Devising Drama

Purpose of the Qualification

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Devising Drama are designed to developthe skills necessary to devise a dramatic performance and present it to an audience.

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

Broad Objectives of the Qualification

1 Interpretative skills

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • devise a character and situation within a dramatic structure

  • 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 devising process

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • know and understand how to devise scenes for performance.

Level Description

The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Performance: Devising Drama is designed to introduce learners to basic devising skills. Learners will be able to devise and perform one scene that clarifies place and situation. They will perform audibly and clearly. Their use of space will complement their performance.

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

Interpretation

LO1: devise and perform one scene.

Technique

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

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the content of the devised scene.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance: Devising Drama is designed to enable learners to develop basic devising skills. Learners will be able to apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to devise and perform two scenes based on creative engagement with the stimulus and careful preparation. Scenes will possess a clear dramatic structure which will shape the performance. Learners will speak audibly and clearly. 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: devise and perform two scenes.

Technique

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

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the content and structure of the devised
scenes.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance: Devising Drama is designed to enable learners to develop a range of devising skills. Learners will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of how to plan and prepare two devised scenes. Effective preparation will be evident, leading to a secure performance. Use of voice, body and space will be effectively combined to communicate the scenes and engage the audience. The performance will be imaginative with consistent application of developing technical skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: devise and perform two scenes.

Technique

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

Knowledge

LO4: know and understand the preparation and content of the devised scenes.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance: Devising Drama is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of devising skills. Learners will be able to devise and perform two scenes, integrating their knowledge and skills. There will be a sense of ownership and self-awareness. Presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Learners will engage imaginatively with the devised material. They will combine physical and vocal flexibility to support and inform characterisation and engage the audience. Learners will also be able to perform an improvised scene built around a stimulus provided at the time of the examination.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: devise and perform two scenes.

Technique

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

Improvisation

LO4: perform an improvised scene.

Knowledge

LO5: know and understand the content of the devised scenes
LO6: know and understand the devising process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between devising and improvising?
An improvisation is a spontaneous performance, whereas a devised performance is rehearsed and scripted. Improvisation may be used early on in the devising process, but what the learner performs in his/her examination should be fully rehearsed, scripted and staged. 

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