UNARMED STAGE COMBAT

by Philip d'Orléans

Unarmed Stage Combat explores the fundamental performance principles of violence on stage before a dedicated series of chapters focus on over forty specific unarmed combat techniques, including non-contact slaps, punches, kicks and chokes as well as controlled contact and the illusion of falling. Each technique is beautifully illustrated with step-by-step photos and detailed practical guidance through the preparation, action and reaction to the movement, as well as the key safety principles, common pitfalls and staging variables.


Packed with a career’s worth of industry experience, this is far more than a simple book on technique – this is a master class in how to create a unique fight performance, allowing performers to reach their full fight potential, safely.

Key coverage includes:

  • Acting while you fight – maintaining an authentic character from the very beginning

  • How staging and sightlines affect the choice of technique

  • Vocal choreography and how to perform it safely

  • A detailed examination of pain

  • Knapping

  • Fighting for camera


Supported by stunning fight photos from professional productions, this indispensable handbook is equally as valuable for beginners at the start of their career or preparing for their fight performance exam as it will be for seasoned professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge.


This will be published in December 2020 by Crowood Press

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