Acting

Purpose of the Qualification

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Performance: Acting are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate dramatic text to an audience.

Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:
1 Interpretative skills
2 Technical skills
3 Knowledge of the performance process.

Broad Objectives of the Qualifications

1 Interpretative skills

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • explore style, form, character, subtext and context in order to realise the specific demands of the text

  • engage with character and situation in order to create a sense of reality.

2 Technical skills

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • develop skills in voice, diction and movement.

3 Knowledge of the performance process

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • know and understand the chosen selections

  • know and understand the key principles and influences in the process of acting for one of the following practitioners: Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht or Jerzy Grotowski (Grade 8 only).

Level Description

The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Performance: Acting is designed to introduce learners to basic acting skills. Learners will perform one scene from memory, audibly and clearly. They will be able to show that they understand the meaning of what they are speaking. Their use of space will complement their performance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the learner(s) will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: perform one scene from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: use vocal skills in response to the text
LO3: use the performance space in response to the text.

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the character in the chosen scene.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance: Acting is designed to enable learners to develop basic acting skills. Learners will perform two scenes from memory, audibly and clearly. They will be able to apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to produce a thoughtful interpretation, based on creative engagement with the material and careful preparation. Through variations in volume, pace and pause they will be able to create and convey mood. Their use of body and space will complement their performance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the learner(s) will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: perform two scenes from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: use vocal skills in response to the text
LO3: use the performance space in response to the text.

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the characters and situations in the chosen scenes.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance: Acting is designed to enable learners to develop a range of acting skills. Learners will perform two scenes from memory. The performance will be audible and intelligible with vocal contrast through which mood and meaning are communicated. Learners will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the material, leading to an imaginative interpretation in which there is application of appropriate technical skills. Effective preparation and study will be evident, leading to a secure performance. Use of voice, body and space will be effectively combined to communicate the text and engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the learner(s) will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: perform two scenes from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: use vocal skills in response to the text
LO3: create a physical response to the text.

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the characters, situations and staging in the chosen scenes.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance: Acting is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of acting skills. Learners will perform their chosen scenes from memory, integrating their knowledge and skills to demonstrate a mature understanding of the material. There will be a sense of ownership and self-awareness. Presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Learners will combine physical and vocal flexibility to support and inform characterisation and engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the learner(s) will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: perform the chosen scenes from memory, demonstrating an understanding of the material.

Technique

LO2: use vocal skills in response to the text
LO3: create a physical response to the text.

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the content and context of the chosen scenes
LO5: know and understand the key principles and influences in the process of acting for one of the following practitioners: Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht or Jerzy Grotowski (Grade 8 only).

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to do a play by Sheridan/Goldoni for my List A selection for my Grade 7 Silver Medal Solo Acting. Would these writers come under the 'Restoration' category and still adhere to the assessment criteria?
For the purposes of LAMDA Examinations Level 3 Acting examinations, the period ‘Restoration’ includes plays produced during the post-restoration period up to and including 1799. This includes writers such as Sheridan and Goldoni.

“LAMDA exams are a good way in [to the industry] and a great place to start.” 

John Thomson

John Thomson, actor