Roger is a member of the Equity Fight Directors’ Register
Recent theatre credits include:
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, “Julius Caesar” for Iris Theatre at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden, “Wind in the Willows” for West Yorkshire Playhouse, “Henry V” for Theatre Delicatessen, “Fear” by Dominic Savage at the Bush Theatre, and “Blue Heart Afternoon” at the Hampstead Theatre (Downstairs) directed by Tamara Harvey.
Roger has also worked for Charm Offensive, Faction Theatre, Birmingham Rep and the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton.
Roger originally trained as an actor at the London Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 1993, and has experience in numerous productions including outdoor theatre, main stage productions and studio theatres.
In May 2012, Roger was able to combine his acting and fight skills as part of the stunt team on the Vertigo Films production of “Hammer of the Gods” directed by Farren Blackburn.
Before long, Roger was filming again – this time as part of the stunt team for season 2 of “Vikings”. He loved it so much he went back for season 3 and then fulfilled a life-long dream by killing zombies in the forthcoming feature film “Apocalypse”. He survived.
Roger is an associate member of Iris Theatre, a company who produce open air promenade theatre in the grounds of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. He is also the resident Fight Director for the Abbey Theatre, St Albans and is Master of Stage Combat at the Birmingham School of Acting.
He teaches both Stage Combat and Fighting for Film at the City Literary Institute, London.
Roger is currently serving as President of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat for whom he is also a Master Teacher and Examiner.
He studied Film Fighting with David Boushey and also at the Inaugural Action Film Workshop in North Carolina, USA under the guidance of J. Allen Suddeth and Dale Girard.
He has taught combat workshops all over the world, including Germany, Switzerland, USA and Israel.
Roger is also a qualified Sabre and Foil Fencing Coach with the British Academy of Fencing, and a 1st Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.
Roger was approached by Nick Hern Books to write a guide to performing stage combat aimed at actors, non-actors, directors, people in amateur theatre companies and fringe theatre, current and past students of stage combat who want a guide to support their learning or to remind them of past training.
The first draft has been completed and it is hoped the finished book will be available by the end of 2015 (or thereabouts).