The instructor for the occasion was M. Derek Nieves. He noted performing a realistic – but safe – onstage swordfight takes a lot of skill and practice.
“There’s got to be the same breathing and concentration and love that goes into learning a soliloquy that goes into crossing swords so that the audience will have the same journey through the fight that they would through the monologue, but also so the safety and integrity of the piece can happen.”
Southern Shakespeare’s Communications Director Bianca Montague agreed there’s a lot more to it than just randomly clashing swords together.
“What everyone learned today is a much more precise art form than that. You’ve got to really know what you’re doing. So, hopefully, we gave everyone the building blocks to learn that skill.”
And at least reduce the number of painfully amateurish and bogus-looking swordfights that have often plagued the area’s dramatic performances.
This story originally appeared on WFSU News.