Saw something interesting yesterday, and I think it merits its own post because I’d love to hear details from someone who knows for real.
Saw Othello. There’s a sword fight at one point between Cassio and Roderigo. Here’s the interesting thing – Roderigo was left-handed (insert Princess Bride joke here). Cassio was right-handed.
This, if you stop to think about it, made the swordplay very … lopsided. It all took place on one side. Didn’t feel right.
So tell me, stage combat people, how normal is that? How much of a problem is it? Is there more danger? I’d think that someone trained in swordplay for right handed people would be more likely to accidentally whack a leftie because the opposing sword is not where it’s supposed to be. But maybe there’s tricks to it that I don’t know?