LAMDA Exam Training
Dancebox Studios and Theatre Works offer regulated LAMDA Grade 1 to 8 examination training in Acting, Mime, Devising Drama, and Musical Theatre for students aged 8+.
UCAS points are available for Grades 6-8.
LAMDA exams are about achievement and empowerment as the exams provide students with the opportunity to improve self-expression, self-esteem and have fun learning new life and stage skills.
Before we book any training we schedule a 15 minute info session via zoom when we will discuss what happens during a training session, the exam categories available, the grade we can look at entering you at plus our expectations are regarding the work we expect students to undertake in-between classes (i.e. learning lines, rehearsing etc.)
If you are happy with everything after this meeting you will complete and return our LAMDA Commitment form and we will the schedule the training.
CLASS FREQUENCY AND DURATION
LAMDA exam training is currently available for solo examination entries, should you wish to enter a Duo exam please contact us for training options.
10 lessons are held each term, the class dates will be given to you after the info session. Lessons are 30 minutes for Grades 1 to 3, 45 minutes for Grades 4 to 5 and 60 minutes for Grades 6 to 8.
Classes take place at Dancebox and are scheduled to run 13h00 to 16h00, for homeschooled children, and 16h30 to 18h30 on a Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.
If you are unable to make these times let us know when you are available and we will check teacher availability.
An 'In-Studio Showcase’ of all the work undertaken over the course of the year will take place in July.
HOW MANY EXAMS CAN MY CHILD ENTER?
Your child can start LAMDA training at any time of the year.
For Grades 1-3 we aim to complete 1 performance topic every 10 weeks during the 30 minute session*. If students start training with us in the Autumn term, by July they should be able to enter up to 3 exams..
For Grades 4 to 5 we aim to complete 1 performance topic every 10 weeks during the 45 minute session*. If students start training with us in the Autumn term, by July they should be able to enter up to 3 exams..
Grades 6-8 students will aim to complete 1 exam per year via the 60 minute training session.* LAMDA guided learning hours range from 60 to 90 hours, students will need to attend a minimum of 3 terms to be ready for this examination.
*We only enter students who have put in the work, meet examination requirements and are ready to successfully undertake an exam. LAMDA training can start at any time of the year, the cut off for possible July examination entry is week 2 of the Summer term.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE EXAMS HELD?
Exams are held at Dancebox Studios OR via Zoom (Remote Online Assessment) and exam sessions are scheduled in July, where possible. Exact examination dates/times are subject to examiner availability.
The training fee is due at the start of each term before training commences. The exam fee is due 8 weeks before the examination date.
Training Fee / Term - TheatreWorks Student
Grades 1-3 £160, Grades 4-5 £235, Grades 6-8 £310
Training Fee / Term - Dancebox Student
Grades 1-3 £180, Grades 4-5 £265, Grades 6-8 £345
Training Fee / Term - Non Student
Grades 1-3 £205, Grades 4-5 £295, Grades 6-8 £380
2020 Exam Fee Guide Price
Grade 1 £44.00, Grade 2 £46.00, Grade 3 £50.00
Grade 4 £59.00 & Grade 5 £64.00
Grade 6 £76.00, Grade 7 £82.00, Grade 8 £95.00
Acting learners develop their vocal, physical and interpretive skills while they delve into characters and explore the background of dramatic texts. Alongside producing authentic performances of their chosen scenes, they also gain an understanding of the context and characters within them. Working through the grades takes our learners through the development of clear speaking and character portrayal to an understanding of a playwright’s style, the influence of theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski and a sensitive appreciation of subtext.
Musical Theatre exams help learners develop acting through song. They use vocal techniques to convey the right mood, and engage with the material to form a thoughtful interpretation of the song. As they progress through the grades, learners explore characterisation through monologues or duologues, which are performed in character and act as an introduction to their songs. They’ll also deepen their understanding of the history of musical theatre by performing songs from a range of eras, and by researching the work and influence of one of its composers or lyricists.
Mime allow us to communicate without using a single word. Through single mimed activities and fully developed scenes, our learners work on coordination and control, physical awareness and precise movements of their body to articulate emotion and characterisation in their storytelling. They are also creating their own work, expanding their physical theatre skills as they assemble their own scenes.
At the higher grades our learners are also discovering the work of famous mime artists like Charlie Chaplin and Marcel Marceau, and learning the history of one of theatre’s most influential forms, commedia dell'arte.
For those that want to make their own work, Devising Drama exams allow learners to create their own scenes from scratch. Provided with a list of themes to pick from, learners create the characters and write the scripts themselves. As they progress to the higher grades, learners will develop an understanding of dramatic structure and staging, using movement and mood, style and space. For their Level Three exams, learners will also perform short improvised scenes – unplanned and unscripted.
LAMDA is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA).