Roger is a member of the Equity Fight Directors’ Register
Recent theatre credits include:
“We’re Staying Right Here” for Metal Rabbit Productions, “Shadow Factory” for Nuffield Southampton, “Eugene Onegin” for OperaUpClose, “The Three Musketeers” for Iris Theatre, “Zorro – The Musical” for Green Room Productions and “Macbeth” at the Buxton Opera House.
Roger has also worked for Liverpool Everyman, National Theatre, Paines Plough, Sell-a-Door, West Yorkshire Playhouse, 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 feature film “Apocalypse”. He survived.
He has also worked with the stunt teams for “Madness in the Method”, “Once Upon a Time in London”, “The Marine: Close Quarters” and “Rise of the Footsoldier 3”.
Roger spent most of 2019 in China working as a stunt performer in the live stunt show “Newbie Agent Rescue” at Discoveryland theme park, for Mirage Entertainment.
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 Royal Birmingham Conservatoire..
Roger is a member of the British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat for whom he is a Master Teacher and Examiner. He is also a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.
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 then went on to study and graduate from the International Stunt School in Seattle, USA.
He has taught combat workshops all over the world, including Germany, Switzerland, USA, Israel and Ukraine and was part of the judging panel for the Silver Sword International Stage Fencing Festival in 2017.
Roger is 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 book, Stage Combat: Unarmed, was published in August 2016.
A second book, Stage Combat: Armed (Rapier & Dagger) is underway and will also be published by Nick Hern Books.