Ian McCracken

Stage Combat Instructor | Fight Choreographer | Actor | Composer









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The world of stage combat is a fast growing industry and crucial to actor training for the 21st century.  Fundamentally it is not about teaching actors how to fight, but more importantly about teaching fight techniques and putting them into a dramatic context, creating the illusion of combat in a safe and fun environment.  It also looks at how the body moves, showing safe ways to fall, react and move the body.




Ian has been a practitioner of stage combat since 2001, training in 18th Century Smallsword, Rapier, Rapier & Dagger, Rapier & Buckler, Rapier & Gauntlet, Case of Rapiers, Broadsword (single handed, two handed and with shield), Quarterstaff, Knife and Unarmed Combat.  After he attained recommendations for all his examinations he was put forward into the British Academy of Dramatic Combat (BADC) Teacher Training Programme and became apprentice to Equity Fight Director, Kevin McCurdy.  Whilst training he had the opportunity to work along side some of Britain's most influential fight directors including Andrew Ashenden, John Greenwood, Renny Krupinski and Nick Hall.


Since becoming fully qualified he has been privileged to work at an array of drama schools throughout the UK including Central School of Speech and Drama, Arts Ed, Rose Bruford, East 15 and is currently in his 6th consecutive year teaching at the Oxford School of Drama. 


His choreography has attracted much positive attention, most recently for his work in 'Terrorism' at the Hampstead Theatre and Blenheim Palace's 'As You Like It'.


"The fight was extremely well choreographed, exciting and fun to watch"

The Oxford Times, for 'As You Like It' at Blenheim Palace


Ian is fully insured for public liability and has been CRB checked.  All relevant documents can be viewed upon request.




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