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Fight directOR

"Theatre is 'magic'. Magic is an 'illusion'. Theatrical fighting is an 'illusion'."- Jonathan Howell

How I became a fight director

This is one of the most asked questions when I introduce myself as a fight director. I know that when I first walk into a rehearsal room, everyone always looks a little surprised to see a 5'1 tall Japanese female fight director! 

The Comedy of Errors at Mercury Theatre: @Pamela Raith
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The Comedy of Errors @ Mercury Theatre
by Pamela Raith

Rehearsal shot for the Woods @ Southwark Playhouse
by Pamela Raith

It all started with having stage combat lessons in the 1st year of drama school and from the get-go, I loved it! As a physical actor, I loved this form of story telling, the way we can create real tension and huge drama by a make-believe punch to the nose, stabbing in the eye or fatal strangling by simply applying a range of techniques was amazing to me!

Done well, stage fighting can generate huge reactions from the audience, while always keeping the actors safe.

After graduating from drama school, I started my apprenticeship with British Academy of Dramatic Combat and successfully became a certified teacher and fight director in 2005. 

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Pink Sari Revolution @ Curve Theatre


The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson 
@Park Theatre


Harajuku Girls @ Finborough Theatre

Since then, I have fight directed and taught stage combat in all around the U.K. and Europe at various theatres, drama schools and workshops, spreading the love and fun of this art form to actors of all ages and abilities. 

Read an interview about my journey in becoming a stage combat teacher HERE

recent credits

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich |  Romeo & Juliet *as the fight & intimacy director |  2024  | Dir: Douglas Rintoul

ENO |  La Traviata *as the fight & intimacy director  |  2023  | Dir: Ruth Knight

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich |  Red Lion  |  2023  | Dir: Douglas Rintoul

Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester | To Wong Foo the Musical *as the fight & intimacy director | 2023 |

Dir: Douglas Carter Beane

Sheffield Crucible |  Miss Saigon the Musical *as the fight & intimacy director  |  2023  | Dir: Robert Hastie & Anthony Lau


Royal Exchange Manchester & Young Vic, London |  untitled: f*ck m*ss s**gon play *as the fight & intimacy director  |  2023  | Dir: Roy Alexander Weise

Riverside Studio  |  How to Break Out of a Detention Centre *as the fight & intimacy director  |  2023  |  Dir: Nico Vaccari 


Sam Wanamaker Playhouse  |  Titus Andronicus *as the fight & intimacy director  |  2023  |  Dir: Jude Christian 

Wilton Music Hall  |  Starcrossed *as the fight & intimacy director  |  2022  |  Dir: Philip Wilson 


BEZNA Theatre  |  Wipe These Tears  *as the fight & intimacy director |  2022  |  Dir: Nico Vaccari 


Mercury Theatre, Colchester  |  The Comedy of Errors  |  2022  | Dir: Ryan McBryde


Southwark Playhouse   |   The Woods *as the fight & intimacy director  |   2022  |  Dir: Russell Bolam  


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch   |   All My Sons *as the fight & intimacy director   |   2022  |  Dir: Douglas Rintoul  


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch   |   Love Letters the Musical  |   2021  |  Dir: Douglas Rintoul


Queen's Theatre Hornchurch   |   Neville's Island  |   2021  |  Dir: Emma Baggott

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Titus Andronicus @ the Globe Theatre

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