Stage Combat I

The details
East 15 Acting School
Southend Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
12 November 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W412 Acting and Stage Combat

Module description

This unit will introduce you to unarmed stage combat and during the course you will look at moves and techniques that are in common use in professional stage combat. The emphasis of the course will be twofold: introducing a number of safety principles that will reappear throughout the following years and introducing the level of commitment and emphasis needed to convincingly perform scenes of acted aggression. You will learn how to perform an unarmed fight scene, in the context of a dramatic scene, both safely and effectively. The focus is not simply on executing a number of stage combat techniques – but the aim of all stage combat training is to be able to apply the moves in a performance context. The final performance assessment tasks place a great emphasis of the performance skills of the students – and stage combat units at East 15 reflect this philosophy. Alongside punches, kicks and throws, you will be exploring character and intentions.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

No information available.

Module information

* All students must comply with the East 15 Professional Code of Conduct

Learning and teaching methods

Practical classes, independent study, rehearsals.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Practical   Rapier and Dagger    50% 
Practical   Unarmed combat    50% 
Practical   Broadsword    0% 
Practical   Quarterstaff    0% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Gordon Kemp, email: gkemp@essex.ac.uk.
Gordon Kemp, Chris Main
East 15 Acting School Gateway Building Elmer Approach Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW



External examiner

Mr Philip D'Orleans
British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat
Physical Skills Instructor
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
East 15 Acting School

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