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Ian has been a theatre practitioner for over 20 years, as a fight director, teacher, performer, and director. Ian is a member of the Independent Guild of Fight Directors, the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and currently teaches stage combat at ALRA North, and previously, Mountview, LIPA and Bretton Hall. He leads workshops across the country.

Ian's fight credits include teaching Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Paul Michael Glazer (Starsky), Simon Callow and Bonnie Langford to fight like pirates. Most recently Derby Theatre’s Kes, and The Oddysey, Wakefield Theatre Royal’s Panto Jack & The Beanstalk and The critically acclaimed The Awkward Squad. He has also directed the violence at Hull Truck, Bolton’s, Octagon theatre’s and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. On Screen Ian has fight directed the teaser trailers for Only Us and Ratcatcher, both feature film in pre-production

Ian has a PhD in Elizabethan Stage Combat.

 

 

Ian’s very first job in a professional theatre show was operating the lighting effect that was Tinkerbell at Barnsley Civic Theatre

Ian studied acting at Bretton Hall, where he also discovered stage combat. After graduating he joined Markmark Productions, an outdoor street and festival theatre company and stayed there for about 15 years. A regular stint and fight directing job as Guy of Guisburn at Centre Parcs paralleled this, as did running a Medieval storytelling and music group Lord Flame and the Copmanthorpe Posse, joining Century Adventures history-theatre group, and training to be, and practicing as, a fight teacher.

Ian has been a theatre practitioner for over 20 years, as a fight director, teacher, performer, and director. Ian is a member of the Independent Guild of Fight Directors, the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and currently teaches stage combat at ALRA North, and previously, Mountview, LIPA and Bretton Hall. He leads workshops across the country.

It was while teaching stage combat at Bretton Hall that Ian gained a PhD with a thesis titled The Theatrical Role of the Sword in English Renaissance Drama. and directed Swetnam The Woman Hater, a play which may well have lain dormant for 400 years.

Ian's fight credits include teaching Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Paul Michael Glazer (Starsky), Simon Callow and Bonnie Langford to fight like pirates. Most recently Derby Theatre’s Kes, and The Oddysey, Wakefield Theatre Royal’s Panto Jack & The Beanstalk and The critically acclaimed The Awkward Squad. He has also directed the violence at Hull Truck, Bolton’s, Octagon theatre’s and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. On Screen Ian has fight directed the teaser trailers for Only Us and Ratcatcher, both feature film in pre-production

Ian has made forays into Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling for ‘The Hired Man’ at the Theatre By The Lake; trained and choreographed the Vikings at the Jorvik Centre in York;  performed as a policeman on Dalziel and Pascoe, taught at the Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshops, in Edinburgh and Banff, Alberta, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has directed fights for Romeo and Juliet, Deathtrap, Swetnam the Woman Hater (which he also directed), Tristan and Isolde (on stilts), several other Macbeths, a Lear, a couple of As You Like Its, and a Tempest.