Unarmed Stage Fighting for Improvisers

Cass Rowles (Aus) and Peter Hassall (NZ)

This workshop will give you the tools and skills to safely include fighting and physical work within your scenework. This includes, but is not limited to, punches, slaps, kicks, falls, rolls, chokes, hair pulls, and drags - either for dramatic or comedic effect.

Learn how to verbally and nonverbally communicate your physical intents to your scene partner and obtain their consent, how to make your actions believable to the audience, and also choose an action that is believable for your character.

You will not learn an entire choreography, but individual moves that can be used independently.

Cass Rowles

Cass Rowles

Cass has been improvising for the last five years. She’s taught improv workshops in Perth for the last few years, and runs her own business entertaining children. She’s completed intermediate stage fight training, including unarmed combat, rapier, dagger, German longsword, knife, and halberd.

Peter Hassall

Peter Hassall

Peter answered a newspaper ad for stuntmen and women in 1979 and was trained in the techniques of car stunts and fight scenes, then let loose on the live show circuit as a member of the Los Angeles Hell Drivers stunt team. After moving to Wellington in 1989, he broke into doing stunt work for the local television and film industry. In addition to this, Peter has performed over 250 sword and staff fights and more than 50 fire stunts for live shows. He regularly teaches stage combat classes and workshops, and trains actors to do fights and falls.