Shakespeare Qualifications

Shakespeare Qualifications

Purpose of the Qualification

LAMDA Shakespeare Examinations are designed to develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s language and the skills necessary to communicate a Shakespeare text to an audience.

Learners who prepare themselves appropriately will develop:
1 Interpretative skills
2 technical skills
3 knowledge of the performance.

Broad Objectives of the Qualification

1 Interpretative skills

The Learner(s) will be required to:

  • explore style, form, character, context and subtext (where applicable) in order to realise the specific demands of the Shakespeare text
  • engage with character and situation in order to create a sense of reality.
2 Tecnical skills

The Learner(s) will be required to:

  • develop skills in voice, speech, physicality and use of the performance space.
3 Knowledge of the performance process

The Learner(s) will be required to:

  • know and understand the chosen material
  • know and understand Shakespeare’s style of writing and the Elizabethan Theatre (Level 3 only).

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 1 Award in Shakespeare is designed to enable Learners to develop basic skills in performing a Shakespeare text. Learners will perform from memory one set speech from a play by William Shakespeare, 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 understand the form and rhythm of the language and create and convey mood. Their use of body and space will complement their performance.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the Learner will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: Perform one set speech from memory from a play by William Shakespeare, demonstrating understanding and engagement with 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 speech.

Total Time Allowance

Solo – 10 minutes

Level Description 

The LAMDA Level 2 Award in Shakespeare is designed to enable Learners to develop a range of skills in performing Shakespeare. Learners will perform from memory two scenes, each from a different play by William Shakespeare. The performance will be audible and intelligible, with vocal expression through which mood and meaning are communicated. Learners will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of Shakespeare’s language, 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 will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: Perform two scenes from memory, each from a different play by William Shakespeare, demonstrating understanding and engagement with 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 material.

Total Time Allowance

Solo – 20 minutes
Duologue – 30 minutes

Level Description

The LAMDA Level 3 Certificate in Shakespeare is designed to enable Learners to develop a wide range of skills in performing Shakespeare. Learners will perform from memory two scenes, each from a different play by William Shakespeare, and one sonnet. They will integrate their knowledge and skills to demonstrate a mature understanding of the text and the language. The learner will take ownership and demonstrate a personal interpretation of the text. Presentation will be grounded in thorough and relevant preparation. Learners will combine physical and vocal expression to support and inform characterisation and engage the audience.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the Learner will be able to:

Interpretation

LO1: Perform two scenes from memory, each from a different play by William Shakespeare, and one sonnet, demonstrating understanding and engagement with 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 material.

Total Time Allowance

Solo – 30 minutes
Duologue – 40 minutes

We are developing a Shakespeare publication to support teachers preparing Learners for the Shakespeare Examinations.

This publication will cover key areas of content in relation to the qualification syllabus, such as Shakespeare’s language, his style of writing and the Elizabethan theatre, and will contain a synopsis of key plays. This publication is designed as an aid to teachers and will be available at the end of the year.