Pupils learn about stage combat

A well-executed fight scene can make stage combat look easy – but, much like dancing, it must be choreographed and extensively rehearsed to provide that authentic feel while remaining safe. The challenge at such moments is always how to make the fight look exciting and real without any of the actors actually getting a black eye. 
On Wednesday, we were joined by professional Fight Director, Mark Ruddick. He took a break from his work with Andy Serkis on the Hollywood movie Venom 2 to teach some of our pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 the basics of stage combat, including a whole host of punches, kicks and strangles. Charlie Gotto described it as “The best drama lesson I have ever had”.
Mark then went on to work with our A Level students, helping them to add physical detail and moments of aggression to their assessed practical pieces. It was a huge privilege to see our pupils working with someone of Mark’s calibre. We are delighted to say he will be joining us again next term for more. And next time he might bring swords…watch this space.