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July 15, 2017 - July 23, 2017

2017 SAFDi Nationals – ‘The Winter Stoush’
JULY 15- JULY 23 2017

To be held in Townsville, SAFDi’s Winter Stoush will host the 2017 Nationals and will run a FUNDAMENTAL Certification (Basic) on weekends and weeknights alongside SPECIALISATION training during the day. The Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc or SAFDi, is a not for profit organisation that exists to educate and inform the industry on safe professional practise of simulated violence on stage. Instructors will be: Nigel Poulton, Andy Fraser, Justin Palazzo-Orr.

As a student you will learn the basics or Fundamentals of Stage Combat. These workshops are highly recommended and will fill your tool kit of skills to the brim. You will enjoy this process and you will work hard. Please wear comfy work out clothing, bring water and lunch on the weekends. We will provide fruit and snacks, tea and coffee.

Class Times for Fundamental Certification
Please note: You must attend the full course
Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd

Saturday 15th – 10am – 5pm
Sunday 16th – 10am – 5pm
Monday 17th – 6pm – 9pm
Tuesday 18th – 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday 19th – 6pm – 9pm
Thursday OFF
Friday 21st – 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 22nd – 10am – 5pm
Sunday 23rd – 10am – 5pm


The Society of Australian Fight Directors in partnership with Full Throttle Theatre Company and Theatre iNQ are proud to be holding our annual, National Stage Combat Workshop in Townsville in July 2017.

Some of Australia and the world’s best Fight Directors and Stage Combat Instructors will be presenting our new and exciting Fundamentals certification course as well as a specialty weapons workshop. The Fundamentals workshop is for newcomers to stage combat or those whom have done our previous Basic certification over 2 years ago. The specialty workshop is designed for performers whom have already done the Fundamentals certification or our previous Intermediate or Advanced within the past 2 years.

The Fundamentals workshop is designed to develop a performer’s fundamental skill base and understanding of movement through martial concepts and rigorous physical training. These concepts will be explored through four categories: Body Control, Close-Range, Mid-Range and Long-Range.

Participants will learn to control their body in space with control and balance as well as developing competency in contact work. Techniques learnt will include: strikes, reactions, targeting, safety, distance and lines of attack as well as an understanding of martial practises. Participants will also develop the ability to wield a single-handed sword and a double handed weapon with precision and control.

Presenting this workshop will be Nigel Poulton, Andy Fraser, Tim Dashwood and Townsville’s own Justin Palazzo-Orr.

Nigel is an award-winning fight director, stunt performer, weapon and movement specialist, and actor. He has particular expertise in classical, historical and adaptive swordplay, edged weapon use, kinaesthetic movement processes and combat systems. Nigel has worked internationally over the last ten years, is a classically trained fencer under the tutelage of Maestri Ramon Martinez and Jeannette Acosta-Martinez, and has trained and taught extensively in Historical European Martial Arts throughout the world. He is also a practitioner of Vsevelod Meyerhold’s Theatrical Biomechanics system, having trained intensively with the system’s current custodian, Gennadi Bogdanov. Nigel is a registered Instructor, Fight Director and past President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc, is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors and has been certified with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.

Andy is a fully certified Fight Director and Stage Combat Instructor holding accreditation from both the Society of Australian Fight Directors and the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Andy’s company, Stage Combat Perth, is the premier provider of stage and screen combat solutions to the entertainment industry in W.A. with services including Fight Direction & Choreography, Instruction & Training, Weapon Hire and Events & Performances.

Since emigrating to Perth in 2001, Andy has worked for a variety of companies including Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Deckchair Theatre, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, Barking Gecko, Shakespeare WA, Happy Dagger Theatre and numerous independents.

Film and television credits include Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo; The Shark Net and the feature film Teesh & Trude as well as various short films and TV commercials. Additionally, Andy teaches at several institutions including W.A.A.P.A., Curtin University, Central Institute of Technology, Principal Academy of Dance and Total Theatre Training.

Tim has been a professional actor and movement artist throughout Australia since graduating from the University of Southern Queensland in 2005. He has been training in stage combat since then after meeting his long term mentor Nigel Poulton. For over 10 years he has assisted and trained with Nigel in many forms of physical theatre and stage combat. In 2013 he received the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors’ Fellowship to travel to the USA and Canada to train in stage combat, fight direction and physical movement with Nigel. He has since taught, assisted and directed stage combat for many companies including: Opera Australia, shake & stir theatre co., NIDA Open Program, Stage Combat Perth, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company as well as running independent workshops. Also a performer, Tim has performed alongside Jerry Hall in The Graduate, many productions with the Queensland Theatre Company, shake & stir theatre co., Bell Shakespeare and Gordon Frost Organisation to name a few.

Justin Palazzo-Orr graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Theatre (Acting) in 1998. Through the financial assistance of Regional Arts Development Funding and Arts Queensland funding he regularly travelled throughout Australia to further his training in stage combat and fight direction and bring his knowledge and experience back to his hometown of Townsville in North Queensland. Justin has worked as a Stage Combat consultant and instructor for La Boite, Tropic Sun, James Cook University, Queensland

University of Technology (QUT), Queensland Opera, and Queensland Ballet. Since moving to Brisbane in 2008 Justin has been involved in many productions including collaborations with Nigel Poulton on Fractions (Queensland Theatre Company), Dracula (Shake & Stir), Julius Caesar (La Boite), Macbeth (Queensland Theatre Company and Grin & Tonic) and four Hamlets (La Boite, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company and QUT).

Cost for non-members is $550 (Payment plans are available)
For Full Throttle core members
please contact Madonna Davies on 0476590004
or Email: madonna@fullthrottletheatre.com


July 15, 2017
July 23, 2017
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Full Throttle Theatre Company
The Old Courthouse Theatre, Corner of Sturt and Stokes Streets (81-99 Sturt St.)
Townsville City , North Queensland 4810 Australia
(07) 4721 5433


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