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Established in 2005 by Fight and Intimacy Directors/Coordinators Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown.

Rc-Annie Ltd is the UK’s premiere dramatic violence company. Rachel and Ruth are passionate and committed to furthering the art of Stage Combat by offering excellent training, creative and innovative Fight and Action Co-ordination and reliable Dramatic Violence solutions for Stage and Screen. Whether they are working on Intimacy direction or an 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 (the first female) Chairperson for 6 years. 

 

WHO WE ARE

RACHEL CRISTI BOWN-WILLIAMS

Founder, Fight & Intimacy Director/Coordinator & Teacher

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  • HEIGHT

  • 5ft 5.5 inches (recurring)

  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BADC Certified Teacher, Master at Arms & Examiner
    Member of the Intimacy Practitioners Guild
    Blank Firing handgun and RIF instructor
    Kundalini Global Yoga Teacher
    Mental Health First Aider
    First Aid at Work
    Awareness training: Sexual Violence & consent, Unconscious Bias, Inclusivity, disability, LGBTQ+, Safeguarding Children.
    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
  • 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 & Intimacy Director/Coordinator & Teacher

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  • HEIGHT

  • 5ft 4 and a half inches

  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • BADC Certified Teacher, Master at Arms & Examiner
    Member of the Intimacy Practitioners Guild
    Blank Firing handgun and RIF instructor
    GB National Boxing awards non contact Boxing Tutor
    Mental Health First Aider
    First Aid at work
    Awareness training: Sexual Violence & consent, Unconscious Bias, Inclusivity, disability, LGBTQ+, Safeguarding Children.
    DBS
    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
  • LICENCES

  • UK Driving License
  • MEMBERSHIPS

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

  • 7lbs and a bit
  • CHARACTERISTICS

  • Blonde 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 Director & BADC Stage Combat Teacher
  • HEIGHT

    5ft 5ins
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

    7lb 13oz
  • TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

    British Academy of Dramatic Combat certified Teacher
    Level 3 diploma in Personal Training
    Mental Health First Aider,
    GB National Boxing awards non contact Boxing Tutor
    BA (Hons) Acting (Mountview Academy)
    First Aid at Work
    Introduction to Intimacy
    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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CARLOTTA DE GREGORI

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CARLOTTA DE GREGORI

- BADC Probationary Stage Combat Teacher
  • HEIGHT

    5ft 7in
  • WEIGHT AT BIRTH

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

    Probationary 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. Working nationally and internationally
  • We regularly work with notable theatrical institutions such as Shakespeare's Globe, The RSC, NT, ROH, Theatre Clwyd, Leeds playhouse, Theatre Royal Bath, Chichester Festival Theatre ...
  • Rc-Annie created safe industry practices for Theatrical Handguns and Innovative industry training inc UK’s First Aerial Fight courses. We created an Rc-Annie methodology of Dramatic Violence
  • We create opportunities for the next generation of Stage Combat teachers and are investing in emerging and associate Fight Directors 
  • All our teachers are BADC certified and teach at recognised drama schools
  • We have built an extensive Armoury stock of 'Fit for Purpose' theatrical weaponry for hire
  • The first female BADC Examiner (Rachel Bown-Williams) and the first female BADC Chairperson (Ruth Cooper-Brown)