversity, equality and friendship the pillars of their ethos.

Recent fight directing credits include Comedy of Errors at The Globe, Gone Too Far at the National Youth Theatre, The Commitments UK Tour, The Clinic at Almeida Theatre, Malindadzimu at Hampstead Theatre and Fair Play at Bush Theatre.

One of my favourite parts about BOVTS is that it feels ‘homegrown’. From the set to the costume, lighting, acting and sound, every single aspect of a theatre production or film is down to the students. The location of Clifton is so serene and the School being so small everyone knows each other and it feels so personal and special. Violet Morris, BA Professional Acting Student