Bethan Clark

Fight Director

Certified Instructor

Action Co-ordinator

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Our Lady of Blundellsands
Photo © Marc Brenner, Liverpool Everyman
 

HI, I'M BETHAN

I am a Fight Director, Action Coordinator and Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.

 

As a Fight Director and Action Coordinator, I always aim to work sensitively to the needs of the scene, as well as with the strengths and skills of the performers involved. Whether you require a safe and convincing way to fall, an epic, bloody sword fight or multiple gun battle, I can facilitate and collaborate to make action which is bold, dramatic and truthful.

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My aim as a teacher is to encourage and empower my students for the practical application of their skills in the industry. My route to dramatic combat came via my work as an actor. I trained at Drama Centre (MA Classical Acting) and at Exeter University gaining a first class BA (Hons) in Drama. After gaining Advanced Actor Combatant status with the BADC I worked professional as an actor and fight performer in theatre and film. I understand the demands of the industry and the training required to make violent action safe, repeatable and believable. Making the performance the centre of the action which fuels the movement, intentions and interactions is my priority.

 

Prior to my teacher training and alongside acting I was an applied drama workshop facilitator for 12 years. I worked with all ages and backgrounds of participants and specialised in working with offenders, using drama and theatre as a creative and explorative outlet. This extensive experience of drama facilitation enhances my work with theatrical violence as I am experienced at devising bespoke courses and workshops to meet a variety of requirements. Recent clients include York Theatre Royal, Geese Theatre Company, St Georges International School Luxembourg, The Wellcome Collection, Queen Mary University of London.

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The Lord of the Flies
Photo © Sam Taylor, Theatre Clwyd
 

CREDITS

2020 to 2021


2021 THE BOLDS | The Unicorn Theatre | Dir. Lee Lyford HEX * | National Theatre | Dir. Rufus Norris * as Fight Consultant THE LOWER DEPTHS | Central School of Speech & Drama | Dir. Ben Naylor OUR LADY OF BLUNDELLSANDS | Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse | Dir. Nick Bagnall MARVIN'S BINOCULARS | The Unicorn Theatre | Dir. Justin Audibert SNOWFLAKES | Dissident Theatre @ The Old Red Lion | Dir. Mike Cottrell BUNKER | Harpy Productions @ The Lion & Unicorn | Dir. Coral Tarran HAMLET | Central School of Speech & Drama | Dir. Ben Naylor As associate Fight Director for Rc-Annie Ltd: NIGHT, MOTHER | Hampstead Theatre | Dir. Roxana Silbert 2020 THE EFFECT | English Theatre Frankfurt | Dir. Audrey Sheffield MACBETH | Queens Theatre Hornchurch & Derby Playhouse | Dir. Douglas Rintoul THE LAST SHIP | US Tour | Dir. Lorne Campbell As associate Fight Director for Rc-Annie Ltd: FAUSTUS, THAT DAMNED WOMAN | Lyric Hammersmith | Dir. Caroline Byrne




2018 - 2019


2019 HELLO AND GOODBYE | York Theatre Royal | Dir. John R Wilkinson OUR LADY OF KIBEHO | Theatre Royal Stratford East | Dir. James Dacre A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE | York Theatre Royal | Dir. Juliet Forster MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE | Leicester Curve | Dir. Nikolai Foster ROBIN HOOD | Queens Theatre Hornchurch | Dir. Douglas Rintoul BOUDICCA | Courtyard Theatre, RCSSD | Dir. Jon Pashley MOLD RIOTS | Theatr Clwyd | Dir. Katie Posner AS YOU LIKE IT | NT Public Acts & Queens Theatre Hornchurch | Dir. Douglas Rintoul MACBETH | Antic Disposition | Dir. Ben Horslen & John Risebero ANGUS | Avalon Arts at Gilded Balloon Taviot | Dir. Lucy Jane Atkinson BONES | Courtyard Theatre, RCSSD | Dir. Martin Fylde & Diane Alison-Mitchell THE HIRED MAN | Queens Hornchurch, Hull Truck & Oldham Coliseum | Dir. Douglas Rintoul CYMBELINE | Courtyard Theatre, RCSSD | Dir. Ben Naylor & Anna Healey IN BASILDON | Queens Theatre Hornchurch | Dir. Douglas Rintoul THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY | Tilted Wig Productions | Dir. Sean Aydon AS YOU LIKE IT | Eton College | Dir. Scott Handy THE LAST SHIP | Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto | Dir. Lorne Campbell ONE MAN TWO GUVNORS | Eton College | Dir. Angus Graham-Campbell KES | Leeds Playhouse | Dir. Martin Leonard 2018 THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS | Polka Theatre | Dir. Roman Stefanski HANSEL & GRETEL* | Rose Theatre Kingston | Dir. Rosie Jones * as co-Fight Director THICK AS THIEVES | Clean Break & Theatr Clwyd | Dir. Roisin McBrinn MACBETH | Merely Theatre | Dir. Abigail Anderson DWAYNE I GOF | Theatr Bara Caws | Dir. Bethan Llwyd THE LORD OF THE FLIES | Theatr Clwyd & Sherman Theatre | Dir. Emma Jordan ABIGAIL'S PARTY | Queens Theatre Hornchurch | Dir. Douglas Rintoul CARMEN THE GYPSY | Romany Theatre Company at Arcola & UK tour | Dir. Abigail Graham THE CEASEFIRE BABIES | NT Connections | Dir. Tom Hughes OTHELLO | Liverpool Everyman | Dir. Gemma Bodinetz PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT | Queens Theatre Hornchurch | Dir. Douglas Rintoul REARED | Theatre 503 | Dir. Sarah Davey-Hull DNA | National Youth Theatre | Dir. Sean Hollands THE ROVER | RCSSD | Dir. Ben Naylor & Anna Healey THE LAST SHIP | Nothern Stage | Dir. Lorne Campbell LEGACY | York Theatre Royal | Dir. Kate Veysey ROPE | Queens Theatre Hornchurch & New Wolsey | Dir. Douglas Rintoul OTHELLO | Eton College | Dir. Scott Handy BAD GIRLS | The Arts Centre Edge Hill Uni | Dir. Clare Chandler SISTER ACT | The Arts Centre Edge Hill Uni | Dir. Rachel Griffiths




2016 - 2017


2017 THE INVISIBLE MAN | Queens Theatre Hornchurch | Dir. Ryan McBryde BWEEP, OUTCAST | RCSSD | Dir. Martin Wylde THE DEVILS | RCSSD | Dir. Ben Naylor & Anna Healey BOOM | Theatre 503 | Dir. Katherine Nesbitt RICHARD III | Antic Disposition | Dir. Ben Horslen & John Riseboro EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE: THE YORK SUFFRAGETTES | York Theatre Royal & Pilot Theatre | Dir. Juliet Forster & Katie Posner THE BORROWERS | Polka Theatre | Dir. Lee Lyford OUT THERE ON MEAT RIDGE ROAD | Trafalgar Studios | Dir. Harry Burton 2016 SPRING OFFENSIVE | Omnibus | Dir. Marie McCarthy HAMLET | ALRA | Dir. Dickon Tyrell DR ANGELUS | Finborough Theatre | Dir. Jenny Ogilvie DNA | National Youth Theatre | Dir. Sean Hollands THE INVISIBLE MAN | Paines Plough | Dir. Olusola Oyeleye THE GREAT DIVIDE | Finborough Theatre | Dir. Rory McGregor HALLOWEEN CABARET | Twin and Tonic | Dir. Louise Holland HOLLIE CAN | National Youth Theatre | Dir. Sean Hollands MACBETH | Omnibus Theatre | Dir. Gemma Kerr BLUE STOCKINGS | The Brit School | Dir. Sarah Niven HAMLET | Sutton Valance School | Dir. Ben Fewson TREASURE ISLAND | University College School Hampstead | Dir. Conor Abbott THE LADYKILLERS | Eton College | Dir. Timothy Howe TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE | Eton College | Dir. Alice Ford As Associate Fight Director TOM MOLINEAUX | Jack Studio Theatre | Dir. Kate Bannister




Training & Qualifications


BADC Certified Teacher MA European Classical Acting: Drama Centre, London BA Drama: Exeter University Goju-Ryu Karate: 1st Dan Black Belt Aerial Stunt Rigging Aerial Acrobatics International Order of the Sword and Pen workshops HEMA Training Replica & Blank Firing Handgun Instructor Coronavirus Awareness in Production: ScreenSkills Safeguarding within Colleges and Universities: Educare Prevent: Home Office Disability and Wellbeing Training Inclusivity and Unconscious Bias Training First Aid at Work Mental Health First Aid Certification (in progress)





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Thick as Thieves
Photo © Pamela Raith, Clean Break & Theatre Clwyd
 

TEACHING

MetFilm School on BA Acting for Screen: intensive course on fundamentals of unarmed and armed fighting for film for film. Training systems are unarmed, knife, longsword and handguns.

 

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Summer School BADC Foundation Course in single sword and unarmed. Also taught BADC Standard Level for the MA Contemporary Acting. Fight Direction for RCSSD includes Boudica, Bones and Cymbeline.

 

Identity School of Acting: created a unique combat course exploring the fundamentals of unarmed dramatic combat.

 

University for the Creative Arts on BA Acting and Performance Degree in Farnham: stage combat tutor. Devised an unarmed and knife course that complements a module focusing on violence and revenge in classical texts.

 

Wimbledon School of Arts (UAL) on BA Acting and Performance Degree: masterclasses in unarmed stage combat.

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

BADC Certification Courses are now booking for 2022! Follow the link below for full details. Bespoke workshops and 1-1 training are available upon request.

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A View From The Bridge
Photo © Ian Hodgson, York Theatre Royal

GALLERY

 
 
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Macbeth
Photo © Mark Sepple, Queens Theatre Hornchurch