Short Courses / Acting / Movement

Armed Combat

  10 weeks / 1 evening p/w

An intensive armed stage combat course in rapier and dagger techniques culminating in an exam with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy in Armed Fighting

Course Information

Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening p/w
When: Evenings
Ages: 18+


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This armed combat course will cover all the essential rapier and dagger techniques, their safety principles, and how to perform them so they are believable to an audience. It is suitable for complete beginners and for those looking to improve their sword fighting skills for film and theatre.

Over ten weeks participants will spend the first part of the course working on mastering the techniques of the weapons, and then move on to learning the choreography for the Fight Performance test at the end of the course. The fight choreography will be incorporated into a scene in which the students will focus on “acting the fight” including the physical story-telling in fight choreography, responding to what is happening in the moment as truthfully as possible, expressing the character’s thoughts and intentions, allowing the audience to follow the story and getting involved emotionally in the action.

Suitable for actors, actors in training and film extras who are interested in acquiring and developing fighting skills for film/TV as well as theatre.

Cancellation Policy click to

The full course fee is payable as acceptance of an offer of a place on the course.

In the event of a cancellation more than one month prior to the course start date on courses costing €250+ a forfeiture of €250 will be retained to cover administration costs.

In the event of a cancellation more than one month prior to the course start date on short courses priced below €250, a forfeiture of the total course fee will be retained

A withdrawal less than one month before the course start date will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee.

Please note, acceptance onto the course is at the discretion of The Lir Academy. If The Lir feels for whatever reason that a participant is not suitable for the course, he/she will not be accepted. All decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Insurance click to

It is strongly recommended that all participants insure themselves to cover the loss of fees in the event of illness, for which The Lir Academy cannot accept any liability.

Very fun and exciting, Jay is a very good instructor and very precise when teaching principles and techniques. Would recommend to complete beginners also.”


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