As we chat last week about his latest project, I begin to wonder whether Nigel Poulton's been working too long with ballet companies; he's got his current company - the Dead Cargo cast - training at 5.30am during the rehearsal week. Now, that's intriguing in itself. How has this come about, I wonder.
Nigel is one of Australia's - and possibly one of the world's - busiest fight directors for the stage. Recent gigs abroad have taken him to the NYC Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington Opera as well as to assignments closer to home like Opera Australia, Circus Oz, MTC, STC, QTC, Belvoir, Kooemba Jdarra and Playbox. For Bell Shakespeare he has been the Company Fight Director since 2003. He's the past President of the Society of Australian Fight Directors Inc., and a respected, meticulous, and very patient teacher who demands the best of his students. I can attest to this having studied under his direction some years ago. Continue reading A system made for actors: Nigel Poulton (Interview 14)