Voice Play - Acting through Singing

  • Date(s)
    No current course (Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 PM)
  • Duration
    10 weeks
  • Mode of Delivery
    In Person
  • Venue
  • Fee
    €295 / €245 (Students Discount - incl. RIAM AD-Group learners)

Course Introduction

Voice Play is a 10-week course for adult singers and actors, including choir and amateur musical society members, exploring the fundamentals of acting through singing and how to successfully portray character and emotion when performing a song.

This physically active class covers a range of acting disciplines, with training in individual and group-based work, involving voice, movement, improvisation and characterisation.

Stage performance expert Helene Montague leads participants in this exciting opportunity for aspiring singers/actors to take their stagecraft to the next level. 

  • Explore characterisation choices
  • Physically interpret the context of a song
  • Examine the theatrical intent of the composer/lyricist
  • Prepare for performance and audition situations
  • Group work on vocal and physical ensemble
  • Present your newly acquired skills in a short performance at the end of the course.


Course Dates:  

Classes 1-5:  Feb 1st, 8th,15th, 22nd, March 1st

No class on March 8th 

Classes 6-8:  March 15th, 22nd, 29th

No classes on April 5th and 12th

Classes 9-10:  April 19th, 26th


Discount for Students 

This course will be available at a discounted rate for students (incl. adult learners who have participated in AD-Group classes in the current term Sep-Dec 2022)

Please note: Booking this course at the student rate is subject to providing further information about your current Student Status (in the registration form) - for AD-Group participants, please list your current class(es).

Failing to provide that information (when selecting student rate) may result in a manual balance charge (standard rate) and a possible additional administration surcharge before you can be admitted to the course.


Tutor: Helene Montague

Helene Montague LTCL FTCL  was born in Stockholm and moved to West Cork where she was educated at home with Music as her first subject. Both of her parents danced with the Royal Swedish Ballet, and she studied dance and theatre from an early age. Moving to Dublin at age 16 she studied piano with Dorothy Stokes and composition with James Wilson. Her first Musical Direction was "The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" by Brecht/Weill for Trinity Players. She co-founded the Rough Magic Theatre Company and has worked frequently with them as an actor, musician, musical director and voice director.

She has worked widely as a freelance actor and musician for theatre radio tv and film and is a freelance director for opera and theatre.

She recently directed the premiere of Kevin O'Connell's Opera "DreamCatchr" in 2019 for RIAM which has now been filmed for television, in collaboration with IADT (co-directed with John Comiskey) and is in Post Production.

In November/December 2021 she appeared as Music Director in "All the Angels" by Nick Drake for Rough Magic Theatre Company in Smock Alley Theatre.

She co-directed (with John Comiskey) the film Grainne Mulvey's 'Great Irish Women' in the Throne room of Dublin Castle.

In July 2022 she was director and dramaturg on the premier production of 'Slow Recognition', composed by David Bremner, in 'Kyrkos' in Stoneybatter, Dublin.

Helene has been teaching at Inchicore College since 2007, she also teaches acting in the B.mus Opera Course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.


Entry Requirements:

Minimum age for participants: 18+

Registrants will be asked to provide a brief biography, including information about existing singing, dance and acting abilities.

Participants are advised to wear or bring comfortable clothes (e.g. tracksuits or other movement-friendly clothes).