Performing Arts students get to grips with stage combat

14 October 2014

Performing Arts students at CAVC get to grips with stage combat

Performing Art students at Cardiff and Vale College enjoyed a rumble in Rumney recently when renowned fight director Kev McCurdy hosted a stage combat workshop.

Equity registered fight director and choreographer Kev is Stage Combat Master at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a former Performing Arts tutor at CAVC. He has worked on a wide range of television, theatre and film including Hinterland, Dr Who, John Carter of Mars and Season of the Witch, as well as performing regularly with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As part of the workshop, the students at CAVC’s Trowbridge Road site in Rumney were taken through a variety of fight techniques, and Kev was impressed with the results.

“I had a great afternoon with the students,” he said. “They were fun, lively and well up for a fight session. I worked them hard and they took all of the techniques on board. After a few run-throughs we filmed it from a couple of different angles – when they looked back at the footage they were very surprised at what they saw because it looked like the beginning of a full-scale riot!

“The students did brilliantly and I was very proud of what they achieved in one hour. It was nice going back to the College and it brought back some good memories of when I used to teach there. The Drama Department has a lot of talent and I’m looking forward to seeing some of their upcoming shows.”

The stage combat workshop was organised via the College’s partnership with the Sherman Theatre.