Tom Jordan is a professional Fight Choreographer and Stage Combat Instructor. He has choreographed fights for a plethora of productions across the UK for companies such as Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, The Egg (Theatre Royal Bath) and The Handlebards. He has taught for several prestigious institutions including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Guildford School of Acting, and University of Northampton. He is an Associate Practitioner for the RSC and is Lecturer in Stage Combat for University of Gloucestershire. As a fight performer he’s been a pirate, a cowboy, a troll, a goblin, an elf, a fight-show Jedi and many more terrifying and exciting things. Once upon a time he even fought at a bar mitzvah….
Session: (Fight like a) Pirate, Cowboy, Jedi and Wizard
“I always wanted to be a cowboy, and Jedi Knights are basically cowboys in space, right?” Liam Neeson
Need to know how to duck a punch between musical numbers?
Ever dreamt of being a warrior from a distant realm?
Do you dream of pulling off a tyrannical pirate performance?
Yes? Well this is the course for you…
Join us as we explore fights from the fanciful to the fantastical. Looking at a variety of combat styles and techniques drawing on inspiration from both stage and screen. As the name suggests, expect swashbuckling, wand waving, Wild West punch-ups and the mysteries of the Force...
During the week you will:
- Learn the basics of stage fighting and how to perform them safely with style and flair
- Combine stage fighting and performance technique to create character and narrative
- Explore the range of performance styles possible in stage combat
- Develop the performance skills needed to pull off a character whilst stage fighting
The week is aimed at both beginners and the more experienced. Please be aware that this will be a challenging, physical course and the focus will be on learning to perform fights, not choreograph them!
Tutor – Tom Jordan assisted by Sam Behan
What the students say…
“Fantastic week as usual. Summer school is a great opportunity to push the limits of your skills and knowledge in a safe and supportive atmosphere.”
“Great tips on staging and safely choreographing fights and was also a lot of fun!”