Stage Combat

The Actors' Institute has teamed up with The Action Emporium and the Academy of Performance Combat to offer masterclasses and Equity recognised exam courses in stage combat at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.​

We offer courses and classes throughout the year in disciplines such as unarmed, single sword, knife, sword and shield, broadsword and stick fighting.

Our next course

Gain an industry and Equity recognised qualification with our 3-day stage combat exam course in Escrima Stick - one of the stage's most brutal and dynamic fighting styles. Delivered by the Actors’ Institute in association with The Action Emporium and the APC.

Total Beginner? Have no fear. This course will provide you with all that you need to perform a gripping armed fight safely and dramatically. Not your first rodeo? This course also caters for those who are looking to continue their training at BASIC level or who are ready to work at INTERMEDIATE or ADVANCED levels.

The course will be taught by experienced APC Teacher and RSC Associate Practitioner, Tom Jordan. Successful completion of this course and the final exam will provide you with an Equity and Spotlight recognised qualification in Escrima Stick combat.

When: Friday 25th - Sunday 27th of September 2020, 10am-5.30pm
Cost: £135 per person

Suitable for ages 18+

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Tom Jordan

Tom Jordan is a professional Fight Choreographer and Stage Combat Instructor who works in Drama Schools and Theatres across the UK.


As well as leading the stage combat programme at the Actors' Institute, he is an Associate Practitioner and Choreographer for the Royal Shakespeare Company, experienced instructor and Vice Chairman of the Academy of Performance Combat, and is an associate teacher at Guildford School of Acting and the Institute of Contemporary Theatre.

He also runs The Action Emporium, which delivers APC exam courses from Basic to Honours.


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