Thursday, January 6, 2011

Get To Know Your Fighters - Scott Moyle

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 Moyle
Producer of DUEL OF AGES
Roles in DUEL OF AGES: Maugiron (Le Duel des Mignons), Young MacGregor (The Last Duel of Rob Roy), Martin W. Horne (Egos and Idols)

How long have you been fighting. Uh . . . the fake kind of fighting?
Ten years.

What got you interested in Stage Combat?
A community theatre production of Twelfth Night where I was cast as Sebastian, and very shortly thereafter working at the Ontario Renaissance Festival- where I first met many of the people I still work with today.

Tell us about a memorable fight moment you've had.
I got to spend a week at a pirate-themed fight workshop in Williamsburg, Virginia, training with David Doersch and Ian Rose. We fought with cutlass and axe and improvised weapons, we swung on ropes, we dabbled in high falls and flintlock pistols, and so on. It was a great experience with great people, I picked up lots of crazy skills, and I said 'yar' a lot.

Favourite weapon (and why):
I love the cutlass. Curved blades make for pretty choreography, and pirates are the best thing ever.

Favourite Fight film/play:
I really love the fights in Shakespeare- he really understood how to use violence to advance a story or a character arc. The duel in Two Noble Kinsmen is heartbreaking, in particular. And Twelfth Night has three opportunities for three very different fights that tell a brilliant story if done right. And Titus Andronicus is incredible. I'm a gigantic nerd for this stuff.

Favourite famous fighter:
I'm really liking Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki on "Supernatural", who every now and then get the chance to beat the crap out of each other. And it's well-performed, and well-shot, and they do it almost all themselves.

Role you wish you could have played:
He doesn't fight, but I'm very interested in Angelo in 'Measure For Measure'. Also, Verezzi in 'Zastrozzi'.

Favourite drink that audience members should buy you after witnessing your awesome in Duel of Ages:
Smithwick's, please!

Anything else you'd like to plug:
I'm the artistic director of Urban Bard Productions- we do classical theatre in unusual places, and we've had the pleasure of working with many of the actors in Duel Of Ages. Check us out at!

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