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Established in 2005 by Fight and Intimacy Directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown, Rc-Annie Ltd is the UK’s leading dramatic violence company. Every aspect of Rc-Annie Ltd has been thoughtfully created and lovingly developed. Rachel and Ruth are passionate and committed to furthering the art of Stage Combat by offering excellent training, creative and innovative Fight Direction/Action Co-ordination and reliable Dramatic Violence solutions for Stage and Screen. Whether they are working on Intimacy direction or epic battle scene they are known for their sensitive and respectful approach.

Both Rachel and Ruth come from performing backgrounds; Rachel having trained as an actress at Rose Bruford College and Ruth as a performer, variety artist and technician. Both were drawn to Stage Combat via performance, training with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat as Teachers and Examiners, both have served on the committee with Ruth as Chairperson for 6 years. 

WHO WE ARE

RACHEL CRISTI BOWN-WILLIAMS

Founder, Fight Director, Intimacy Director, Fight Instructor, Examiner

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  • HEIGHT

  • 5ft 5.5 inches (recurring)

  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health First Aider
    Understanding Sexual Violence for Artists and Arts Organisations (SARSAS & Contra)
    ScreenSkills - Coronavirus basic awareness on production training
    British Academy of Dramatic Combat Certified Teacher
    BADC Examiner
    Black belt Shotokan Karate
    Fencing: 5* Epee, Sabre Level 1 coaching: Foil
    Intermediate Tactical Knife (AoC)
    BA Acting (Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama)
    Tactical Firearms (Primlus Pilus)
    UK Rigging For the Entertainment industry
    Aerial and Stunt Rigging (Stunt360)
  • LICENCES

  • UK Driving License, Powered Access Licence for Mobile Boom (3B)
  • MEMBERSHIPS

  • BADC, Intimacy Practitioners Guild, Equity, WFTV
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

  • 7lbs something
  • CHARACTERISTICS

  • Tough, cute, loveable and scary
  • POWERS

  • Flying Volte and Deathstare
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

  • Poor, likely to get lost in a classroom, always in a theatre

RUTH COOPER-BROWN

Founder, Fight Director, Intimacy Director, Fight Instructor, Examiner

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  • HEIGHT

  • 5ft 4 and a half inches

  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Mental Health First Aider
    Understanding Sexual Violence for Artists and Arts Organisations (SARSAS & Contra)
    ScreenSkills - Coronavirus Basic Awareness on production training
    NSPCC certificate - Safeguarding Children 16-25 England & Wales
    Emergency First Aid at work
    DBS
    British Academy of Dramatic Combat Certified Teacher
    BADC Examiner
    Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS)
    BAF Level 1 Fencing coach in foil. Fencing Foil & Epee 5 Star
    Tactical Firearms (Primlus Pilus)
    Intermediate Tactical Knife (AoC)
    Aerial and Stunt Rigging (Stunt360)
    UK Rigging For the Entertainment industry
    Boxing
  • LICENCES

  • UK Driving License, Powered Access Licence for Mobile Boom (3B)
  • MEMBERSHIPS

  • BADC, Intimacy Practitioners Guild, Equity, WFTV
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

  • 7lbs and a bit
  • CHARACTERISTICS

  • Grey spiked hair, big mouth, loud laugh, big softy... honest
  • POWERS

  • Gurning and a killer left hook
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

  • Good outside buildings, shockingly bad inside

MEET THE REST OF OUR TEAM

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VICTORIA JOHN

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VICTORIA JOHN

- Rc-Agent and Administrator
  • HEIGHT

    5ft 6.5 inches
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

    7lbs 6 ounces
  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    BA (Hons) Acting (Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama)
  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Direct and friendly but sometimes fiercer than a dragon!
  • LICENCES

    UK Driving Licence
  • POWERS

    Organising the life out of people, making people smile and cry
  • MEMBERSHIPS

    Equity
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

    Excellent - there isn’t anywhere I can’t find
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CLAIRE LLEWELLYN

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CLAIRE LLEWELLYN

- Associate Fight Instructor
  • HEIGHT

    5ft 5ins
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

    7lb 13oz
  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Level 3 diploma in Personal Training
    British Academy of Dramatic Combat certified Teacher
    BA (Hons) Acting (Mountview Academy)
    Level 2 First Aid at Work
    PTTLS Level 4
    Level 1 Fencing Foil
    10m swimming badge
  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Fun, feisty, formidable (but only on the outside)
  • LICENCES

    Full Clean Driving License
  • POWERS

    I'm the granddaughter of a Royal Marine
  • MEMBERSHIPS

    BADC, Equity, CIMPSA
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

    I can't tell my left from my right!
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BETHAN CLARK

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BETHAN CLARK

- Rc-Armourer and Associate Fight Instructor
  • HEIGHT

    5ft 6 inches
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

    2lbs 7oz
  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    British Academy of Dramatic Combat Certified Teacher
    BA (Hons) Drama (Exeter Uni)
    MA Classical Acting (Drama Centre)
    First Aid trained
  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Friendly, witty, suspicious
  • LICENCES

    Full UK driving licence
  • POWERS

    Ostrich Leap, Supreme Provider of Snacks
  • MEMBERSHIPS

    Equity, BADC
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

    Exceptional (a necessary requirement to be Rachel’s Apprentice)
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ROBIN HELLIER

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ROBIN HELLIER

- Apprentice BADC Stage Combat Teacher
  • HEIGHT

    5ft 10 inches
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

    7lb 7oz
  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Apprentice BADC Stage Combat Teacher
    MA (Hons) Psychology (University of Edinburgh)
    LLB Law (University of Edinburgh)
    MA Classical and Contemporary Text (Acting) (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
    Embodied Theatre / Polish Laboratory Physical Theatre
    First Aid trained
  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Serious, scruffy, silly, nerd
  • LICENCES

    UK driving license, Practical Sailing Competent Crew (RYA)
  • POWERS

    Can always sense in what direction the nearest biscuits lie
  • MEMBERSHIPS

    Equity, BADC
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

    Adequate, except when in the presence of biscuits
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CARLOTTA DE GREGORI

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CARLOTTA DE GREGORI

- Apprentice BADC Stage Combat Teacher
  • HEIGHT

    5ft 7in
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

    3,80 kg (I am European, I don’t understand lbs)
  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Apprentice BADC Stage Combat teacher
    MA Acting (Drama Centre)
    BA (Hons) Acting (Court Theatre Training Company)
    Dancer (Contemporary, Ballet, Floor Work, Modern, Jazz, Period and Ballroom)
  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Long-legged, resilient, thoughtful and on the nosy side of curious.
  • LICENCES

    None, with good reason. Once crashed a snowmobile into a tree, nearly drove a golf cart down a ditch
  • POWERS

    Recognised champion eater in at least two continents. Superb coffee fetcher.
  • MEMBERSHIPS

    BADC, Equity
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

    Awful (Rachel really should have checked before taking me on as Apprentice. We’re screwed).
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BAXTER

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BAXTER

- The Combat Canine
  • HEIGHT

    About right
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

    Minuscule
  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    First rate attention seeker
    Highly skilled in sleeping
    Expert stuffed toy killer
    Very gifted in the art of subterfuge
  • CHARACTERISTICS

    Waggle bum!
  • LICENCES

    To lick
  • POWERS

    The ability to make everyone go 'ahhhhhh'
  • MEMBERSHIPS

    Who needs a membership when you got my looks
  • NAVIGATIONAL SKILLS

    Like a rocket!

RC-ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Rc-Annie has been going and growing since 2005
  • First and only Fight Directing Duo in the UK
  • We working nationally and internationally
  • We regularly work with notable theatrical institutions such as Shakespeare's Globe, The RSC, NT, ROH, NTS,  Theatre Clwyd, Leeds playhouse, Theatre Royal Bath, Chichester Festival Theatre and more...
  • Created safe industry practices for Theatrical Handguns
  • Innovative industry training inc UK’s First Aerial Fight courses
  • Developed their own high quality, non-staining SBlood fake blood
  • We create opportunities for the next generation of Stage Combat teachers
  • All our teachers teach at recognised drama schools
  • We are investing in emerging and associate Fight Directors 
  • We have built an extensive stock of 'Fit for Purpose' theatrical weaponry for hire
  • We created an Rc-Annie methodology of Dramatic Violence
  • The first female BADC Examiner (Rachel Bown-Williams)
  • The first female BADC Chairperson (Ruth Cooper-Brown)