Master at Arms


‘Master At Arms’ holds a variety of classes and workshops, open to performers and the general public – find our next ones below…

9th & 10th

Introduction to Unarmed Combat

This course runs over two days.
Dates: 9th & 10th November
Time: 10.30-17.30
Cost: £165  (£135 for Actor Centre Members – you will need proof of your membership to purchase this)
Location: The Actors Centre
Tutor: Keith Wallis

This workshop is available for: Actor Members, Industry Members and Non-members


Our course ‘Introduction to Unarmed Combat’ is a fun, two-day intensive in unarmed stage combat with theatre and film fight director Keith Wallis. This short course is perfect for those who are new to the world of stage combat, or for more experienced actors who are looking to brush on their skills and refine their stage fighting techniques further. The workshop will be taught by a tutor from the Actors Centre’s regular programme for professional actors.

You’ll have a chance to explore the fundamentals of safe and effective stage fighting, learning a wide range of different skills and developing a strong ‘toolkit’ of techniques that are vital for fight performance in the industry. Alongside basic technique, participants will have the opportunity to learn and perform fight choreography, with the option of attaining a basic certification in unarmed stage combat. Please suitable loose clothing and appropriate footwear for movement work.


Unfortunately, due to the current situation with COVID-19, all upcoming Workshops have be postponed until further notice.

As soon as future dates are locked in, this page will be updated.

We look forward to seeing you soon!…



Young People’s Introduction to Stage Combat

Date: Tuesday 27th October 2020
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost: £50 
Location: The Exchange, 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE


This one-day course welcomes young creatives and performers to the world of Stage Sword Fighting and the safe practice that surrounds it. These workshops aim to enable and empower the participant as they begin to learn the basic techniques and applications of the magic that is ‘Stage Combat’ – whilst also learning what it is to be a good working partner.

A great half-term activity, suitable for ages 8-14. Please bring your own lunch and snacks!

*The ‘swords’ used on this course will be bamboo sticks*