This class will be taught online and you can take part from the comfort of your own home. The RCS campus is open with a limited capacity for degree students only to ensure a safe learning environment for all.
This three-week online class for people aged 16+ is designed to provide a practical introduction to the performance of dramatic combat.
The course is led by Robin Hellier, an advanced actor-combatant and second-year apprentice teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. He has led workshops at the RCS for the last four years, and was Fight Director for the Muse of Fire season at Bard in the Botanics.
The course will look at the core principles behind dramatic combat, and put these into practise within specific techniques to explore the illusions they can create.
Each week will expand the toolkit of skills available to us as performers. Through a blend of acting, stagecraft, sleight of hand and physical storytelling, students will learn to safely and repeatably create what all drama is founded upon: conflict.
The focus will be on skills that can be practised solo, at home, and the online format will be used to examine how these techniques can be applied to either stage or screen work. There will be opportunities to share and receive feedback on your work.
By the end of this course you will have learned how to:
- use your whole body to make storytelling choices
- use perspective to safely create the illusion of contact
- connect breath, intent and character development to individual techniques
- safely and dramatically make contact with furniture, and fall over
- swordfight in a swashbuckling style; think Treasure Island, Errol Flynn, pantomime!
The course runs over three Monday evenings, and is suitable for beginners.
Please see How Does an Online Course Work? section for information about how the course will run and Course Preparation for what you will need to take part.
Please note that when booking you will be asked to agree that you have read and understood our Pre-HE Online Teaching Policy
If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
We will be working within whatever space is available to you, but do make sure that you have room to move, swing your arms and legs, and lie down on the floor. Please ensure that the area you intend to use is free of furniture, obstacles, housemates or wandering pets.
Have a bottle of water to hand, and something to take notes with.
While not essential, for the third class (swashbuckling sword fighting), any blunt sword-like object will be useful. For example: a walking stick, small umbrella or 3-foot piece of dowel would be ideal.
Movement-friendly clothing is required, for example jogging bottoms, trainers and a t-shirt.
Agnes Allan Bursary
Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.
The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.
Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.
More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.
Our online courses have been designed to allow students to continue being creative at home, and to gain confidence in their abilities to learn and create.
The course will run through Microsoft Teams and the ‘live’ online sessions via Zoom. In advance of the course you will be added to a class group within MS Teams. The links/password for each Zoom session will be posted with the chat function of this group. This will also be used as a place for discussion, sharing of materials and of course work.
You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions.
You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions on MS Teams/Zoom and to watch sections of film.
You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How will the classes be delivered?
Each class will be delivered using a mixture of live teaching sessions and structured activities for children to take part in from home.
All participants will be added to a Microsoft Teams class group where course resources will be available. The live classes will be delivered using Zoom.
What safety precautions are in place?
The MS Teams groups which host each class group are private and members will be added by the RCS Short Courses team. Please note, participants emails will be visible to other group members.
When using Zoom to teach the live sessions, our teaching staff will be using RCS licensed accounts and all meeting links and passwords will be posted only on the MS Teams group page. Each meeting will have a unique password, and our staff will use the waiting room function to ‘admit’ students to the session.
You may find it useful to read our Online Teaching Policy for detailed information about security and safeguarding.
I am in a different time zone, can I still take part?
As long as you are able to take part in the live classes, you are very welcome to join our short courses programme from anywhere in the world.
Are there any resources that I will need in order to take part in the course?
The most important resources you will need are those that let you take part comfortably in the online activity. You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions. You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions (for example, like you would using Skype or Zoom) and to watch film footage.
We won’t be asking you to print out any resources – you should be able to view them on your screen – but there will be some written documents which you may want to print out if you are able to.
You may also want to consider whether you have a suitable space to take part. Please keep in mind that the other participants taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.
Please also check the Course Preparation section for specific resources which you may need to take part.
What happens if I miss a class?
We will not record the live teaching sessions, but if you miss one, your tutor will do their best to help you catch up and continue participating in the course