Age 12 to 18 years

Held during School Holidays - dates vary but are announced at least 2 month prior

Venue:  Various

£45 plus booking fee

Max number 20 students

Fancy learning to fight like a Musketeer? Want to learn how the professionals make fight scenes look so realistic? 


The history of stage fighting and mock combat can be traced back hundreds, if not thousands of years with it first utilised in the Greek Tragedies.  The art of stage combat has been mastered and tailored to provide a safe but effective way to portray the conflicts that occur in stage play but opera and ballet!  Whether it is a simple slap around the face or the use of a rapier in such productions as The Three Musketeers, there is so much to master in this exciting and fun skill. 


Bristol Academy of Drama are very lucky to be working with Neil Johnson. Neil has had a varied career as a professional actor in Theatre, TV and Film, as theatre manager, corporate producer, project manager for the BBC and the Tate Gallery and writer, director and producer of science shows for 14-16 years olds in the UK and Asia. Neil spent three years training at the Guildford School of Acting in the UK. During his training he completed his stage fighting qualifications and has performed stunts and fights at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and has directed fights in many shows. As well as leading drama courses and combat workshops in the UK and abroad, Neil is currently working as Head of Performing Arts and Drama at a Primary School in Somerset UK.


Using the fight sequences used in Shakespeare’s play, our professional Stage Director will demonstrate how to fight realistically but safely on stage in both unarmed combat and with weapons. 

Max number 20 students so early booking is advised. 


​To find out more or to reserve a place please email using the contact box below.

Stage Combat in context