Northern Onslaught Stage Combat Workshop, U.K.

Preston, Lancashire: 20th and 21st November 2021

Time to get back into some high-intensity Stage Combat Training, with our SPECIAL POST-RESTRICTION DISCOUNT


A full weekend of training in Stage and Screen Combat. We will be hitting it hard, learning what is needed to safely perform realistic violence for across recorded and live performance.

Fight scenes are some of the most exciting and dramatic moments in theatre, film and mocap. However, they can also be genuinely stressful (for everyone) if you do not have the training to keep yourself and others safe while committing to your performance. This weekender course will throw you right into industry-level stage combat training, with BADC teacher and Captivate’s own UK fight director Andrew Young and actor Amy Floyd. Through two days of action, you will explore stage combat illusions, physical technique and acting craft; and expand your ability to safely throw yourself into fight scenes as you kick, punch, and scratch your way through Unarmed, Single Sword and Knife combat.

Day One will look at a range of armed and unarmed techniques in how to create the illusion of violence, and explore how you can create realistic reactions that help tell a story and keep audiences on the edge of their seats.  On Day Two you will apply these skills while learning a choreographed fight, culminating in a filmed performance of your scene.

Successfully completing the weekend will give you skills, knowledge and confidence to handle yourself safely in professional stage combat scenes; and importantly to recognise when something is unsafe and what you can do about it. The training will give you a bedrock to launch into further practice, and the acting crafts you study can be used across the board in performance. Above all you will have widened your performance range, expanded your network of colleagues, opened up further avenues of work, and have had a full weekend playing with action amongst a group of like-minded performing artists. That is, you are going to have some fun.


Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November 2021

9:30am to 4:30pm


Preston’s College: Tate Building Dance Studios

St Vincent’s Rd, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8UR


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 anyone dipping their toe into the Arts for the first time. If you’re new to acting or stage combat this is a great opportunity to learn some vital skills that will help you take care of yourself and your fellow performers.  If you’re a seasoned warrior, or already part of our Captivate family, then this is a fantastic chance to brush up on some skills after a long hiatus!

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 concerns or questions please get in touch with us.


We’re so thrilled to be back in training, and we know everyone has had it rough… so we are offering a HUGE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT on our course fees:


Early Bird (register and finalise payment by 5th November 2021): £95
Concession: £135
Standard: £155

Places are confirmed 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.


To save your spot, simply fill out our online registration form. We will then email you back with the course and payment information. Spots are strictly limited, so get in ASAP.


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.

A full account of the up-to-date 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, if they have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 14 days, and/or if they have been told to self-isolate.

We look forward to seeing you there!

All photos taken pre-pandemic.

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