Does the script include physical violence of any kind?
Do characters have to fall down?
Do any actors have to lift or catch another actor?
Does the show call for a gun (even if it is a toy without charges)?
Are swords involved in the show, either as a prop or as a practical fighting weapon?
Does anyone use an object of any kind as a weapon (including but not limited to: knives, ropes, pans, shoes, letter opener)
Does the script contain any physical altercations (including but not limited to: struggles, pushes, slaps, kicks, punches, chokes?)
Are there very intimate scenes between actors (including but not limited to: sex, rape, intense making out, groping, fondling?)
Does the script contain any precise physical comedy bits (including but not limited to: slapping, groin kicks, rolling, pushing?)
A fight director’s role goes far beyond choreographing sword fights and brawls. Fight directors are experts at helping to block and choreograph any stylized movement including: slapstick, abstract, and intensity.
Safety for your actors so they can perform the whole run of the show (even something as “basic” as a fall or a slap done incorrectly can cause severe injuries including broken wrists or broken jaw)
A safe environment for actors- this is especially important for intimacy and unarmed assaults as these can be triggering to some people
A fight that tells a story- it isn’t just about doing the moves, a fight director makes sure that the characters and story is conveyed through the movement.
Fight director Meron Langsner has compiled a great selection of articles about stage combat incidents gone wrong that could have been prevented. You can find those HERE