Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Get To Know Your Fighters - Scott Leaver

For your edification we present to you "Get To Know Your Fighters" where you . . . get to know the fighters . . . from DUEL OF AGES.  Because, as we all know, knowledge is power.  As is the ability to kick ass.

Scott Leaver
Roles in DUEL OF AGES:  Dancer (La Maupin), Red (The Pen and the Gun), Assistant (Two Swords), Stage Hand (Egos and Idols)

How long have you been fighting.  Uh . . . the fake kind of fighting?
Since high school.

What got you interested in Stage Combat?
I was directing a show for the London Fringe Festival in 2000. It was a Commedia dell’ Arte show that required extensive slapstick combat and I knew it needed to look fantastic. I had to bring in some experts.

Tell us about a memorable fight moment you've had.
It was the same Commedia show. The moment was during one of the performances. A woman in the audience stood up and cried out as one of the actors was hit by a shovel. This was quickly followed by the whole audience roaring after realizing it was intentional. That was the moment I knew we had done our job correctly.

Favourite weapon (and why):
The pen. 

Favourite Fight film/play:
Favourite good fight: Ridley Scott’s The Duelists. The final sabre fight where both men have been fighting so hard and long that they can barely breath as they continue to try to kill each other

Favourite bad fight: The infamous Star Trek episode where William Shatner is using his Kirk-Fu on some poor actor in a rubber lizard-man costume.

Favourite famous fighter:
Bruce Lee

Role you wish you could have played:
Since I was a kid, I have wished to be a guest on the original Muppet Show. Does that count?

Favourite drink that audience members should buy you after witnessing your awesome in Duel of Ages:

Anything else you'd like to plug:
Our next performance! Bring your friends!

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