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LAMDA Acting Workshops

LAMDA Acting Workshops leading to LAMDA Examinations

We are offering the opportunity for Young People from Year 5 and above to take LAMDA Grades 3 - 8 in Acting. With the creative arts subjects frustratingly being marginalised in schools at the moment, passes in the top Lamda grades would give a potential University student 12 extra UCAS points for a Distinction at Grade 6, 16 UCAS points for a Distinction at Grade 7 & 30 UCAS points for a Distinction at Grade 8. (A Grade B at A level provides 40 points) This is the same for Music and ballet grades too. 

If any student wishes to pursue an acting career, preparing and taking the LAMDA exams is the best way to prepare for auditions.  

The following information has been taken from the LAMDA website and you can find out more at

LAMDA is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. At the heart of LAMDA examinations is the recognition that their qualifications are for everyone. They have been offering practical examinations in communication and performance subjects for over 130 years. Across the globe, these qualifications have helped people of all ages and abilities to develop lifelong skills.

LAMDA exams are about achievement – recognising and rewarding the endeavours of each individual – but they are also about empowerment. LAMDA's ultimate aim is to provide all people with the opportunity to develop the life skills they need to be a success: attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas.

LAMDA Acting Workshops

These 90 minute workshops will allow time to develop individual acting skills, such as characterisation, vocal/physical and communication skills following the LAMDA examination syllabuses leading to the appropriate level of entry for Grades 3 - 8.

We have a programme which begins each academic year. We take new students mainly in September but there are exceptions and it is best to enquire student by student. 

In September, we work with the whole group, spending at least 6 weeks to introduce them to a variety of plays and texts for performance suitable for their playing ages and abilities. This approach encourages the students to make educated choices of appropriate texts from plays and also, as an actor in staging these effectively for the exam. Decisions are then made about level of grade, choice of solo or duologue and texts. 

Each session after this will have 30 minutes of vocal, physical, characterisation, communication development and knowledge before working individually on their solo pieces or with a partner on their duologues with specific coaching from the tutors. A level of discipline to work alone is required. 

In March the students will have the opportunity to be entered in the Mansfield Drama Festival and receive an adjudication and feedback from a Lamda examiner. They will be entered for the Lamda exam in June at the Nottingham Centre. 

There will be extra time and individual time slots, particularly at the higher level grades in the run up to the exams. These will be a mixture of in person and zoom sessions  (Please see the Timetable for details) 

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