Short Courses / Acting / Movement

Stage Combat

  10 weeks / 1 evening p/w / 7.00pm - 10.00pm

An intensive stage combat course culminating in an exam with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy in unarmed fighting.

Course Information

Course Begins: Thu 19 Jan 2023
Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening p/w, 7.00pm - 10.00pm
When: Evenings
Ages: 18+


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This course is suitable for complete beginners and those actor-combatants looking to improve their unarmed fighting skills for film and theatre. Unarmed is probably the most requested skill set for fight performers and this course will cover all the essentials as well as build your strength and confidence to make you a more effective performer.

We will also focus on acting skills and students will work on incorporating their fight choreography into dramatic scenes. Exploring topics such as character objective, fight rhythm and staging, actors will learn to create a fight where they are connected and truthful and as such engaging to an audience.

The course culminates in an exam with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy in unarmed fighting, providing industry-recognised certification. The examination will take place on the final weekend of the course.

This year's stage combat exam will take place on Saturday, March 25th 2023.

Please note that The Lir Academy continues to monitor the delivery of short courses in relation to governmental guidelines on Covid-19. For full details on our policies on this, please see our terms and conditions here.

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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.

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“I went into this course with no knowledge of how to perform unarmed stage combat. I learned many skills which I can now use in my acting course. The instructors and other pupils in the course were a pleasure to work with.”


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