Stage & Screen Combat Fight & fall like they do in movies

Youth Courses

Stage & Screen Combat

Key Information
  • Dates

    Age 7-9: Tue 2 April to Fri 5 April
    Age 10-12: Tue 2 April to Fri 5 April
    Age 13-15: Mon 8 April to Thurs 11 April
    Age 16-18: Mon 8 April to Thurs 11 April

  • Fees


  • Class Timing

    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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This Easter, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is introducing a brand new course in Stage and Screen Combat for ages 7 to 18.

This course 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.

We offer the course for the following age groups:
Age 7-9
Age 10-12
Age 13-15
Age 16-18

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Course Outline


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 they are confident on any demonstrations of technique they will perform on the day.


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


Our main focus on this day will bring everything together. Adding costumes, music and that 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 the students the fundamental task of learning to self critique and take on feedback.


In the morning students who have opted in will take their exam. They will present their fight’s pair at a time and receive their grades. All students who don’t opt into the exam will then have the opportunity to perform their fights. 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) – £30
Level 3 (age 10-12) – £30
Silver Level (age 13-15) – £40
Gold Level (age 16-18) – £40

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.

Students relaxing outside of the School
The School is in a beautiful part of Bristol, overlooking a huge park called the Downs. We sometimes take advantage of our close proximity to the Downs during the summer term, practising fight and dance routines, or voice or singing classes! Dan Hall, BA Professional Acting student