We were all given a red-wrapped chocolate heart on entering the auditorium - a little sign of what is to come at the end of the play, in a scene that - until now - I had only read and could not imagine being staged. ... It is worth a visit to see good acting ... and, quite literally, witness the complicated machinations of the heart.
~ Anita Butler from The British Theatre Guide (2009)
The night revels in multiple murders, betrayals, gory dealings in general.
~ Saul Reichlin from Remote Goat (2009)
Ronin Traynor's fight choreography was excellent, and on the whole well executed.
~ Deborah Klayman from Remote Goat (2009)
The production ... at the historic early Renaissance Palazzo Davanzati in central Florence, was a resounding success. Fullhouse audiences composed of native Florentines as well as English, American, and other visitors enjoyed the first fully professional staging of the play in over seventy years... To sum up, then, the production was an especially gratifying collaboration, that made life and art one and the same: we hope that Oscar Wilde himself would have appreciated and applauded the exceptional event.
~ Eric Nicholson / SUF Drama Professor from Villa Rossa Voice (2009)
Ronin Traynor worked with me as Fight Director on my outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He was safety conscious and his clever blocking made sure that wherever I sat (the performance was in the round) the movements looked believably real.
He looked at the motivations behind the actions with the actors and (as Movement Director) he suggested some visually interesting bits of business. He was flexible to always fit in with my vision, and with the actors' struggles, taking the time to have one-on-one sessions with each performer to look at how to display emotions etc through physicality.
~ Hugh Allison from The Yellowchair Performance Experience (2009)
Thanks for making this such a fun production. The fight scenes are just right - the audience loves them.
~ Linda Large as Puck, Egeus from T.Y.P.E. (2009)
Aladdin "includes a marvellous fight between the Grand Vizier (Matthew Neal) and the monkey (Hambi Pappas) that has to be seen to be believed."
~ Francis Batt from The Express (2007)
Ronin Traynor has acted as fight director on two productions I have directed or co-directed, Cinderella and Aladdin at West Wing, Slough. Ronin is thorough and reliable and ensures that safety is paramount at all times. He is inventive and playful in his fight choreography and is able to offer additional support to those individuals who find fight sequences challenging.
~ Lucy Bradley / Co-Director from West Wing Arts Centre (2007)
Just wanted to say thank you so much for your help with the film. Really happy I got you both involved...
~ Craig Murray / Director (2013)
The consistent quality of this production was seen early on in the wrestling match between the callow Orlando and the burly bully, the professional mauler Charles (Alex Page in a 60s TV wrestling cossie). So well choreographed was this fight that there were gasps of sympathy from the audience as Orlando suffers some cruel blows.
~ Mike Levy from Local Secrets (2013)
Ronin served as my assistant on the Junior Grade Award Workshop during the BNSCWs in 2005 and 2006... Ronin was extremely supportive of me, throughout both workshops, for which I am very grateful. He also had an excellent rapport with the students, providing encouragement, guidance and support when partnering in class and for the FPT, helping to direct FPT scenes and, on one occasion, building confidence in a case of near-terminal stage fright.
~ Janet Lawson / B.A.S.S.C. Teacher (2006)
Ronin served as my assistant on the Junior Grade Award Workshop during the BNSCWs in 2005 and 2006... Ronin was extremely supportive of me, throughout both workshops, for which I am very grateful. He also had an excellent rapport with the students, providing encouragement, guidance and support when partnering in class and for the FPT, helping to direct FPT scenes and, on one occasion, building confidence in a case of near-terminal stage fright.
I specially noted the fight sequence during Eye of the Tiger as being particularly noteworthy .... and the scene when the underdog turned hero was classic!!
~ Barrie Theobald from NODA (2008)
As Beowulf tell three young warriors to kiss their women goodbye and put on their (fur-lined) cloaks, the three men in question are wrapping their knuckles with leather. Then the four of them enter the sea serpents’ den where they are faced with a threat far more dangerous than punches: three stunning women (sea serpents) dressed in little more than glittery tights. The nubile nymphs snap huge black fans open and the fight begins. It’s a mass of legs and elastic limbs threatening to break spines thanks to some vigorous dance and acrobatic backgrounds. I now know how Odysseus must have felt faced with all those hottie-mermaids offering him a delicious death.
~ Tessa Ditner from London Alternative Fringe Festival (2010)
Thanks for all your hard work, Ronin, we had tons of good feedback about the fights - particularly from a martial arts expert (married to an opera singer) who came on the last night and loved the use of the fans and the leather hand wraps!
~ Buffy Sharp / Director from Eclectic Opera (2010)
The Black Comedy is somewhat challenging when it comes to the physicalisation of the characters escapades and mis-haps in the ‘dark’ and when the comedy aspect of the play is dependent on the tom-foolery and calamity, the pressure on the choreographer and the ability of the lead actor is extremely high. With Ronin Traynor cast as Brindsley (the lead character) and also the Fight Director I was presented with the perfect combination to achieve the desired goals. With his wealth of experience as a Fight Director, acting talent and high quality physical ability, we were able to have a stunning array of trips and falls creating a fantastic overflow of comedy flare throughout the show. An absolute gem for any production!”
~ Danielle Scott / Director from Forte Theatre (2007)
Ronin has worked at Bodens Studios as a fight coordinator on several productions, including ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Little Women’. His input, training and fight choreography has been invaluable to these. He has also worked as a guest tutor teaching stage combat to students aged seven to nineteen years. Ronin has always built up a great rapport with the students in a short space of time. They have enjoyed the lessons and learnt an incredible amount within the class timeframe. We would always approach Ronin first for any of our future productions.
~ Adam Boden from Boden Studios (2011)
Their humour and mannerisms towards us made things easier and more enjoyable
~ Course Participant (2008)
It was a lot more intense and fun than expected. A great experience and enjoyed it all. They (teachers) were great and helped with all the problems explaining thoroughly.
An enjoyable, educational, exciting week. Everyone was really friendly and pushes you to go further.
Very challenging and fast moving but benefited from this. The staff were funny and easy to approach and work with.
It was hard work but worth it. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
This Language Laid Bare production pulls no punches thanks to fight director Ronin Traynor and the best theatrical slaps, pokes and prods I have ever seen.
~ Philip Herbert from Remote Goat (2008)
Fight director Ronin Traynor and choreographer Lisette Foster contribute neat sequences appropriate for the abilities of the cast, stage capacity, and style of the production.
~ Tara Paulsson from Fringe Report (2008)
Applause for the climactic fight scene complete with strobe slow effects
~ Lindsey / Editor from Londonist (2009)
Brilliantly choreographed fight sequence
~ Imogen Lillywhite from The Observer (2006)
Ronin Traynor you are a serious legend and so is your team and Im going to make sure everyone I ever meet knows it!!
~ Susan E Clarke / Writer & Executive Producer from I Dare Productions (2013)
An Interview with Susan E. Clarke, Creator of Chronicles of Syntax.
Mike Haberfelner: "Your fight choreographer Ronin Traynor - what can you tell us about him, and what kind of action can we expect from his involvement?"
Susan E Clarke: "Ronin Traynor is by far the fighting genius that encompasses our Chronicles of Syntax lives! Not only is he our fighting choreographer but he is also one of the bad guys, he plays the character Hemlock - and very well I might add. On top of this he is one of the people who helped me create Tycan, the in-series sport, which you are going to love!! It’s like capture the flag but with weapons! Ronin Traynor has worked on so many wonderful things, including blockbusters and BAFTA winning games. Not only is he capable of dreaming up the most wonderful action but he has experience in fighting within gameplay. I promise you, you won’t have seen anything like it."
~ Mike Haberfelner from Search My Trash (2012)
Thank you for all your hard work and professionalism on Saturday - you made the day run so very smoothly...everyone loved the workshop!
~ Andy Wilkinson from Wilkinson Productions (2011)
Ronin's quite a knowledgeable, meticulous and enthusiastic fight choreographer. His performance during the fight scenes were quite thrilling to watch. I believe his involvement as a fighter in my project served as one of the many sources of motivation for the casts during the fight scenes. I am very pleased to have worked with him.
~ Ogodinife Okpue - Director from Adverto Films (2009)
wonderful to see the standard of swordplay is better than ever.
~ Roy Goodall from BAF (2009)
Those of us who were fortunate enough to see the Diamond Swords show at Warwick Castle witnessed a truly professional spectacular.
~ BAF News Issue 53 (2009)
BAFTA's 2010 Video Game Award winner - Best Strategy Game
~ BAFTA from Video Game Awards (2010)
Melee combat is fantastic. When engaged in close combat soldiers have a lot of new combat animation. They dodge, thrust, stab and choke one another as they desperately fight for their lives. I noticed that nearly all soldiers engage in personal tussles with the enemy so not all animation is death blows like in previous titles.
~ Graham Clifford from Boomtown.net (2009)
Total War games have always looked pretty, but never like this. Seeing individual crew members of a ship clambering across the ropes at sunset, or a cloud of smoke gently envelop your infantry as they let loose a volley of musket fire is hypnotising. And if they weren't encouragement to zoom in and view your battles at ground level, you'll love the fact individual combatants now really appear to be fighting 1v1, instead of just flailing around.
~ Luke Plunkett from Kotaku (2009)
After playing for a few months, it still amazes me watching the tiny little regiments engage in combat. If you ever get the chance, zoom in real close to the combat and watch your units duke it out hand to hand. You’ll notice your units and enemies actually fight with one another. Also, while watching the sea battles, you’ll notice your sailors trying to take over enemy vessels when order to do so. I love watching them throw lines from one ship to the other, pummel the enemy with rifles, stand toe to toe with swashbuckling pirates.
~ Curtis Takaichi from Gamer Limit (2009)
The advent of gunpowder also adds a new dimension to the battles, allowing players to use ranged combat and fire cannons to break enemy ranks, but with plenty of the visceral hand-to-hand scuffles that helped make the Total War series an evergreen favourite.
~ David McComb from Empire (2009)
The hand to hand combat is also a beauty to watch. You could swear you are watching a real battle from above, as they attempt to bayonet or beat their opponent to death.
~ Reviewstream.com from Reviewstream.com (2009)
Again, it's all in the details, as you zoom in and see each troop participating in frenetic ranged and hand-to-hand combat. Empathy is a sign of a truly immersive game, and The Creative Assembly have nailed it. You can't help but feel sorry for the poor souls they modelled these collections of pixels on.
~ Dan Cheer from Game Planet (2009)
Watching the little men duke it out is a lot of fun to watch with their wonderful animations. Long gone are the days of watching your medieval soldiers swing their sword only to have it hit enemy shields a million times, now its all about bayonet stabbing and dodges.
~ Vervous from Gameplay Monthly (2009)
I especially like the melee animations, all individually recorded by professional stuntmen. Men stab and hack at each other, pushing each other on the ground and kicking downed men in the face. It is even possible for knocked down soldiers to parry bayonet stabs or roll out of the way and get back up again.
~ LonePlacebo (2009)
The fighting is beautifully fluid.
~ Keith Stuart from Game (2009)
To say that Empire Total War looks good is an understatement, being able to watch each man fight and act independently is amazing, you'll find yourself just zooming right into the thick of things just to watch their desperate struggle to win.
~ Odion from ZT Game Domain (2009)
I love the level of animation in the game; it’s deep and cinematic quality. The combat is incredibly visceral and great fun to watch, zoom right in and see cavalry charge down a line of infantry or a cannon ball decimate a group of cavalry as they try to ride down your riflemen.
~ Straybolt from Games Xtream (2009)
Once armies clash, these prebattle decisions generally have far more impact than any midskirmish choice, and it's as enjoyable as ever to zoom in close to your troops and watch them engage. The landscapes are on the bland side, but soldier animations and the general amount of model detail make for a wonderful visual treat.
~ Kevin VanOrd from Game Spot (2009)
Motion-captured cinematic actions have been applied to the units likely to get into hand-to-hand range, and generally units exist and clash much more naturally and believably than before.
~ Rob Purchese from Euro Gamer (2008)
The seamless precision in which the actors choreographed their moves was really impressive to watch.
~ Mark O’Connell from Total War.Com (2008)
It was impressive to watch two soldiers clanging their muskets together, stabbing and snarling while combat raged all around. Even more impressive was when a cavalry officer joined the fray, leaning to one side to slash down at opponents while they dodged his blows and tried to dismount him. The cavalry officer's head looked down and pivoted to follow his target as he circled his prey. The graphics really serve to bring the harshness of Napoleonic battles to life. We watched a British flag carrier lead a line of redcoated infantry into battle, boldly vaulting over a wall and into the thick of an enemy position. Surrounded by enemies, we saw that he was reaching for his sword when his foes brought him down. Mechanically, the loss of a flag carrier means that his unit takes a morale hit, but somehow the game mechanics seemed secondary to the drama unfolding on the battlefield.
~ Game Spy (2008)
I wanted to say a massive thank you for the wonderful training you did for us. The entire team enjoyed the two days and are raring for more! I think that a couple of them might even look into having more training so they can further their skills - since they enjoyed it so much. So well done and thanks for a successful couple of days!
~ Danielle Scott from Forte Theatre (2010)
Ronin has been a fantastic fight director and I believe brought unique skills to the work of Muddy Icon. The short film was shot on location and Ronin had no time to prepare the choreography and worked with dancers while other shooting was taking place in the location. Ronin worked well under the pressure of very tight deadlines, he was provided with no prior information on the film script, physical space within the location, how many dancers he would work with or other choreography, this was all provided on the day of the shoot. He is a talented creative individual with an excellent ability to adapt, overcome, create and has excellent people skills.
~ George Kirkham, Director from Muddy Icon (2007)
one of the best comparisons I can make is to a film like Shane Meadows' This is England, which is another film about hoodlums with a deeper motivation, however misguided. However, where Tooting Broadway lacks some of the character development of Meadows' masterpiece, it quite capably fills those gaps with great action and wonderfully evocative music.
~ J Hurtado from Twitch Film (2013)
Smart, spontaneous, packed with action, bravado and heat, it’s these expressions that you’ll remember days after seeing Gangs of Tooting Broadway
~ Flavor Magazine (2012)
We have had nothing but positive feedback from the agency and the client
~ Gorden Kemp / Director from Liveblades (2009)
Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for all your help and support as well as creative genuis that has brought us the most successful opening ... i have been told by several influential people including leasing agents that this was, without a doubt, the best opening of a centre they have seen! Thanks again for all your help and long may the success continue!
~ Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre (2009)
It went really well and you guys were great with the kids! Thank you for all your hard work. The client was very, very pleased. Thanks again and TOP job!
~ Archie Archer / booking agent from Contraband International Ltd /Gloucester Quays (2009)
Just finished full run through of the show and it looks Amazing! Fight scene is Epic!
~ Tivoli Theatre (2011)
The audience followed a monumental fight developed by Ronin Traynor with cheering, chanting, and raucous participation from a thoroughly thrilled and entertained audience.
~ Max Lewendel / Director from Tivoli Theatre (2011)
This is first time i've worked with a professional fight director on a show, and what a difference it has made. Ronin's choreography was a joy to perform and learn, as not only did it test my technical abilities, but it complimented and hightened the character and story. It's pure epicness beautifully brings the production to a climax and leaves the audience buzzing. Having this experience gives me a lot of confidence going into a another show requiring choreography, and I hope it'll be with Ronin again.
~ Richard Maxted / performing as Hamlet from Tivoli Theatre (2010)
...with commendable stage direction and costume design aiding in creating powerful images on stage; notably the lone, extinguished life in a court of corpses that the play finishes on, alongside impressive fight choreography from Ronin Traynor.
~ Graham Ashton from Pugwash News (2011)
Ref the final fight - "This scene, it has to be said was well choreographed and a welcome livener"
~ Jenni Dixon from The Public Reviews (2011)
There’s an extremely effective duel - Ronin Traynor is the fight director.
~ Anne Morley-Priestman from Whats On Stage (2010)
The savagery often makes for quite harrowing viewing. 4 Stars.
~ Magnus Huntly-Grant from AllThe Festivals.com (2009)
Ronin has a great attitude and is extremely patient and helpful with students of all abilities and is capable of training different people according to their needs and their abilities to learn. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
~ Tom Slatter (2013)
Excellent tutors which I can recommend very highly. Always helpful and challenging with constructive criticisms which aided my learning and praising when things went right. I really enjoyed your teaching style. Really good, do not change. Thank you for teaching an old dog new tricks ;)
~ Fabio Vollono (2013)
I expected to gain a very basic level in rapier and dagger and unarmed stage combat. The workshop exceeded my expectations in that I feel I gained more knowledge in relation to fighting within the context of a scene, which directly fed into the acting itself. Ronin was a very knowledgeable, approachable and patient teacher.
~ Sandro Sotirchos (2013)
Ronin is a brilliant teacher and understands actors as well as being just a fight teacher/coordinator. A delight to work with and will most likely look forward to doing another course with him in the future.
Looking into the characters intentions within a fight was very fulfilling and a great extra to just knowing the technique of how to fight. Felt like I was always challenged and challenged in the right way. Had a great time! Thank you Ronin, ID & BASSC!!
~ Scott Michael Wagstaff (2013)
Ronin is very thorough, precise and helpful. I would reccomend anyone to participate in his courses/workshops who is serious about learning/training.
I would never wish to be in a real life situation involving knives however, having now handled them, learned how dangerous and scary they are and having covered some practical knife fighting apications for a stage combat fight test, I feel better equiped mentally and physically to potentially deal with a potential situation should it turn nasty.
~ Richard Leggett (2013)
Ronin is a really helpful teacher. If things aren't right/need improvement, he will give you advice on how to improve it and what to do rather than just putting you down. He's very approachable for asking questions and very knowledgeable about how and why things work for safety and how and why things work martially as well.
There were a lot of things covered to help improve the fight like: working on the rhythm, working on playing injuries, advice on the acting into the fight and through the course of the scene; normally these would get mentioned on the summer courses, but it was the first time I've ever had a teacher spend time on it so you understand what how to work on those.I felt like I was really pushed to improve myself.
~ Sylvie England (2013)
The teacher was very attentive to everyone, very patient, his feedback was always constructive and helpful. His demonstrations were clear and adapted to everyone.
~ Lola Chuniaud (2013)
I thought that Ronin knew how to handle the weapon very well, and, more importantly, was able to project this knowledge in a way that was simple enough for everybody to understand. He always got his message across. I feel that he took into account all the difficulties and questions put to him by the students, and when something had to be explained over and over, he was happy to do so.
~ Simone Ellul (2013)
Great! Knowledgeable, flexible and able to adapt... Ronin was approachable and friendly and very clear in his teaching and explaining the purpose of the choreography, fight and the weapons.
I liked the fact we were able to discuss and present our own ideas in relation to the choreography, it gave a great deal of freedom and allowed me to think from a choreographers perspective as well as an actors. I liked the teacher to student ratio as it felt personal and focused on us, allowing a great deal of individual attention.
~ Stuart McQueen (2013)
Pleasure working with Ronin as always. Great teacher.
~ Paul Alexander Scott (2013)
I really enjoy these workshops. I find them fun and have a nice atmosphere because everyone seems to be like-minded and has a good time together...I think that you guys know my experience level now and know the areas that challenge me/that I need to work on. They [The teachers] were helpful, knowledgeable, fun to work with and friendly.
~ Christopher Keddie (2013)
Excellent, very professional...Another qualification added to the growing list. Also in a weapon that is likely to be used in a working situation.
~ Richard Clark (2013)
The acting exercises were a welcome addition to the workshop. Having been present for many FPT feedbacks, the most consistent note seems to be a lacked of played intentions. I feel that's because the acting part of stage combat, though intrinsic to the discipline by nature, is often underemphasized in favor of weapon's technique. Of course, time constraints and level of participants skill will always be an issue, but the earlier "acting the fight" can be brought into the process, the better the FPTs will be as a result.
Very much enjoyed how personable the teacher, interns, and other participants were. Workshops like this are 100 times more effective when the people in them are fun to be with. Also enjoyed how the participants were involved in the choreographing process, it brought insight into developing choreography and made us feel more integral to the whole experience.
~ Taylor Hohman / Course Participant (2012)
I expected a high level of professionalism, experience and knowledge from the teacher, and for this to be passed on in a clear, safe and most of all, enjoyable way. Not only did it meet my expectations, but exceed them.
I thought they were brilliant, they were always willing to help you as an individual, not just a pupil in a class. They were able to continuously adapt to individuals changing levels of experience and understanding, while helping you to push yourself.
It didn't feel like a class, it felt more like having a laugh with some friends, but still we managed to learn, be safe and push ourselves.
I don't think there is much to improve on. I had a great time, learned loads and came away with two distinctions! Bring on the next course!
~ JD Francis / Course Participant (2012)
Ronin is an awesome teacher. Very professional and approachable but also such a good laugh at the same time.
~ Amber Pearson / Course Participant (2012)
Ronin’s thorough, detailed approach to the sessions was both enabling and empowering...What impressed me more than anything about Ronin’s work during the fortnight was his indefatigable patience and his ability to tailor exercises and elements of course to suit the varying skill levels across the participants.
~ Fiona Williams - Participant (2012)
It was a great pleasure working with Ronin, what a great attribute to the industry extremely knowledgable, not a bad thing to say. Nothing but good energy. Just wished it could of gone on for longer. Thankyou.
~ Paul Scott / Participant (2012)
I got what I expected, as is written in the course breakdown, but I feel I came away with more insight and understanding than I had anticipated, much to my delight! Some teachers can do the talk, some the walk. Ronin can do both. My experience and background lay in martial arts and dance. While everyone learned off the same page, Ronin still worked our individual needs, which I appreciated greatly.
~ Richard Leggett / Participant (2012)
Ronin is a fantastic teacher, very professional and patient.
~ Ines Boughanm / Course Participant (2012)
Excellent. Informative, constructive, patient, adaptable, encouraging, good humoured, and approachable. Receiving focused and logical instruction on weaponry I would otherwise have no had access to... It allowed me to unlearn all the bad habits I had picked up having lightsaber fights in my garden. It was also endlessly useful to gain an understanding of the execution of safe, but convincing unarmed combat... Excellent value for money and tremendous, challenging, worthwhile fun.
~ Calum Carpenter / Coures Participant (2012)
I had done workshops with Dan and Ronin before so I knew what to expect really. They come across as very knowledgable and enjoy the whole process very much. They're very serious about the subject matter but their easy going attitude makes them enjoyable to learn from...I had done two years of screen combat at drama school but I still felt like I had learnt a lot in that one day.
~ Student Feedback (2011)
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for yesterday. The workshops were fantastic and all students really enjoyed themselves and were really engaged.
They've asked to do it again soon!
Once again, thanks for your outstanding workshops, we are reall pleased.
~ Leanne Phillips / Community Arts Co-ordinator from Magnus Church of England School (2012)
thanks again for last weeks workshop... it was excellent
~ John Carrington - School Tutor from Oasis Academy (2012)
On behalf of the Magnus staff and students I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for yesterday. I've had lots of positive comments from staff and students saying that they really enjoyed the day and are very grateful to have experienced the workshops they did.
~ Leanne Phillips / Arts Co-ordinator from Magnus School (2013)
The school were very happy with the workshop and Berj thought you and Sara did a wonderful job – so thank you for that.
~ Danielle Miles / Director from Forte Theatre (2012)
The fight was wincingly good particularly when it went into reverse.
All in all I would highly recommend it!
~ Customer Comments (2010)
The fight scene was easily my favourite part which fight choreographer Ronin Traynor deserves credit for.
~ Victoria Claringbold from Theatre Reviews London (2010)
The physicality of each character in every scene has clearly been given a huge amount of consideration.
~ Amy Yorston from The British Theatre Guide (2010)
The orcs and the battles are suitably ugly.
~ Jennie Kermode from Eye for Film (2010)
all the performances have a skill level far above that which is usually evident in low-budget cinema.
~ Wendy Ide from The Times (2010)
The stage combat is also done well throughout.
~ Bethaney Rimmer from The Public Reviews (2013)
This production of Macbeth was exhilarating, tragic, intelligent, beautiful and blood-thirsty...The fight scenes within this production of Macbeth are something to behold, choreographed brilliantly, they are almost terrifying. I could feel the adrenaline coursing through my veins, and I was a mere audience member sitting in the stalls. Gone from my mind were all the fight scenes in Shakespearian plays that I have seen on stage where the actors are being too careful and delicate in their movements.
These fight scenes are brutal yet beautiful and harmonious at the same time. Coupled with striking and complex lighting cues these scenes are one of the many highlights of the production. The opening battle in particular sets the tone for the play and is brilliantly executed by the cast of what appeared to me as very accomplished stage-combat trained actors. Most notable also is the final fight scene between Macbeth and Macduff (brilliantly played by Joel Gorf and Costa Chard) where the fighting is amplified by the excellent acting and emotional range on stage, Macduff’s vengeance perfectly executed by Costa Chard and is a joy to watch.
~ Stage, Screen & the Mistyque (2012)
Kudos to everyone responsible for the fighting! When these shields were brought on stage, we thought they were painted in a way that would make them look like having been used in a tough battle before... Well, turns out we were mistaken: They had indeed been used in tough battles! We were sitting in the balcony, but surely, our jaws must have dropped all the way down into the stalls! ;) Macduff versus Macbeth has definitely been the most impressive stage fight I've ever seen, and even taking into account that stage fights come across as more impressive than film fights by nature, I'm sure it still would have fit into any film when put on screen.
My friend and I, we've seen many plays in theatre, but not until last Sunday has any play other than a musical like Les Misérables rendered us as speechless.
~ Customer Review from Globe Neuss Germany - Shakespeare Festival (2012)
It began with battle and intrigue... the glorious seven showed their solid presence in a realistic and straightforward production filled with the metallic rattle of cut and thrust weapons.
~ Dr. Günther Hennecke from Suite 101 (2012)
Bloody, archaic and brutal.
~ Von Magdalena Marek from Westdeutsche Zeitung Newsline (2012)
This is a solid production with amazingly choreographed battle scenes.
~ Von Helga Bittner from zuletzt aktualisiert (2012)
The acting was outstanding, as was the choreography for the fighting.
~ David Barrett from Audience review at New Town Theatre, Edinburgh (2011)
The fights look incredible and there's a huge buzz at the venue in Edinburgh about how much we go for it and how incredible the fights are, especially the final one. Thanks again for a stellar job.
~ max Lewendel / Director from Icarus Theatre Collective (2011)
There is a great physicality to the entire play. The fight scenes towards the end are brilliantly choreographed and performed.
~ Gregory Mersol from Audience review at New Town Theatre, Edinburgh (2011)
A remarkably high-octane Macbeth graces the new town theatre in Edinburgh this month. Icarus Theatre Collective ensures that their shortened version of Macbeth is as action packed as it is exhilarating to watch. With sword, axe, spear and bare fist fighting it is an impressively energetic and dynamic production condensed into eighty minutes. - 5 Stars
~ Victoria Claringbold from Remote Goat (2011)
I was looking forward to MACBETH at the NEW TOWN THEATRE ... and I wasn’t disappointed! Opening with a dramatic sword fight on a darkened set with a full moon shining down on the actors, and immediately we are transported into the world of Shakespeare ... In fact all the moments of treachery and bloodshed were absolutely thrilling, sending chills down my spine, especially when Macduff’s wife and son are murdered. Absolutely spine-tingling!
~ Damian Bullen from Audience review at New Town Theatre, Edinburgh (2011)
Given the right treatment, Hamlet, Julius Caeser and Macbeth can be as gripping as any Hollywood blockbuster. This production fits the bill perfectly. The high-octane opening battle sets the scene for this dark tale on intrigue and violence... The action is fast-moving and unrelenting, so pay attention.
***** Five Stars
~ David Kerr from Carrick Biz (2011)
Direction moves things forward at a fast pace, punctuated with some striking fight choreography which explodes onstage at the requisite points.
~ Keith D from Edinburgh Spotlight (2011)
A brilliant production. Top notch acting, set design and costume.
Full of blood curdling action and loads of emotion.
~ Simon Moore from Audience review / New Town Theatre, Edinburgh (2011)
convincingly choreographed battle scenes
~ Alice Longhurst from The Public Reviews (2011)
It starts well - with a dynamic fight sequence that seems to populate the stage with dozens of combatants despite a cast of only seven.
There are some highlights: the clever creation of the banquet table from a red drape, the chilling murder of Macduff’s family, and the large scarlet gashes appearing in the set that signify the growing body count in the play.
~ Portsmouth News from The Kings Theatre, Portsmouth (2011)
The play explodes into action with a high-powered fight sequence using real swords, axes and spears that superbly captured the intensity of battle (fights directed by Ronin Traynor)...Macduff smouldered and festered with grief at the news of his family's slaughter before exploding into a violent quest for revenge against Macbeth in a bloodthirsty graphic and vivid ending.
~ Robin Strapp from The British Theatre Guide (2011)
Thirty of our fifth year students had the opportunity to experience the magic of live theatre on Wednesday night last when they attended an excellent performance of Macbeth at The Source Theatre. Directed by Max Lewendal, the Icarus Theatre Collective’s production of the ‘Scottish play’ has received much critical acclaim and having witnessed Wednesday night’s performance it is fair to say that those positive reviews are more than justified... The company certainly succeeded in recreating the play’s atmosphere of eeriness and malevolence. The tension in the lead up to Duncan’s murder was almost palpable while other highlights included the porter’s comic interlude and the excellently choreographed battle scenes. It was certainly enjoyed by the students who attended and it should be hugely beneficial in improving their knowledge of and appreciation for the play they will be answering on in next year’s Leaving Cert English exam.
~ Audience Feedback from CBS Thurles Secondary School (2011)
Opening with an intense battle scene, the actors are carefully placed on stage so as to create an almost palpable tension that immediately grabs the audience’s full attention...In sum, while maintaining the integrity of Shakespeare’s original script, the Icarus Theatre Collective’s take on "Macbeth" adds numerous creative elements, riveting emotional and fight scenes, and novel thematic elements to draw in the audience, leaving a lasting unsettling sensation about this formidable tragedy.
~ Anna Brown from Oxford Theatre Review (2011)
The big ‘set piece’ battle scenes were very well choreographed and the murders of Banquo and Lady Macduff and her “little ones” were chillingly staged.
~ David Francombe from Petersfield Post (2011)
The fight scenes were energetic, with swords and bucklers, spears and axes.
~ William Stafford from A bum on a seat (2011)
I just wanted to get in touch to let you know that your fight direction was really well received by our audiences, thanks for coming along.
~ Thom Sellwood / Artistic Director from Quite Nice Theatre (2012)
Using minimal props - a dagger, lengths of pipe, lashing of convincingly dripping fake blood - the actors create a spooky atmosphere where the tensions rise in tandem with the wind whipping through the space, bringing with it flurries of autumn leaves... this is one of the Bard's most action-packed and condensed plays, and the ending comes so swiftly - even to those familiar with the text - as almost a shock.
~ Liz Crosthwaite from The Reading Chronicle (2012)
Ronin provided his services as a fight choreographer on our recent production of Meri Christmas 2006. Working with actors with a wide range of ages and abilities he successfully created a suitable fight.
Ronin was a pleasure to have involved in the project, working well within the team, providing useful feedback and supporting the project through the tour. I would happy consider him for future projects.
~ Kate Allen, General Manager from RIFCO (2006)
There are a few genuine surprises. The first is just mechanical but it's slightly startling when the TV set chuntering out Hindi dramas blows up with a puff of smoke. The second is pretty horrifying when Raul's son attacks his father demanding power of attorney over his considerable assets.
~ Helen Taylor from Richmond & Twickenham Times (2006)
When you view these battles close up at ground level, it really is spectacular watching all your individual soldiers fighting to the death in melee combat as your artillery units fire a barrage of cannonballs at the supporting troops of your opponent.
~ Tim Welford from Coventry Telegraph (2010)
The game has been designed to achieve a new animation epic battle effect of faithfully portraying the fighting at the time.
~ Tech Arena (2010)
BEST PC GAME AWARD
~ Milthon European Game Awards (2010)
Scared horses flee the battlefield with riders being dragged along on the ground while their foot is caught in the stirrup, bodies are thrown or drop to the ground in a realistic manner
~ Starks from Australian Gamer (2009)
Despite a lot of constraints, Ronin adapted himself very quickly to the set and has elaborated in a short period of time a choreography that suited the story, the location and more importantly the actresses.
His experience facilitates a good communication with the director and other head of departments, and provides the actresses with a self-assured feeling that enables them to do the fight.
~ Stephan Tin / Director (2011)
The two sabreurs were excellent; Roger Bartlett and Ronin Traynor gave an electrifying performance.
~ Richard Shannon / Producer & Director from Shannon & Clark Productions Ltd (2009)
This visually captivating theatre event is a wonderful example of how well video and live theatre can work together for modern audiences.
~ Sarah Toppland from The Evening Standard (2010)
You have to hand it to the West Wing Arts Centre in Slough. Its programme of entertainment is consistently varied and challenging. Staging a play like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest last week was not an easy option. But director Ronin Traynor came up with a novel slant on the story of a rebellious newcomer, who stirs up his fellow patients at a mental home to fight back against the tyranny of the head nurse ...(Billy's death) was powerfully handled and if some of the show's directorial flourishes - including a doctor who comes out of the floor in a booth like a fairground fortune teller - were occassionally distracting, the emotional power of the piece still shone through.
~ Francis Batt from the Express (2008)
Very chilling / Effective and moving / A brilliant vision, original idea / Didn't expect to cry, but it just overcame me. Good job! / So very impressed, made my mouth drop and my heart race / Ingenious concept. Mind blowing in its originality.
~ Customer Comments (2008)
The cast’s energy was remarkable, building up to a crescendo in the final horrifying scenes of Desdemona’s murder.
~ Alice Williams from The York Press (2009)
Shakespeare's play emerges in sharp focus in this professional touring production as a clash between physical and psychological danger in the persons of Othello and Iago.
~ Mike Allen from The Portsmouth News (2009)
I loved the Iago/Roderigo scene where Iago goes so far as to use reverse psychology and give the dagger to Roderigo, and I was also in disbelief when Othello is having a seizure and Iago is about to kill him before being interrupted - beautiful choices!
~ public feedback (2009)
The scene I most enjoyed, and was most engaged in, was the final one. Audiences see Othello strangle his wife, Desdemona, as she lays peacefully in her bed. We hear and see his love for her, but see that tales of her betrayal by Iago, have got the better of him. Overall Othello was a dramatic and spectacular show.
~ Sonia Kapur from Maidenhead Advertiser (2009)
When the lines between reality and fiction become blurred in the second act, the production oozes dramatic tension ... As Pagliaccio, Paul Featherstone deftly portrays the crazed intensity of his character trying to come to terms with the situation in hand. When he leaps out of his puppet booth proclaiming 'A clown I am not' it is obvious to all that this will be the final curtain for a number of characters as he clutches his razor vehemently. The hand that brought so much joy through puppets will now reap destruction and sadness...
There is also something wonderful about Nedda's use of the slapstick, a comic tool turned weapon, to protect herself from creepy Tonio's advances. With the fun stripped away, the darker undertones of circus life are revealed and everyone begins to suffer from a bout of coulrophobia.
Director Anna Gregory's production is a joy to behold ... Comic touches abound, including a hilarious opera singing Toby the Dog, but these do not distract from the tragic aspects of the plot's narrative and, if anything, enhance the horrific nature of Pagliaccio's actions.
~ Simon Sladen from The British Theatre Guide (2011)
I'd forgotten what a tight and brutal piece this is. Verismo, indeed.
~ Anna Picard from The Independent (2011)
The feed back with the Young Actors was – they wanted more.
~ Sally Power / Head of Admissions and Short Courses from RADA (2011)
The Icarus Theatre Collective, known for tackling controversial subjects such as rape, mutilation and incest, returned to the most traditional of theatre scripts for their tour of Romeo and Juliet... The biggest surprise was the decision to cast Tybalt as a female character adding a West Sussex Gazettenew dynamic to the script. It gave the fighting scene between Tybalt, Mercutio and Romeo and interesting twist with a gender war you would not have expected to see in an adaptation set in the Shakespeare’s era when men often took the role of women.
~ West Sussex Gazette (2013)
The fight scenes, directed by Ronin Traynor, are handled well by all involved. The fateful clash between Romeo and Tybalt is particularly impressive and bloody, drawing gasps of shock, followed by nervous laughter, from the audience.
~ Kieran James from The Good Review (2013)
The much-performed tale was passionately delivered, and despite its two hour plus running time, never seemed laboured. From the iconic "where for art thou" balcony scene to a suitably ferocious and bloody fight scene, this was Shakespeare-by-numbers.
~ Mark Rees from South Wales Evening Post (2013)
The cast made good use of the simple set design and the sword fight scenes were well acted and choreographed.
~ Catherine Ferris from Shropshire Star (2013)
I particularly enjoyed the cleverly choreographed sword fights and classic masked ball scene in which the couple first meet.
~ Nathan Glasspool from Gloucestershire Ecch (2013)
Romeo and Juliet came to Grantham this week, in the form of the Icarus Theatre Collective. Anyone who thought that R&J was for softies will have had something of a shock, as this was as energetic, rude and bloody an affair as any Tarantino fan could hope for. From the off, the playing was superb, clear, vital, and the audience were irresistibly sucked into the high japes and low manoeuvres of a fractious and dangerous Verona...
... Afterwards, as I was reflecting on the amazing performance, I learnt that this was to be the troupe’s last rendition of Romeo and Juliet. This saddened me, as I would love to see it again. I’ll miss the swordfights, the laughs, the tears . . . Oh well, I shall just have to go to the next show by this freshest, most inventive and passionate of troupes, the Icarus Theatre Collective.
Review: Romeo and Juliet, Icarus Theatre Collective, Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham. 23rd May 2013
~ Mark Neal from Migrant Press (2013)
A rollercoaster rendering of the play that dragged the audience on a fast-paced soul-stirring ride for two heart-rending hours. Hope for peace between the Capulets and the Montagues was established at the dance where Romeo and Juliet first meet, but before you could say “this is going to go so wrong”, Tybalt is lying dead on the stage and the fading embers of hatred between the opposing families is sparked into a fiery inferno once again. None of the frilly bits get in the way –– we were served the raw romance, action, and tragedy in speedy succession.
~ Jeeves Williams from Team Locals (2012)
Just wanted to drop a line to say how brilliant we thought your performance was of Romeo and Juliet last night (Worthing 21/9).
We were the group in the majority of the front row , made up of children from ten to six years old and their mums . Your electrifying performance held every child and adult's attention for the whole evening. The children followed the story clearly because you made it so explicit and accessible to them. The energy that every performer put into their performance was amazing. The boys loved the violence however you also held their attention with the romance and tragedy. The girls were enthralled throughout... The girls' favourite was Tybalt.
Our children were very lucky to have you as their first experience of Shakepeare. You created so many magical moments in the play in which we felt the atmosphere of love, fun, turmoil, darkness and death - so we experienced the play as well as observing it.
~ Alexis Dowglass (2012)
My parents went to see 'R&J' in Taunton (Brewhouse Theatre) last week and loved the show, in particular the fights.
They were very impressed with the choreography so thought I would pass on their congratulations to you as Icarus' fight director.
~ Michelle Goessen (2012)
Their youth brought energy and urgency to the play in a way that I had not seen before. Interestingly, the company had cast a woman in the role of Tybalt, which brought a new ferocity to the sword-fighting scenes.
~ Lucy Ruthnum from Lynn News (2012)
The fight scenes between Mercutio and Tybalt are extraordinary, especially so when you take into account the shoe-box sized stage and the length of an Elizabethan longsword. I was indeed very close to the cut and thrust sitting in the Coleman Box, which is almost on the stage. The company had already thought about this fact as they’d kindly left a message for me at the box-office. I wasn’t to worry about the fight scenes, they advised, although they looked scary; they were confident that I wouldn’t need to have an ambulance on stand by.
~ Helen Brown from British Theatre Guide (2012)
The swordfighting scenes were fast and furious, and Romeo’s vengeful murder of Tibalt was gruesomely executed amid a fountain of blood.
~ Christina McIntyre from Darlington and Stockton Time (2012)
Major thanks to everyone for getting this fight sequence staged and filmed(And particular thanks to Ronin for coordinating these fights safely!).
~ John Dowell / Producer from Digital Illusion Productions. (2013)
Ronin Traynor was recruited by Slough Young Peoples Centre and Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company to choreograph and train young actors in a key combat scenario within the production ‘Sex, Drugs and Last Minute Goals’ by local writer Mathew Carvalho.
Ronin successfully created a stylish but simple sequence that was effective in creating an atmosphere exploding with violence that was safe and in control. Working with hard to reach young people can be difficult but Ronin engaged easily with the actors and was encouraging and challenging at all times. The actors trusted his training and consequently took direction from him well.
I would not hesitate in hiring Ronin for further youth or professional work due to his commitment, talent, approach and dedication. Ronin was detailed in his critique and professional at all times. I look forward to an opportunity to take this partnership further.
~ Sarah Jones, Director from Mess Up the Mess (2004)
Artistic, formidable, and action packed, this remarkable strategy game is the best Total War yet.
~ Daniel Shannon from Game Spot (2011)
Thrilling clashes between massive armies... Nobody does big battles as well as Creative Assembly. In Shogun 2 the studio delivers a masterful blend of visuals and satisfying gameplay, a result of years of experience refining the Total War formula.
~ Charles Onyett from IGN (2011)
You see your warriors as if they are samurai with great skill. Movement and choreography for your small Total War soldiers is really inspiring !
~ Hakkology from Game Spot (2011)
Although each troop may appear tiny from the overhead viewpoint, zooming in reveals them to be rich in detail and fluidly animated. You can really see this when battles kick off, as each soldier lets loose with a flourish of graceful sword fights and choreographed manoeuvres. Shogun 2 is simply a stunning achievement.
~ Dave Cook from Now Gamer (2011)
Thousands and thousands of individual units take part in these fastidiously detailed skirmishes, making for one of the greatest spectacles in videogames.
~ Kelly MacDonald from The Observer (2011)
During our demo, we saw two ranks of katana samurai battling with each other and it looked even better than the thrilling combat in Empire. Add in support for up to 56,000 units in a single battle, and it's clear to see just how ambitious Shogun 2 really is.
~ Steve Butts from IGN Entertainment Games (2010)
We had a marquee failure during a freak thunder storm on Friday night so things weren’t as planned but Ronin and Gemma were fab. Our youth theatre really enjoyed the workshops.
The show over all has been a great success with 17K people attending over the two days and we’re already talking about organising next years event!
~ David Cooper from Kings Theatre & Southsea Show organiser (2013)
The predominantly youthful cast grew, learned, and in some cases died together, in a powerful, gripping show that didn't shy away from its subject matter. In fact, far from being subtle, it practically beat the audience across the head with its message, by graphically depicting beatings and attacks live on-stage.
I have to say it was fabulous fun...... and a real eye opener to discover some of the tricks of the trade. Dita and Ronin were exceptionally talented at fooling us into believing they were beating the living daylights out of each other!
~ Keith Ackerman / Workshop participant (2011)
Wasting no time the cast then hurl themselves into telling ‘The Knight’s Tale’, with Harry Napier’s Arcité and Matt Salisbury’s Palamon battling it out so violently that you fear for their safety, that is until you realise that they wield violin bows as weapons and cymbals as shields.
~ Lois Jeary from Exeunt Magazine (2011)
The fight scene between Harry Napier and Matt Salisbury using a violin bow and cymbals was very funny and effective.
~ Elizabeth Vile from The Public Reviews (2011)
In narrating and acting out six of the Tales, the cast are fighting one minute, then singing, then carousing, then killing, then kissing and they do all those things and more with the joyous celebration of human fallibility that courses through all the stories.
~ Gary Naylor from Broadway World (2011)
Thank you Ronin for your dedication and hard work on our production. I know all the actors appreciated your experience and humour to get through the wide range of weapons and fight challenges this play needs. We all feel a lot more relaxed with this work under our belt and couldn't have done it without your sensitive approach to the text and characters and now the actors feel confident to get on with the rest of their work. I couldn't be happier.
~ Aaron Paterson / Director (2010)
It was really important that the fight sequence looked real and threatening. It had to seem like a situation where most people would walk away and to create this we contacted Independent Drama. They have great experience in stage combat and did a phenomenal job choreographing and executing the fight sequence. It would be a pleasure to work with them again on a later project.
~ Andreas Reksten / Director (2010)
Ronin made an invaluable contribution to the show with his exciting one-on-one fight with another actor – combatant. He devised a single-handed broadsword fight that was exciting and realistic. Feedback from audience members said that they were literally on the edge of their seats. He coped brilliantly with the added challenge of choreographing a scene for a thrust stage, with the audience on three sides of it. This seating arrangement makes it very difficult to conceal knaps and pulled moves but Ronin’s fluid, circular choreography handled this superbly.
He rapidly adapted some aspects of the choreography in order to fit in with the other fights and the demands of the music that was under-scoring the scene. He was very easy to work with, obliging and flexible.
He willingly participated in another scene (Beowulf’s funeral) and was a real team player. The actors were quick to tell me of their appreciation of his skill and contributions to the show, as well as his personal qualities.
~ Lindsay Lohan, Associate Director from Travesty Theatre Company (2006)
Your advice came in very useful indeed. We imparted everything you taught us to the presenter and tried to apply it to the planning of the shots and it definitely helped it to look good and for everyone to feel safe.
~ Lucy Haken / Assistant Producer from Lion Television (2011)
Hi Ronin. Thank you for the care and attention that you put in the Combat workshop this weekend. It was a really interesting experience. I hadn't appreciated what skill and mastery there is in stage/screen combat. For me it was a real exercise in being present to the moment, I look forward to playing with some of the simpler moves and incorporating them into my Transformation performance at the end of the month.
~ Anne k Scott from Crossing Frontiers (2010)
Very realistic fighting. The costumes and weapons are true to their times. The kids really got into cheering for our knight!!! (We had to keep explaining afterwards that these knights weren't actually killed, it looked so real!!
~ Arvinda Bala / Customer (2011)
... and knights who fought in the middle of the floor much to the delight of the crowd.
~ Customer (2011)
I've been to Medieval Times in Orlando but this place kicks butt. What a great night! I was over in London for a vacation and Saturday night was wild. I've been to Medieval Times in Orlando but this place kicks butt. Sure there are no horses but the fighting is authentic and the music is cool.
~ Customer Review (2011)
I had cast Ronin as one of my street thugs, looking at his extensive background in fight training helped me when casting him for the part.
From the beginning I had a clear vision of what I perceived from the fight scene in the film, Ronin not only conducted himself in a very professional manner, his input was also very helpful when it came to the realism of the scene.
He offered up a plethora of positive ideas helping to make my experience of choreographing a pleasant one, he worked very well with all of the team on set adjusting amazingly to anything that needed to be changed at the last minute, all the while not compromising his performance or the effect of the scene.
There were a couple of times where I asked quite a lot of him, like to take kicks dangerously close to his face in order to get a certain shot, and not only did he oblige but he helped with camera angles in which to make it look as real as possible.
All in all he was prompt, on time and a consummate professional both on set and during the chorography and was a pleasure to work with.
~ Jamie Montgomery (2006)
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~ Awards (2012)
Though I won't reveal the details, there's a strangulation scene which is exceptionally realistic – presumably orchestrated by fight director Ronin Traynor. ... I seldom see a production that I'd like to see again, but with 'The Woman Before' I would have happily sat through the whole thing again immediately.
~ Peter Brown from London Theatre (2009)
Student comments on teaching: "Very well informed, high calibre" / "Very well taught" / "Very good".
~ Course students (2012)
Thank you so much for coming to do the workshop, I speak for everyone in saying it was completely spectacular!
Not only is your advice invaluable, but I believe what is particularly appreciated is the non-patronising approach you take in teaching us, which makes the lessons fun as well as informative.
~ Isabel Ogilvie-Smith / Producer from RicNic (2012)
Thank you for taking the time to show us your moves! It was one of the best rehearsals I've ever had, both exciting and challenging not to mention very very scary with those knives. Looked like you were enjoying yourself just as much as we were. Here's to an extremely patient teacher and mentor... a million thanks! I hope we make you proud... we couldn't have done it without you.
~ Jeffrey Chinappen (performing as Bernardo) from Epsom Players (2010)
I really enjoyed the day. Ronin was very professional, very charming and friendly. We learned a huge amount in such a short space of time, and by the time we were done, felt super-confidant about performing it in front of a live audience. We worked hard and I definitely lost a couple of pounds in sweat! Highly recommended.
~ John Sutherland (performing as Riff) from Epsom Players (2010)
Ronin Rocks! The fight sequences are such a crucial part of this show and his advice, support and safety tips, which helped make us look so proficient at stage-fighting, are much appreciated.
C'mon the Sharks! Habra an attaque tonight....
~ Dalton Leong (performing as Luis) from Epsom Players (2010)
Ronin is a true professional and was a pleasure to work with during our rehearsals for West Side Story. He explained the techniques of stage fighting clearly and concisely,and ran some excellent workshops on both non-contact and contact fighting. In addition, his excellent choreography ensured that fight sequences not only looked extremely realistic, but were entirely safe.
~ James Tarbitt (performing as Moose) from Epsom Players (2010)
I had a fantastic time during our session with Ronin and really feel I learnt a lot from him. I'd had a few sessions on stage fighting when I was younger but nothing as in-depth and exciting as the stuff we did with Ronin. He made sure we were all happy with what we were doing and was really keen on making sure everything looked as realistic as possible, and judging by the reactions of the rest of the cast and the audiences, he did a fantastic job at the too. Thanks a lot!
~ Jan (Ziggi) Szafranski (performing as Chino) from Epsom Players (2010)
I thought the fight training was really well executed. It was clear from the start that the aim was to make everything look as realistic as possible, but the primary focus was always safety. The show had 2 fight scenes and at no point did I feel in any danger - I would attribute this to the informative training we had which was delivered in a positive way.
~ Jonathan Ford (performing as Baby John) from Epsom Players (2010)
Since opening in September 2005, the West Wing has booked Ronin Traynor to run stage combat workshops.
All the workshops have been extremely well received by the participants ranging in ages 14 – 70 yrs. The workshops have been well structured and pitched correctly for the participants’ ability and experience. The general consensus amongst participants was that the workshops were; great fun, built confidence and developed existing skills.
Ronin Traynor is a pleasure to work with, and the West Wing will continue to book his fantastic workshops in the future. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any venue.
~ Yasmin Gurreeboo / Manager from West Wing Arts Centre (2006)
Particularly liked 'selling' the action.
It was action packed, so much fun and well taught. Thank you. I enjoyed myself tremendously.
I learnt a lot of new skills that will help me whenever I do anything drama related. It was very fun and worthwhile.
Ronin gave brillian instructions, easy to follow.
Hope to carefully and thoughtfully use a slap in my next local am-dram production
Made me confident. Great fun and new skills.
Ronin's workshop was fun, my confidence grew from week to week. I got more out of the workshop than expected.
~ Introduction to Stage Combat course participants (2006)
I liked the intense short course. Clear explanation and supportive hanbdouts. Non-stop excitement!
Really liked performing the pirates scene. It was good to use real props instead of toy swords.
~ Introduction to Small Sword course participants (2006)