Stage Combat - Short Course - BASSC Accredited

Course Overview

The essential course information

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Course Code:
  • Short Course (Term 3 - 3 hours per week)
  • Short Course (Term 1 - 3 hours per week)
  • Short Course (Term 2 - 3 hours per week)
  • £200 - £600
Birmingham School of Acting
City Centre

This course runs on the following dates:

Sorry, no dates are available for this course at this time.

Come and learn the skills and discipline required to perform exciting and realistic fights on stage. These courses help you learn how to stay safe whilst performing many different kinds of violence and how to portray that violence in a truly effective manner.

This is a practical course accredited by the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC).  A constant emphasis will be placed on how to work in the safest and most controlled manner and there will be the opportunity to take the BASSC Fight Performance Test on the final day of each term.

Term 1 will look at a different weapon system from the BASSC Syllabus each year. This allows previous students to return and try something new. This year we will focus on Knife fighting.

Term 2 will focus on Rapier and Dagger. This is perhaps the most common weapon system used in the industry and is an essential part of all actor training.

Term 3 will focus on Unarmed Combat. Punch ups, falling over, strangles and kicks to name just a few things you will learn!

Terms and class times

Classes will take place on Monday evenings from 7.00pm until 9.30pm. Regular attendance is essential.

Term 1: Monday 25th September 2017 – Monday 11th December 2017

Term 2: Monday 8th January 2018 – Monday 26th March 2018

Term 3: Monday 23rd April 2018 – Monday 9th July 2018

Entry Requirements

This course is open to anyone regardless of your previous experience. We welcome beginners and advanced level performers, actors, directors, stage managers, martial artists, fencers or those who are simply curious!

No previous experience is required. You must be at least 18 years old.

Further Information

You will be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.You will need to wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and training shoes with a good grip. 

You may also wish to bring a notebook and something to write with.  A pair of gloves can also be useful – they should cover your whole hand and be made of leather, suede or canvas.

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Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team by emailing
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK

Further Information

For further information about the part-time evening class in Stage Combat, contact Roger Bartlett: