Stage Combat Workshop

Stage Combat Workshop Web 2017

Kentucky Shakespeare with The Frazier History Museum present
Stage Combat with Fight Director Eric Frantz

A Workshop with the Medieval Sword
March 18 • 12pm – 4pm
Artspace, 323 W. Broadway
Special Introductory Price: $25
No previous stage combat experience required
Participants must be over 18 years old.
Space is extremely limited. To reserve:
call 502-574-9900 or e-mail

• You must be 18 yrs. or older.
• Wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and that you don’t mind getting a little messy.
• Wear sturdy shoes with good soles and grip (sneakers, soft dance shoes, etc.).                                No high heels, sandals, flip flops or high platform shoes/boots.
• During the workshop, refrain from wearing any large or “dangly” jewelry that might get caught or tangled or jewelry around your wrists (watches, bracelets, etc.)

• Eat something before you come (something light that will provide you with good energy).
• Bring plenty of water or your favorite sports drink and something light to snack on, energy bar, fruit, peanut butter & crackers, etc.

• We will learn sword techniques from the medieval period.
• We will learn how to write down and record your stage combat fights, as well as a short hand version that will allow you to quickly record your fights during a rehearsal.
• We will be using wooden practice swords and a few steel practice swords. No free sparing of any kind will take place during the workshop.
There will be a 5-10 min break ever hour, but no lunch/dinner break.
• No previous stage combat experience needed, just an open mind and willingness to learn.
• Oh, and come prepared to sweat and have fun!

Additional background:

The sword has become the symbol of power for the medieval period. They were carried by knights and kings to show their strength and power. Henry V carried a sword at the battle Agincourt and won the day against impossible odds.

The European sword has a rich and full history and medieval sword masters developed complicated and effective systems of self-defense. We will use Hans Talhoffer and Sigmund Ringeck—15th century German fight masters—and their manuals dealing with the Longsword, also known as the knightly sword, war sword, arming sword, hand and a half sword.

The goal of the workshop is to introduce actors to stage combat, through a historical perspective. If you are new to stage combat, it will familiarize you with the basics of combat, movement, timing, distance, balance, and control. If you are a veteran of stage combat, it will deepen your knowledge of stage combat techniques, and give you a better understanding of the origins of our modern stage combat.