British National Stage Combat Workshop 2022

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Stage combat is an incredible skill to have in your arsenal as an actor. It combines high-emotion acting with precision movements that can turn the quietest and smallest of us into ferocious warriors, and the largest and loudest into delicate masters to the audience. Join us at the BASSC’s BNSCW – the flagship workshop of our company – to add exciting and inspiring skills to your CV, and then some.

This is much more than a workshop; it’s a meeting of actors and other like-minded creatives from all over the world to come together and do something not just different, but collaborative and engaging. That’s why so many students return year after year, become interns, join the BASSC Executive Committee and some even go on to teach. There must just be something about trying to stab people for two weeks that brings them together…


Monday 8th – Friday 12th August 2022

Monday 15th - Saturday 20th August 2022

Time: 9am – 5.30 pm

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
Lamorbey Park, Burnt Oak Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 9DF

Basic Workshop

Weapons:  Unarmed Combat and Rapier & Dagger

Teachers: Unarmed Combat - CT Taylor Hohman; Rapier & Dagger - CT Zhenya Leverett

  • for those who have:

    • little or no previous experience of stage combat,

    • certification in other weapons but have never done Unarmed or Rapier & Dagger before.

Intermediate/Advanced workshop

Weapons:  Sword & Shield and Rapier & Cloak

Teachers: Sword & Shield - CT Andrei Zayats; Rapier & Cloak - MT Roger Bartlett


The Full Fee for this 2-week workshop is £650 but you can make big savings by booking early.

Very Early Bird (booked up to 30th April) is £598

Early Bird (booked up to 13th June) is £624

Or you can pay £100 deposit and pay the balance later.  To qualify for discount you have to pay the deposit and balance by 30th April for VEB and 13th June for EB.

Further discount if you're a BASSC Member.  Check here for further information on membership requirements.

Renewal workshops

Weapons:  Unarmed Combat and Rapier & Dagger.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August.

Time: 10am - 5pm

  • for those who want to keep their skills up-to-date and renew certification in weapons they have already tested in.

  • Unarmed Combat Renewal Workshop will take place on Saturday 13th August

  • Rapier & Dagger Renewal Workshop will take place on Sunday 14th August.

  • Booking Opens Monday 6th June.


One-day workshop UA or R&D is £100

Two-day workshop UA and R&D is £175

Discount if you're a BASSC Member.  Check here for further information on membership requirements.

Further Information

Day One is a lovely, easy day when past students and teachers reunite and new faces are introduced with some energising warm-ups. We’re an approachable and sociable bunch who know the only way through the sweaty days of rehearsals, are good, supportive people. Some days, we even congregate for a bit of socialising at the pub after the workshop day.


Week One: from Basic to Advanced, we’re learning safety, technique and performance principles for maximum effect on stage. To wind down for the weekend, the first Friday includes a bonus workshop involving everyone from both workshops, which, in previous years, has been vocal work and even period costume performance principles. We make sure it is as varied and exciting as possible for us all each year.

Week Two: we take the lessons of Week One to make Theatre, known as the Fight Performance Exam (FPE). The real acting starts here, with your fight partner and a scene for each weapon you will then be certified in, perfected from Monday to Friday.

Final Saturday is FPE day, where we prepare to dazzle audiences and a BASSC examiner to achieve our certificates and be presented with them in a little awards ceremony (outside if the weather is good, inside if it isn’t) before the workshop is complete.

Travel & Amenities

There’s a regular train service from central London stations that takes only around 30 minutes to Sidcup Station and then about 10-15 minutes to walk to the campus.  If you’re coming by car then you can park for free in the college car park.


Our venue is Rose Bruford College, set in the beautiful surroundings of Lamorbey Park, Sidcup.  For our workshop we’ll be using some of their new rehearsal rooms which open out on to the gardens where, if the weather is good, we can rehearse.

There’s a cafeteria on-site and shops, restaurants, takeaway food and pubs close to campus.  There’s even a leisure centre next door if you’ve still got the energy.


If you need accommodation for the duration of the workshop then there’s a student hall of residence, hotels or a range of rental accommodation nearby.  Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee and you need to arrange this yourself. If you're interested in accommodation in the student hall of residence this needs to be booked through Rose Bruford directly so please email and we'll send you further information.  Please note that accommodation places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so please book early to secure a room.

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