Dramatic Combat Courses

Captivate is the premier company in Australia and the U.K. for Dramatic Combat (or ‘Stage Combat’) training.  Our Australian head tutor is Fight Director and Movement Director Lyndall Grant, one of Australia most respected stage combat practitioners; and our U.K. team is headed by leading Fight Director Andrew Young, assisted by Amy Bolger-Floyd. 

We frequently host workshops with other internationally-renowned creatives such as Nigel Poulton, Jonathan Howell, Kristoffer Jorgensen, NJ-Price and Kevin McCurdy.  Training comes in a range of regular options, including weekend workshops, evening courses, intensive courses, and industry-endorsed certification courses.

In looking for dramatic combat training it is vital that you learn from an experienced professional fight director, who has a proven industry track record in safety and craft.  All of our tutors in Stage Combat are all certified Teachers and Fight Directors.

Why should I train in ‘Stage Combat’?

When working in film, theatre and mocap, any action or fight sequence inherently has a risk of injury.  No matter what kind of action you are performing, there are two main factors we need: Keep it SAFE, Make it EFFECTIVE.

It can be a big ask to pick up these skills ‘on the fly’, particularly when there is a time pressure, and something will always suffer in the balancing act between safety, technical accuracy and performance.  Training lets you give your best performance, look convincing in action and respond to what is asked of you from a director or fight co-ordinator.  Most importantly you can do all this while keeping yourself and others safe, so you are ready for the next take, the next scene, the next day and the next job.

Besides from learning the vital techniques of ‘illusion’ and fighting form, training dramatically enhances your movement, conditioning, awareness, and partner skills – so overall it absolutely widens your work potential.

Your next opportunities to train:

*Please note, all of our 2021 workshops will be run under strict COVID-Safe measures, in line with up-to-date Victorian Government Restrictions*

Stage Combat evening classes

Dates: Monday eveninings, 9th August to 11th October 2021

Location: Melbourne, Australia.

What is it?: a course to give you the fundamental skills you need to safely and effectively perform dramatic combat for stage, screen and motion capture and a professional industry level.  We will will cover foundations in unarmed combat, working with a single sword, and working with a sword and companion weapon.  Successfully completing the course will give you the ability to handle fight scenes across the industry; and will provide a foundation for further training for those who would like to advance further in the artform.  You will have to the opportunity to put your hard work to practice as the course culminates in a performance outcome.



FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Stage Combat Intensive

Dates: Easter 2022

Location: Melbourne, Australia.

What is it?:  For our eighth glorious year, the FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Stage Combat Intensive is your opportunity to dive into training in stage combat, screen combat, movement and action for an uninterrupted week.  Professional Fight Director Lyndall Grant will host a team of respected tutors in sharing skills, techniques and craft of this exciting area of performance.  Jump in with a great team of like-minded students from around the country.

This workshop welcomes students with all levels of experience.



Our Fight Family

We are proud to work with some of the friendliest, most open and enthusiastic tutors, fight directors and students.  We foster our fight community here in Australia, the U.K. and internationally, which is drawn together by mutual respect, curiosity and a zest for play.  Besides from the direct and wider professional skills you gain from our workshops, from your first session you also enter a network of like-minded colleagues and friends – which frequently opens doors you never actually knew existed.

Some of our previous and current Dramatic Combat tutors include:

Lyndall Grant (Australia, U.K.)

Andrew Young (U.K.)

Kristoffer Jorgensen (Norway, U.K.)

Nigel Poulton (Australia)

Scott Witt (Australia)

Felicity Steel (Australia)

N-J Price (Australia)

Tim Dashwood (Australia)

Keep up with all the news on Training Opportunities as they launch, and have first choice on a spot:

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Got questions? Get in touch!

  • Main Picture: Alice Cavanagh and Scott Jackson