Stage Combat Certification Intensive: SAFDi and BADC

MELBOURNE: 7th – 10th September; 12th – 15th September 2024, 10am – 6pm


The only course of its kind in Australia, this 8-day intensive course offers certification in the SAFDi Fundamentals and BADC Standard courses – which are professional standard certifications in Australia and the UK.

The SAFDi Fundamentals and BADC Standard (Level One) Certifications are the industry entry-level in dramatic combat training, and are recognised in Australia, the U.K., and internationally. These courses train you in the essential technical and performance skills needed to perform dramatic combat safely and effectively for the demands of professional work in stage, screen and motion capture.

Working with Fight Directors Lyndall Grant (SAFDi, BADC), Josh Bell (SAFDi), and Amy Floyd (BADC, APC), the 8-day workshop will lead you through rigorous training in stage combat technique, illusions, forms and craft for unarmed combat, working with a single sword, and using a quarterstaff.

Importantly, we also explore how you best achieve as an individual artist, developing challenge areas and drawing on strengths, so that you gain the understanding, proficiency and agency you need to unlock your best work in this exciting aspect of performance. So we also explore movement, conditioning, rehearsal techniques, story-telling, and applying consent-based practice to free up creativity and performance in a space.

The certification courses culminate an a choreographed fight scene performed under exam (‘opening night’) conditions, as the assessment for the certification. Successful completion of the certification provides you with an industry benchmark that recognises your competency in performing stage combat, that can be used by casting directors and fight directors across the industry locally and worldwide.

The SAFDi Fundamentals certification is a prerequisite for any practitioner who wishes to train towards becoming a SAFDi Fight Director.

*A minimum of 40 hours for the BADC and 50 hours for the SAFDi certifications are required to be eligible for certification, therefore participants must attend each workshop day. Please note that undertaking the course does not guarantee successful certification – however you still will have benefited from the training*

Saturday 7th to Tuesday 10th September, (Wed 11th day off), Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th September 2024

10:00am to 6:00pm

Dancehouse Carlton

150 Princes St, Carlton North, 3054

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 concerns or questions please get in touch with us.

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Amy Bolger-Floyd and Alice Cavanagh

The BADC Standard and SAFDi Fundamental courses are designed to cater to performers of all levels of experience.  We also cater to all levels of physical fitness and abilities, although do note that intensive training does have a (satisfying!) physical impact.

A deposit of at least one-third of your course fee is required on registration. Places are confirmed only on completion of full payment, which we kindly ask to be completed by 24th August 2024. Please note we are unable to hold places without a deposit, and any payments made are not refundable.

We accept online transfer (no admin fee), PayPal (3% admin fee) and Square Online Payments (2.2% admin fee), so let us know what is the easiest method of payment for you.

Entry to the course is through application. We are currently at capacity, however if you wish to join the Waiting List for an available place, or to be first considered for the next course, simply fill out an application now:


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

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Lyndall Grant

LYNDALL GRANT (she/her) is a Fight Director, Movement Director, actor and Motion Capture Specialist who works in Australia and Internationally for stage and screen.  She 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 currently teaches stage combat at the Victorian College of the Arts, 16th Street Actors Studio and National Theatre Drama School.  

Lyndall trained as an actor as London’s ArtsEd School of Acting, before specialising in fight performance and physical performance.  She began working as a fight director in London in 2010. In 2013 Lyndall established Captivate Action Ltd. in the U.K., as the first company to specialise in training and performance in action and Motion Capture, and brought this company home to Australia in 2016.  Lyndall was an actor and movement captain in Melbourne’s production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from 2018 to 2022

Recent fight/movement directing credits include:  Beauty and the Beast (Disney Australia); Sunset Boulevard, Groundhog Day the Musical, Death of A Salesman, 2:22 A Ghost Story (GWB); Cruel Intentions The Musical (National Tour, DVE); An American in Paris (GWB/Australian Ballet); The Almighty Sometimes, 37 , A Very Jewish Christmas Carol, My Sister Jill, Is God Is, Sunday, As You Like It, Berlin, The Lifespan of a Fact, Torch the Place, Cosi, Storm Boy, Astroman, The Violent Outburst that Lead Me To you, The Architect, The Lady in the Van, Hungry Ghosts, Vivid White, Macbeth, Minnie and Liraz, Melbourne Talam, Lillith the Jungle Girl, Straight White Men (Melbourne Theatre Company); 37 (Queensland Theatre Company); Is God Is (Sydney Theatre Company); Macbeth: An Undoing, Nosferatu, Atlantis, The Return, Looking for Alibrandi, Because the Night, Cloudstreet (Malthouse Theatre) ; Il Viaggio a Reims (Opera Australia); Punk Rock (45 Downstairs); No Exemptions (Shift Theatre); Alice in Winterland, The Wind in the Willow, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Rose Theatre Kingston, U.K.); Lohengrin (Melbourne Opera); Who’s Afraid of Virgina Wolf, Blackout Songs, The Way Things Work (Red Stitch Theatre).

JOSH BELL (he/him) is a journey fight director, actor and theatre maker based in Melbourne. Currently under the mentorship of Lyndall Grant, he is an assistant fight director at Captivate Action and has been a member of the Society of Australian Fight Directors since 2018. He has a BFA in Theatre Practice as a member of Acting Company 2016 at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Josh taught at the 2022 SAFDi Nationals Workshop in Brisbane. He has taught stage combat and movement workshops for St Martins Youth Theatre; Melbourne Opera; Dreamhouse Theatre; Footscray College; Wesley College and for Captivate.  He has also assisted teaching at the VCA and 16th Street Actors Studio. 

Fight direction credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Melbourne Shakespeare Company); The View From Up Here (The Voice in My Hands, Theatreworks); Gundog (Three Fates Theatre); Cloud 9 (VCA); Everyone is Famous (Riot Theatre); The Cane (Red Stitch Theatre); The Human Voice Project (Periscope Productions); and Stockholm (Et Tu Theatre).

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