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: Swashbucklers of the World Unite (Multidisciplinary)
“For my part, if a man must needs be a knave I would have him a debonair knave…It makes your sin no worse as I conceive, to do it à la mode and stylishly.” Anthony Hope, The Prisoner of Zenda
Have you ever held a secret desire to walk in the footsteps of the heroes and villains of the silver screen?
Have you always fancied the idea of learning stage combat but not yet found the confidence?
Do you have you a secret swashbuckler inside you looking for the opportunity to strut their stuff?
If the answer is yes, this is the course for you…
This year’s stage combat course is all-inclusive, it’s for aspiring stage fighters of any age, ability or level of physical fitness. It is as classy and full of chivalry as it is action packed and merciless. Students will focus on a variety of sword fighting and hand to hand combat drawing inspiration from the silver screen and the iconic figures of actors such as Errol Flynn, Lawrence Olivier and Tyrone Power. Who could resist a week of rescuing damsels and dudes in distress?
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 a 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 those with no stage combat experience – we just ask that you have a willingness to work as physically as you can within your own limits and the openness to have a go.