LAMDA Examinations The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom. LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s. Since then, these examinations have been refined and developed into a comprehensive system of performance evaluation by experts in education, acting and communication.
LAMDA at Abbots Bromley School At Abbots Bromley School, students can participate in graded examinations in Verse and Prose, Public Speaking, Acting and Musical Theatre. They will have 30-40 minute lessons once a week for solo performances taking Grades 3-5, increasing to one-hour lessons for duologue lessons or solo performers taking the medal grades (6-8).
Verse and Prose Verse and Prose is a good introduction to LAMDA for those students who have not studied the course before. They can work as a solo performer or in a pair and will prepare and learn a poem and piece of prose, which they deliver to a visiting examiner. This course concentrates on the vocal delivery of the written word. There is also a theory element where students answer questions about their chosen texts and vocal techniques used.
Speaking in Public This is the perfect course for students who want to enhance their public presentation skills. Students work as solo performers and prepare speeches and visual aids with their teacher, which they then deliver as a speech to a visiting examiner. There is a theory element to the course where students are asked about their choices and have an improvised conversation with the examiner.
Acting Students can work as a solo performer or in a pair and will prepare two to three performances for a visiting examiner, depending on their Grade. There is a theory element to this course where students will answer questions on their choice of pieces and characterisation.
Musical Theatre Our experienced acting professionals work alongside the Dance Department in delivering the LAMDA Musical Theatre course. Students can work as a solo performer or in a pair and will prepare three musical performances encompassing singing, acting and movement for a visiting examiner. There is a theory element to this course where students will answer questions about the musicals, characters and singing techniques involved in their performances.
LAMDA Staff Our LAMDA teachers have a wealth of experience gained from working in the Royal Shakespeare Company and on the West End stage. We are fortunate to have a team of professional actors, directors and drama specialists who teach to the highest standards, which is clear from the excellent examination results achieved in 2017 where 90% of examinations achieved Distinction level.