FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Dramatic Combat Intensive

WITH SPECIAL GUEST, Leading UK Fight Director: Kev McCurdy

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: 6th to 10th April 2020

*one-day workshop option available – see below


A week of throwing yourself into STAGE COMBAT and ACTION for theatre, motion capture and film!

One of our favourite workshops! For our seventh glorious year, the FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT Stage Combat Intensive is your opportunity to train in this exhilarating area of performance for an uninterrupted week. This year we are thrilled to host leading U.K. and International Fight Director, Kev McCurdy, as our guest tutor.

Kev is one of the most active and highly-respected Fight Directors for stage and Screen in the UK. His extensive experience includes working across London’s West End, and with the U.K. National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Walt Disney, Pixar, Sky 1, UK Channel 4 and the BBC.  He has taught dramatic combat around the world, and we are thrilled to invite him to work at our Melbourne home. Kev will be joined by Australian fight director and actor  Lyndall Grant in sharing skills, techniques and craft of this exciting area of performance.

Dramatic combat or ‘stage combat’ is used extensively across theatre in Australia. It can involve anything from a ‘simple push’, to a slap, to a ‘fall’, to a ‘scuffle’, to a full Shakespearean sword fight. For all of these there are techniques which make these actions both safe and dramatically effective – so that the performers can get on with telling the story and the audience can get on with enjoying it, without the fear of anyone getting hurt.

 This workshop is an industry-based experience which will train you in performing dramatic action safely and effectively.  We will work across a range of weapons and unarmed combat, across a range of genres, and with a range of techniques.

Kev’s style is gutsy, free and energised. Throughout this workshop, while learning stage combat techniques, you will really meet with ways to unlock the intention and drive needed to create the visceral and dynamic fights of modern performance. A keystone of Kev’s work is the joy of play, creation and ‘what if?’, and you will be invited to release into exploring areas of your own performance that you haven’t before visited. While you are challenging yourself to work with new physical skills, you will also explore the craft of working with and ‘listening’ to you partner and their performance. The result? Bringing you out into dramatic fights which are incredibly thrilling to perform and watch, while still keeping each performer safe.

So… you will be thrown into training in movement, conditioning, fitness, form and technique. You will widen your skill base, widen your casting range, and enter a network of highly passionate and creative performers. That is, you will have a lot of fun.


Monday 6th to Friday 10th April 2020

9:30am to 6:00pm

*If you cannot attend the entire week, we have a limited number of one-day workshop places available.  Please email our director to enquire about these places.


Dancehouse, Melbourne
150 Princes St, Carlton North VIC 3054


This workshop is created for anyone with an interest in the performing arts – actors, dancers, circus performers, stunt performers, directors, stage management, other creative and crew…


The course will cater to all levels of experience – from absolute beginners to experienced performers wishing to further their craft.  We also cater to all levels of physical fitness and abilities – although of course the more in-shape you are, the more you can get out of the week.



Early Bird: $585 (book and finalise payment by February 1st 2020)
Concession: $595
Standard: $635

One-day Workshop: $165 (limited spots available)

A deposit of at least 50% of your course fee is required on registration confirmation.

We accept online transfer or PayPal (3% additional fee), so let us know what is the easiest method of payment for you.


Bookings have launched! This workshop has sold out each year – so do get your place ASAP.

To join in on this exciting workshop, simply fill out our registration form below. We will send you a reply email with further details.


Make sure you get a text box confirmation that your registration form has gone through as soon as you press SUBMIT. If you do not hear from us within 48 hours, check your junk mail, and then send us an email.

About Kev McCurdy

Kev is a U.K. Equity professional Fight Director.

He trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from 1998 – 1991 where he started his dramatic combat training. After completing a five-year apprenticeship, Kev was awarded Teacher status with the (then) “Society of British Fight Directors”. After another four years training under the Equity Fight Directors Scheme, Kev gained his U.K. Equity Professional Fight Directors status in 1996 and became the first black Equity Registered Fight Director since the conception of the Society of British Fight Directors in 1969.

Kev has been Royal Welsh Colleges’ resident fight tutor since 2005 and has worked on a wealth of theatre, opera, gaming, TV and feature film and short film projects around the UK and worldwide. His recent work includes that with Walt Disney, Pixar, Atlas Entertainment, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Old Vic, Young Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, Curve Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, BBC, Sky 1, ITV, Channel 4, S4C Wales, Sega. Kev is currently working on “Les Misèrables” (West End and the UK /European tour), and is soon to start “The Whip” for The Royal Shakespeare Company, “The Snow Globe” for Shakespeare’s Globe and “Tina-The Musical” in Holland. Kev has also recently wrapped on a movie in which he is both actor and Fight Choreographer and Swordmaster (NDA – watch this space!). Kev was very honoured to have been awarded The Paddy Crean Fight Award at the 2016 Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Conference and was awarded the RWCMD Fellowship award two years ago.

Kev is the Co-Founder and Chairman for The Academy of Performance Combat, one of the U.K.’s most prominent Dramatic Combat societies. He has taught thousands of students and professional performers in the UK and across the world. This will be his first time in Australia and is absolutely busting to meet you all and to share his knowledge.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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