LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) is the oldest drama school in the UK. It was founded in 1861 and quickly established itself as a centre of excellence in performance training. LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s and since that time these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation by experts in education, acting and communication. In addition to being the largest Speech and Drama Awarding Body in the UK, LAMDA Examinations has a reputation for excellence across Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and the US.
At Act One Beginners we have achieved a 100% pass rate for all LAMDA examinations undertaken by students, with the majority recieving Distinctions and Merits in all Grades including Medals.
LAMDA examinations are designed to equip candidates, whatever their age and aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life. The examination itself provides candidates with an opportunity to
- Measure progress against internationally applied standards
- Make contact with expert assessors outside the immediate teaching environment
- Receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development
- Build self-confidence and self-esteem
- Acquire skill certification
- Receive a record of personal achievement
LAMDA Examinations is accredited as an Awarding Body by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in England and the examinations are therefore part of the National Qualifications Framework and equate with other qualifications within the sector. They are therefore approved for use on publicly funded courses of study (eg entry to university requires a certain number of ‘points’ to have been accumulated by the applicant through various courses of study such as A Levels. LAMDA examinations carry these points - the number accredited is dependant on the examination taken and the result achieved, with examinations taken at Entry and Foundation level excluded) and can be used to bolster such applications.
LAMDA examinations are available in a number of categories within the Speech and Drama genre such as Verse & Prose, Acting, Mime, Devising, Public Speaking, Reading for Performance, Musical Theatre etc. The grades are designed to be studied when a candidate is ready to do so. Children from the age of 5 can prepare for Introductory examinations in Verse and Prose, with the Advanced Levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals being open to applicants from the age of 14 to adult. These medals are very detailed requiring advanced critical analysis capabilities in addition to dramatic theory and performance skills. Naturally there are many stepping stones between Introductory and Medals, all of which will be completely supported by individual tutorials.
Many drama schools only enter students up to Grade 5 as they feel unable to support students wishing to study at the advanced level required for the Medals. However, Act One Beginners is able to offer tuition for all grades in Verse & Prose, Acting and Musical Theatre categories. As not all students will wish to participate in this programme of study, and as examination selections will be individual to each entrant, a course of private tuition will be necessary for all candidates. The cost and length of this course will vary dependant on the grade being studied. This is necessary as the examinations themselves are both longer and more complex the higher the grade, which in turn requires greater research and preparation by the teacher and longer teaching time with the student. In addition each entrant must pay their own Examination Entry fee to LAMDA.
If you would like to find out more or put your name in the exam list, please call Beverly.