We Listened...Swordtales fans asked another swashbuckling show.
Schools asked for living history. Parents asked for role models. Everyone asked to fight with swords.
Duelling Dames is live theatre that teaches history with hilarity, astounds with swordfighting skills, and is daring enough to bring young swashbucklers onstage. What role does combat play in our lives today? The Duelling Dames empower swashbucklers of all ages to become brave warriors against bullying.
The Quinquagenarian Queen and the Puerile Princess argue...about everything. The Queen believes rulers should be like a sword: Using a strong hilt. The Princess believes a sharp tip is a better metaphor.
Fighting over how to fight, these loveable characters bring knights onstage, whom they train for minutes and minutes... for a battle that is a hilarious as it is real, for all end badly.
A delightful tale that both excites families about history while teaching anti violence,
Q & A with The Duelling Dame
How does this show address bullying?
First, we show a history of combat throughout time. This a hilarious historically educational presentation. When we get to modern times, the scariest weapon is...a cell phone...that teens use to send hurtful texts. We discus how cyber bullying can be the most hurtful weapon on our stage.
What solutions to bullying do you teach?
We believe bullying is a complex issue with many possible solutions. We offer some alternatives, but most importantly, we encourage the students to think for themselves, to start discussions, and to trust their ideas.
Aren't you encouraging violence?
Stage combat is a skill. We demonstrate how the moves we do on stage are the same moves kids watch every day on TV.
Learning to disseminate violence in the media is an essential first step in critical thinking. Participants try stage combat with foam swords and instantly understand how difficult a discipline stage combat is. And female duellists smash preconceptions while encouraging girls to be brave.
And all of our fights end without winners., reinforcing how violence never ends well.