Mulholland Academy



Creating exciting physical performances 
with Emma Dingwall

“There are three masks: the one we think we are, the one we really are, and the one we have in common”– Jacques Lecoq

The LAMDA actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Ruth Wilson, David Oyelowo and Chris O’Dowd and Lecoq theatre makers Simon McBurney, Julie Taymor and Ariane Mnouchkin create original impactful performances. In the challenging world of performance, they are constantly in demand and leave a lasting impression on the stage and screen. Their theatre education played a large role in giving them the space to develop and grow.

This course uses features from the teachings of Jacques Lecoq and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) to explore physicality, voice, interpretation and improvisation.

Acting is all about working together. The emphasis of the course is to give students, as individuals, the opportunity to develop their own creativity while working closely with their fellow actors. Every week the class will focus on a different area: 

 ‘Story-telling and devising theatre’ exploring the importance of the actor’s imagination

‘The Encounter’ using improvisation to inhabit roles

‘Efficacy of Movement’ body and vocal work 

‘Playing’ – investigating daring and the playful child in us through clown-based exercises

Our ‘masks’ what we show and what we don’t

‘Text interpretation’ with monologues and scene-work

The seven classes will cumulate in a performance for an invited audience. The performance is a collage of short scenes, physical theatre and monologues devised by the actors and directed by Emma Dingwall. It gives the students the opportunity to create and perform their own roles and scenes and audiences always love the originality of the work. 

Dates: Wednesdays, January 20th to March 10th 2021.
7pm – 10 pm (3 hours)
8 weeks
Price: €550.

Teacher: Emma Dingwall

Emma DingwallThis class will be taught by Emma Dingwall. Emma is a British actor, drama teacher and voice-over professional. She grew up in Edinburgh and received a scholarship to study for three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She then went on to be supported by the Scottish Arts Council to study for two years with Jacques Lecoq himself at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She worked as an actor in many theatres in the UK including the Citizens Theatre, Dundee Rep, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Covent Garden Opera House and Greenwich theatre.

Emma has been based in Amsterdam for a number of years and is a professional voice-over with her own studio. She also works internationally as a communication coach and training actor in the business and public sectors.