What is Stage Combat?

“If a fight is to be exciting, believable and yet safe, everyone involved should be aware of two things: firstly that though the people in the script are capable of committing acts of violence, the actors or actresses themselves must always be in total control of their actions; and secondly that while aggression generated on stage or before the camera should appear to be real to the audience, those watching should only ever believe that the characters are in danger, never the performers.”

-Keith Ducklin and John Waller, 2001, Sword fighting a Manual for Actors and Directors