Unarmed Stage Combat

Philip d'Orleans
Stage combat is a constantly evolving craft, responsive to the growing demands of an ever changing industry and an ever more perceptive audience. Experienced fight director, teacher and examiner Philip d'Orleans shows how to respond to this challenge through innovative techniques. 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. 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.
Unarmed Stage Combat by Philip d'Orleans

About the author

Philip d'Orleans is a Master Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. As well as his role of Physical Skills instructor at RADA, he also teaches at a number of other UK drama schools and is a fight examiner with the BASSC, Stage Combat Deutschland and the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. Philip has choreographer fights for the RSC, the ROH, and the West End, as well as many other theatres throughout the UK and internationally.