On Thursday 15 August, Theatre and Film fight director Keith Wallis ran a workshop in unarmed combat.
Stage combat is an essential part of any actor’s training, and in performance it can take many forms, ranging from simple slaps, punches and falls, to bar room brawls, sword duels and mass battles. This workshop explored the fundamental techniques for safe and effective stage fighting, with a strong focus on physical and spatial awareness onstage, how to keep yourself injury free during prolonged performance runs, as well as the way in which fighting techniques are constantly improving and developing to suit the needs of 21st century performance practice.
Keith Wallis is a professional fight director for theatre and film. Over the past ten years he has worked on a wide range of projects from small scale unarmed choreography, to historical sword fights and mass battles. He currently provides fight choreography for theatre, opera and film production companies all across the UK.
His recent work includes choreography for the BAFTA nominated feature Lady Macbeth, as well as projects for ENO, New Vic Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Park Theatre and Southwark Playhouse.
In 2018 Keith co-founded Master at Arms, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the tuition of stage combat and the practice and continued development of fight choreography in the creative arts. He is currently resident stage combat tutor at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Art.