Miming

Miming

Purpose of the Qualification

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Miming are designed to develop the skills necessary to create a performance using mime.

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

Broad Objectives of the Qualification

1 Interpretative skills

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • communicate an activity, situation and/or character through mime

  • engage with an activity, situation and/or character in order to create a
    sense of reality.

2 Technical skills

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • develop skills in physical awareness, control, precision and coordination.

3 Knowledge of the performance process

The learner(s) will be required to:

  • know and understand how to create and structure mimes and mime scenes for performance

  • know and understand the influences on the development and presentation of mime for one of the following practitioners: Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau, Etienne Decroux or Jacques Lecoq (Grade 8 only).

Level Description

The LAMDA Entry Level Award in Performance: Miming is designed to introduce learners to basic miming skills. Learners will be able to create and perform a mime scene that consists of a sequence of activities. Movement will be clear and confident. The use of space will complement the performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: create and perform one mime scene.

Technique

LO2: know and apply the techniques required to perform a mime
scene.

Knowledge

LO3: know and understand the content of the mime scene.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Performance: Miming is designed to enable learners to develop basic miming skills. Learners will be able to apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to create and perform one mime and one mime scene. Movement of the hands, feet and face will be precise. Mime scenes will possess a clear and organised dramatic structure. The use of the space will complement the performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: create and perform one mime and one mime scene.

Technique

LO2: know and apply the techniques required to perform a mime and a mime scene.

Knowledge

LO3: know and understand the content of the mime and the mime scene.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Performance: Miming is designed to enable learners to develop a range of miming skills. Learners will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of how to create and perform one mime and one mime scene. Effective preparation will be evident, leading to a secure performance. The performance will be imaginative with consistent application of developing technical skills. Movement will be clear and coordinated to communicate the mime and mime scene and to engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: create and perform one mime and one mime scene.

Technique

LO2: know and apply the techniques required to perform a mime and a mime scene.

Knowledge

LO3: know and understand the content of the mime and the mime scene.

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Performance: Miming is designed to enable learners to develop a wide range of miming skills. Learners will be able to create and perform two mime scenes (at Grades 6 and 7) and three mime scenes (at Grade 8), 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 demonstrate imaginative engagement and physical control, precision and coordination in order to engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

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

Interpretation

LO1: create and perform two mime scenes (at Grades 6 and 7) and three mime scenes (at Grade 8).

Technique

LO2: know and apply the techniques required to perform mime scenes.

Knowledge

LO3: know and understand the content and context of the mime scenes
LO4: know and understand the influences on the development and presentation of mime for one of the following practitioners: Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau, Etienne Decroux or Jacques Lecoq (Grade 8 only).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a mime and a mime scene?
A mime shows a concentrated moment portraying the mood and movement of one particular activity. At its most simple it could be ‘eating a banana’ or ‘walking across pebbles’. It can involve the creation of a character, but this character must be focused on one occupation.

A mime scene is a series of activities creating a piece of drama. This can range from a simple episode – for example, looking at the exhibits in a museum – to a more complicated scene in which museum exhibits come to life. 

Support Documents

“I now know how to read and think about a piece, to think about the character’s motivations and frame of mind [because of LAMDA exams]."

Izzy Miekle

Izzy Miekle-Small, actor