Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2022

We’re thrilled to be heading to Hobart for an action-packed weekend of stage combat training with Fight Director Lyndall Grant.


This workshop is your opportunity to throw yourself right into a range of dramatic combat for stage, screen and motion capture.

For the first time, Captivate is heading to Tassie! We’ve created a workshop that will let you train across a variety of stage combat weapons, techniques and genres, and will give you a chance to get your teeth stuck into how to best perform the action.

Dramatic combat is one of the most exciting areas of performance, however it’s also one of the most challenging. Scenes that portray violence and danger can carry a real risk to the performers and those around them, especially when played night after night or take after take. In the middle of high-energy and high-emotion scenes there is technical precision, choreography, weapon handling, blocking and illusion to juggle, all while maintaining character and story. The craft is in learning how to perform these scenes safely, reliably and in a way that enthrals the audience.

Over two days, we will be exploring the fundamental techniques of stage combat with swords, knives and unarmed fighting. We will romp through safety, illusions, falls and tumbles, acting technique, historical context, form – everything you need to approach the work with confidence and grounding. At the same time, Lyndall will guide you through you need to successfully approach this work in the industry, and how to bring out your best performance.

By the end of the weekend, you will come away with a raft of new skills, training techniques and knowledge – all which widen your casting options and your ability to do the work well when you are cast. But aside from that, it’s just an incredibly fun weekend with a group of like-minded people… who won’t say ‘no’ to a bit of swinging swords!


Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2022

10:00am to 6:00pm


Kickstart Arts Centre

St Johns Avenue, New Town, 7004


This workshop is created for anyone with an interest in the performing arts – actors, dancers, circus performers, stunt performers, directors, stage management, other creative and crew… or someone dipping their toe into the Arts for the first time.

Captivate actively supports diverse and equitable work- and learning-spaces. We also fiercely protect safe work- and learning-spaces for all of our participants. If you have any questions or would like to talk to us about how we can accommodate you, please get in touch with us.


The course will cater to all levels of experience – from absolute beginners to seasoned performers. Our ethos is to work in a way that allows each individual to work to their strengths, and explore how to develop the areas they find challenging. We also cater to all levels of abilities and physical fitness.



Early Bird (register and finalise payment by 30th June 2022): $295
Concession: $315
Standard: $345

A deposit of at least 50% of your course fee is required on registration. Places are confirmed only on completion of full payment.

We accept online transfer or PayPal (3% additional fee), so let us know what is the easiest method of payment for you.


Bookings are now open! Numbers are strictly limited so get in quickly to save your place. To register, simply fill out the online registration form. We will then email you back with your registration information and payment details.


Make sure you get a text box confirmation that your registration form has gone through as soon as you press SUBMIT. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, check your junk mail, and then send us an email.

COVID-Safe Learning

The health and safety of our students, tutors, venue staff, all of our family and friends, and the wider community is absolutely vital. Captivate is dedicated to running this course strictly within the most up-to-date Government-advised COVID-Safe guidelines. This includes requiring that all participants at the workshop have full and up-to-date vaccination against Covid-19.

A complete account of the current policies will be given to all students shortly prior to the course commencement; and will include (but are not limited to) measures such as COVID declaration forms prior to arrival, the wearing of masks as appropriate, rigorous room cleaning, adequate ventilation, workshop content that facilitates social distancing throughout the session, and rigorous cleaning of all weapons used. Students and tutors will be asked to stay home if they have shown any signs related to a COVID-19 infection, and/or if they have been told to self-isolate.

About your tutor:

Lyndall Grant

Lyndall is one of Australia’s most respected Fight Directors, and her work has spanned Australia and internationally in stage and screen since 2010. She is also a Movement Director, actor and Motion Capture Specialist.  Lyndall is a senior teacher and Management Committee member for the Society of Australian Fight Directors, and certified Dramatic Combat teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.  Lyndall has also been the Tutor in Theatre (Stage Combat) at the Victorian College of the Arts, and will shortly be joining the team at Melbourne’s 16th Street Actors Studio.  Lyndall trained as an actor at London’s ArtsEd School of Acting, before specialising in fight performance and physical performance.  She has been an actor and Movement Captain in Melbourne’s production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from its opening until 2022.

Recent fight/movement directing credits include:  An American in Paris (GWB/Australian Ballet), The Return (Malthouse Theatre), #NoExemptions (Shift Theatre), As You Like It (Melbourne Theatre Company), Berlin (MTC), The Lifespan of a Fact (MTC), Because the Night (Malthouse Theatre), Torch the Place (MTC);  Anthem (Roslyn Packer Theatre), Cosi (MTC, Sydney Theatre Company);  Punk Rock (45 Downstairs); Cloudstreet (Malthouse Theatre); Storm Boy (MTC); The Violent Outburst That Lead Me To You (MTC): The Architect (MTC); The Lady in the Van (MTC); Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera Australia); Hungry Ghosts (MTC);  Alice in Winterland’ (Rose Theatre Kingston, U.K.); Vivid White (MTC); Macbeth (MTC); Lohengrin (Melbourne Opera); Minnie and Liraz (MTC); Melbourne Talam (MTC); Lillith, the Jungle Girl (MTC); The Wind in the Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston); Straight White Men (MTC). 

We look forward to seeing you there!

All photos taken pre-pandemic.

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