Dramatic Combat Courses

Dramatic Combat ( ‘stage combat’) is frequently used in Performance Capture, Film, Theatre and Live Events.

Captivate Action offers a range of regular dramatic combat training in Australia and the U.K., with weekend courses, evening course, intensives and BADC Certification Courses.

Why should I train in ‘Stage Combat’?

When working in film, theater and mocap, any action or fight sequence inherently has a risk of injury.  No matter what kind of action you are performing, there are two main factors we need: Keep it SAFE, Make it EFFECTIVE.

Training in dramatic combat lets you give your best performance, look convincing in action and respond to what is asked of you from a director or fight co-ordinator.  Most importantly you can do all this while keeping yourself and others safe, so you are ready for the next take, the next scene, the next day and the next job.

Besides from learning the vital techniques of ‘illusion’ and fighting form, training dramatically enhances your movement, conditioning, awareness, and partner skills – so overall it absolutely widens your work potential.


Your next opportunities to train:

WILL HAVE BLOOD – Stage Blood and Fight FX

Times: 5th August 2018, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Location: Melbourne, Australia.

What is it?: “WILL HAVE BLOOD” is a new and exciting workshop in Melbourne which explores ways we can use Stage Blood in theatre, particularly when combined with stage combat.  This will be a fully hands-on day for actors, stage managers, make-up artists, directors, and anyone who has an interest in learning some tricks of the trade.


FIGHT FOCUS Weekly evening classes: RAPIER

Times: Coming Winter 2019

Location: Melbourne, Australia.

What is it?:  A chance for ongoing, regular training in DRAMATIC COMBAT and ACTION for stage, screen and motion capture. The Rapier goes hand-in-hand with Elizabethan works, and is therefore popular across a range of stage and film productions.  This series will train you in the techniques for using this kind of weapon in a dramatic context, and explore the forms in which it is used.


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