Emma Hoole

23 Apr

Emma in ‘Woyczek’

She may be a little rusty, but Emma Hoole is eagerly anticipating her return to the stage.

Having been involved in theatre throughout her teenage years, the second year Creative Arts Performance student lives for the stage and is looking forward to playing a crazy doctor in the upcoming performance of Woyczek.

This will be the first show Emma has been involved in since beginning her course at the University of Wollongong in 2011.

“It’s really exciting! I’ve done plays and that outside of uni before but I haven’t done it for a while, so I feel like I’m a little bit rusty.  But it’s so much fun; I’ve forgotten how much fun it is!”

Although her role in Woyczek, directed by Chris Ryan, has proved a challenging one, Emma is fully embracing it and enjoying every minute.

“It’s a pretty big part I guess, I have heaps of lines to learn, but I’m pretty stoked with it, it’s so much fun,” Emma says, unable to contain her enthusiasm.

“It’s such a caricature and it’s a really comic role as well, so fun to play around with.”

In order to prepare for the role, Emma has done a significant amount of research in order to perfect her portrayal of the doctor, who in the play performs crazy experiments on the lead character.

“I researched into scientific logic and how people use the left and right hemispheres of the brain,” Emma explains about her process of developing a walk for the character.

“I figured he’s a doctor and he probably uses a lot of his left brain, plus he’s a very curious character, so I kind of developed a walk where I walk really fast because he wants to get to his point, find out things really quick and kind of on his toes a bit because he’s really keen to know the facts I guess.”

One of the biggest challenges for Emma has been trying to find a voice and physicality for the gender-neutral character.

“There’s a scene where we’re at a club and we have to dance and first of all when we ran the scene I was just dancing like a normal sexy girl in a club and I was like, ‘wait a minute, I’m not a girl’. So I stopped dancing like that,” she says giggling.

When asked how one dances gender-neutrally, she replies laughing, “Like a real dag, basically, no hip action – it’s hard to restrain.”

Although she has struggled with the extra hours involved in second-year, Emma thinks it is worth every minute to be doing what she loves.

“I’m loving the course.  It’s really intense, I’m there 26 hours a week, it’s double the hours that I did last year, so it’s really full-on, but absolutely loving every minute,” Emma gushes.

And there’s nothing else she’d rather be doing.

When she first discovered the joys of theatre in year 8, after joining a theatre company in her home-town of Newcastle, Emma instantly knew that is what she wanted to do.

“I just thought, ‘oh my god, I could do this for a living’ type of thing.  It was the most amazing thing ever.  I don’t know what else I’d do really,” Emma says.

“I know it’s a really tentative industry to get in to, but I think it’s worth having a crack anyway because it’s what I love.”

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