What is LAMDA?

LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is the oldest drama school in the UK and was founded in 1861. LAMDA began offering examinations in speech and drama to the public over 130 years ago.


All LAMDA examinations are rooted in encouraging participants to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word.


LAMDA is one of the UK’s most respected awarding bodies for Drama and Speech exams. Founded in 1861, LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is the oldest drama school in the UK. For more information take a look at the LAMDA website – https://www.lamda.ac.uk/

Students are assessed in the areas relating to Drama and Speech such as clarity, projection and communication. LAMDA provide several disciplines including Public Speaking, Acting, Verse and Prose and Musical Theatre. All these disciplines range from Introductory grades and entry grades, to GCSE equivalent grades, and grades 6-8 (Bronze, Silver & Gold) equivalent to A-Levels, AS Levels and BTEC.

I truly believe that LAMDA examinations are a fantastic way to improve a child’s confidence, through drama, acting or public speaking. It can help a child read fluently and with good understanding. LAMDA can expand vocabulary, aid self-expression, communication and research, and support memory and recall. LAMDA can last but certainly not least, build a bundle of resilience!

A LAMDA Exam is split into two sections. First the student gives a performance in front of an examiner. This may be an acted monologue or a recital piece of verse or prose. Then the student has a short discussion with the examiner (theory section). LAMDA exams vary in length depending on the Grade being taken.
From 12 points for a Grade 6 Pass up to 30 for a Grade 8 Distinction which is nearly the equivalent of an A-level! You can also maximise points by taking exams from separate Syllabi for example either from the Communication, Acting or Musical Theatre syllabi.

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