LAMDA Speech & Drama

AGE GROUP: 5 YEARS - ADULT

At Inspire we believe that you can achieve whatever you aspire to be. Confidence without arrogance is the key foundation of our teaching. If you are not confident you need to learn how to act confident.

How do you see yourself? How do you want people to see you? Become the person you were born to be…… The process of preparing for and succeeding in LAMDA examinations essentially helps learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life.

Across the range, our examinations develop your ability to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
  • expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
  • improve confidence in speaking and listening
  • memorise and recall information
  • research and create persuasive formal presentations
  • create and defend arguments
  • engage in constructive informal conversation
  • work both on your own and participate as a member of a team.

No matter what direction you may choose to follow in the future, these LAMDA training provides the opportunity to nurture your natural abilities. These critical skills will enhance your self-confidence to engage and contribute fully, whether at school, in further education, in work, or in the community: in other words, to fulfil your potential.

You will be encouraged to develop a love of literature, poetry and drama and thus improve standards of communication through the spoken word. Ultimately, it is the sense of achievement that empowers people. We believe that succeeding in a LAMDA examination demonstrates not only that learners have met rigorous assessment criteria in a particular discipline, but also that they have grown as individuals through participating in a worthwhile activity that is respected as a global standard.

 

ACTING: MONOLOGUE & DuoLOGUE

Essentially acting is about how to tell a story, it’s concerned with words, and the way people use them. It helps to develop key life skills, such as understanding and empathy, by allowing you to engage with different circumstances or situations in a practical way. Acting helps to promote creative thinking whilst also acquiring memory skills, spatial awareness, vocal confidence and physical presence.

 

POETRY AND PROSE:

Nearly all poems sit on the page inviting us to turn them into sounds. The ways in which the words make rhythms and chime with each other is something that not only pleases the ear but also plays with our feelings. One moment we might feel lulled, another made sorrowful, another led towards something joyous.

Pauses between words and lines can become moments for reflection or suspense. Poems are one of the best ways in which we can say big things in small spaces, and because they have these musical qualities they also become ways in which we can carry these big things in our head: memorable philosophy, you could call it.  

Using poetry and prose, LAMDA Speaking Verse and Prose exams allow students to explore literature in an engaging and practical way, and develop solid communication skills. Developing a good speaking voice is key for these examinations. You will learn to use your voice in different ways to provoke different reactions. Equally important, memorising a number of pieces encourages self-discipline and focus. You will develop skills in voice, diction, posture and body language.

 

READING FOR PERFORMANCE:

Reading aloud is an important skill to develop early on and can be used throughout life, when reading reports in meetings or when delivering presentations from written notes. These examinations will help you learn how to engage with an audience when an object, such as a book or folder breaks the contact.

 

IMPROVISATION AND DEVISED DRAMA:

This is a great opportunity to build on creative thinking skills, as you are required to take themes or ideas and build a performance around them. It also provides opportunities to experiment with words and develop an understanding of the impact of language. At higher grades you will also learn how to improvise a scene developing the confidence to perform under pressure.

 

mime:

Recognise and harness your non-verbal communication skills, such as facial expression, gesture, body language and movement. Mime is one of the foundations of building good performance skills, it helps you learn how to focus, and develop persuasive communication techniques.

 

public speaking:

Public speaking is an integral part of 21st Century life. Whether speaking in front a small group of colleagues or at a large-scale conference any walk of life are at some point required to make a presentation or to give a speech.

 

musical theatre:

Suitable for both actors and singers, you will learn to creatively explore the world through performance and song. You will learn key speaking skills such as diction and audibility which are fundamental to singing. You will also build technical skills in movement, setting and staging, musical pitch, rhythm and phrasing. You will explore style, form, character, subtext and context in order to realise the specific demands of the scene and/ or song.

LAMDA OPEN CLASS (9 YEARS-ADULT)

TIME

Saturday 5-6pm

WEEKLY FEE

6BD or as part of a combo deal

Female Music Theatre & Voice Training 

TIME

Wednesday 5-6pm

WEEKLY FEE

12BD for a class of 3-6 students

LAMDA Senior Performers (11 YEARS-ADULT)

TIME

Wednesday 4-5pm

WEEKLY FEE

6BD or as part of a combo deal

LAMDA Rising Stars (9-11 YEARS)

TIME

Tuesday 4-5pm

LAMDA Little Stars (5-8 YEARS)

TIME

Monday 4-5pm

WEEKLY FEE

6BD