Cold Comfort Theater will present another professional training opportunity for Midcoast actors and other performers. A Stage Combat Intensive is set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Belfast Dance Studio, 109 Main St.

“Stage combat” can include any kind of violence on stage, from a basic slap to a Shakespearean swordfight. The goal when creating these exchanges is always to keep performers safe while creating exciting stories onstage. It is the ultimate challenge for an actor, to be physically connected to the character while working safely with a partner in moments of heightened emotion, as when Macduff says “I have no words: my voice is in my sword.”

Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher Angela Bonacasa will help performers explore Unarmed and Knife, the most common disciplines used in contemporary theater. With a special focus on performance, participants will play with exercises and choreography to better understand how to physically commit to violence — while working with a partner and remaining safe.

Whether one has experience with theatrical violence or is a complete beginner, this workshop will offer valuable insight into the world of stage combat. A fee of $50 will be charged. To register, email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or