Rowan has worked and trained with us on many occasions and is now well on her way to becoming an acomplished mounted actor combatant.
How did you get into stage combat?
I started by joining the fencing team when I was at university. Then when I did my Masters at ALRA I started stage combat with Marcello Marascalchi, where I met his apprentice, Dan Styles. After leaving ALRA I continued my training, doing various courses, and have been training with ID for the last 5 years.
How long have you been training in stage combat?
8 years or so?
What courses and/or workshops have you done with ID?
Guns, BADC and BASSC exams, Combat Lab, Martial Arts, Fighting for Film...
What is your favourite weapon or unarmed style?
What has been the favourite part of your training?
All the amazing people I have got to work with, all the hilarious situations we've got into, and all the truly uncomfortable costumes I've had to wear!
In what ways has stage combat training helped you?
It's helped me feel more confident, be more physically aware and balanced. These days I get most of my acting work though fighting and this is the avenue I most want to take my career down. It's allowed to complete a life goal of working with horses when I joined a jousting team in 2015.
What would be your ideal job?
Either a sci-fi film with guns and CGI, or a medieval/fantasy film with mounted combat.
Do you have any funny/interesting stage combat stories?
Loved it on Ren
when we first shot the fire arrows, and every single one of us drew the bow too strong and burnt our hands, but all of us were good enough not to move or flinch until the director yelled "Cut!", at which point we all swore and shook our scorched fingers!
What is your favourite fight you've seen in a film or stage production and why?
Obviously the latest Game of Thrones
battle scene was epic, and I would have loved to have been involved in that. The sword fight from Princess Bride
will always be a firm favourite as it delighted the young me so greatly. Also love the fights in The Duelists
, and how exhausted they got.
Do you have any fight related work or training coming up?
Yes! I will be performing at Warwick Castle with the Knights of Middle England during the summer holidays, shooting arrows from horseback!!!
From your experience what advice would you give to someone wanting to be a fight performer?
Have fun, always be a team player, work hard, and look after your fellow fighters.
You can find out more about Rowan on her personal website - www.rowanwinter.co.uk
Or see her showreel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq9ILLla8rk
Follow her on Twitter with @rowanwinter