WHAT IS THE LONDON ACADEMY?
The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (a.k.a LAMDA) is one of the UK's leading drama schools, with alumni such as Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game), Jim Broadbent (Iris, Hot Fuzz), Dominic Cooper (The History Boys, Captain America) - and many, many more. Established in 1861, it is the oldest drama school in the UK.
WHY DO WE PARTICIPATE IN THE LONDON ACADEMY EXAMS?
Just as we believe that performance is about learning to work as a team, London Academy examinations are about self-development and the exploration of drama and English literature. Any students going through from Grade 1 (approx. 9 years old) to Grade 8 (approx. 16 years old) will develop over time an in-depth knowledge of classical literature and poetry.
Shakespeare (Levels 1 to 3):
An introduction to and exploration of Shakespeare's works. This relatively new subject provides the students with the opportunity to concentrate their efforts on understanding the world of Shakespearean theatre and writing, bringing the words of one of history's greatest playwrights to life in dramatic form.
Acting (Grades 1 to 8):
The acting subject provides the students with the opportunity to play any of their favourite roles, without having to wait to be in the play. From Lady Bracknell to Blanche Dubois, from Agamemnon to Ebenezer Scrooge, there is no limit to the range of roles the actor can explore.
Verse and Prose (Grades 1 to 8):
One of the more technical subjects, the teaching of Verse and Prose develops a love of reading and the spoken word. Students will study versification, rhyming schemes and the exploration of the world of written fiction. This is a performance exam, and a different way to explore the written word.
Miming (Grades 1 to 8):
When you take away the spoken word, students are forced to think about body language and facial expression in performance. From given stimuli, they create their own stories, develop their imagination, and learn to tell their story through the art of movement.
From the earliest book reports to the examination of controversial topics, public speaking is a key life skill. This subject teaches the student to present themselves in public, and develop an ability to construct a cohesive and convincing argument, whatever the chosen subject.
From a set stimulus, students are asked to write and present their own piece of dramatic fiction. In the process, they learn story structure, storyboarding, and dramatic writing techniques. An excellent subject for those who love to both write and perform their own stories.
Other subjects are available, feel free to email for more information.