A6 - GRADED EXAMINATIONS IN DRAMA: ACTING (SOLO/DUOLOGUE/COMBINED)
Purpose of the Qualification
LAMDA examinations in Acting are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate dramatic text to an audience.
Broad Objectives of the Examinations

- Interpretative skills
To explore style, form, character, subtext and context in order to realise the specific demands of the text.
To suspend disbelief by focusing on the immediacy of the character’s situation in order to create a credible sense of reality.

- Technical skills
To build skills in voice, diction and movement in order to realise the specifics of character and situation.

- Knowledge of the performance process
To understand character, situation, staging, context, subtext, style and period.

Examination Content
Level Entry Grade1 Grade2 Grade3 Grade4 Grade5 Grade6 Grade7 Grade8
Total Sections 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4

Performance Section

Level Announcement prior each performance 1. Interpretation and Technique 2. Interpretation and Technique 3. Interpretation and Technique
The candidate(s) must perform the scene(s) from memory.
Entry Level The play title, author and character must be announced prior to the performance. A scene of own choice. - -
Level 1
1 A scene selected from the Level 1 section of The LAMDA Acting Anthology. -
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Level 2 4 A scene selected from the Level 2 section of The LAMDA Acting Anthology. -
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Level 3 6 The candidate(s) must present a brief introduction prior to the performance, of no more than 30 seconds, announcing the pl title, author and character and outlining the context of the extract. A scene selected from a play by one of the playwrights on either List A or List B. - A scene selected from a published play or screenplay written since 1980.
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8 A scene from a play by one of the authors on List A. A scene selected from a play by one of the authors on List B.
※ List A
Aphra Behn                        Federico Garcia Lorca
Anton Chekhov                  William Shakespeare
William Congreve               George Bernard Shaw
Euripides Richard              Brinsley Sheridan
George Farquhar              Sophocles
Carlo Goldoni                    John Webster
Oliver Goldsmith                Oscar Wilde
Henrik Ibsen                      William Wycherley
※ List B
Jean Anouilh              Peter Nichols
Bertolt Brecht            Sean O’Casey
Caryl Churchill           Eugene O’Neill
Dario Fo                    J.B. Priestley
Athol Fugard             Terence Rattigan
David Hare                Neil Simon
Lilian Hellman            Tom Stoppard
Arthur Miller               Tennessee Williams

Discussion Section

Level 4. Knowledge
The candidate(s) will be asked:
Entry Level The candidate(s) must discuss character with the examiner, in relation to the chosen scenes.
What do you think the character looks like?
What is the character feeling in the selected scene?
Level 1 1 The candidate(s) must discuss character and situation with the examiner in relation to the chosen scenes.
What does the character look like?
2 Where is the character?
Who is the character talking to?
3 What are the characters feeling in this scene?
Are there any changes in mood through the scene?
Level 2 4 The candidate(s) must discuss character, situation and staging with the examiner, in relation to the chosen scenes.
How does the character you are talking to react?
Why did the character move the way they did?
How did you decide on your staging?
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5 Identify the working stage areas (upstage, downstage, stage left, stage right).
Level 3 6 The candidate(s) must have read the full text of the plays from which the scenes have been selected in order to discuss character, subtext and context with the examiner.
What is the character’s objective in the scene?
Is there anything that the character isn’t telling us?
7 IThe candidate(s) must have read the full text of the plays from which the scenes have been selected in order to discuss style and period with the examiner. The candidate(s) will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the writer’s style, knowledge of the period and its application to performance.
8 The candidate(s) must have read the full text of the plays from which the scenes have been selected in order to discuss the process of acting with the examiner. The candidate(s) must be able to describe the process for creating detailed characterisations, in relation to their chosen scenes.
Repertoire Guidelines and Regulations
Acting Exam Entry Level Level 1
Level 2 Level 3
Selection scene - Solo candidates must select one scene from the Level 1 or Level 2 solo section in The LAMDA Acting Anthology and one solo scene of their own choice.
Duologue candidates must select one scene from the Level 1 or Level 2 duologue section in The LAMDA Acting Anthology and one duologue scene of their own choice.
Combined candidates must select either two solo scenes or one duologue scene from the Level 1 or Level 2 section in The LAMDA Acting Anthology. If two solo scenes are chosen from The LAMDA Acting Anthology then the duologue scene must be of the candidates’ own choice. If a duologue scene is chosen from The LAMDA Acting Anthology then the two solo scenes must be of the candidates’ own choice.
#L1
 L2
Grouping Solo Duologue Combined
Candidates 1 person 2 persons 2 persons
Scene LAMDA Acting Anthology
(L1 or L2)
1 solo 1 duologue 2 solo 1 duologue
Own choice 1 solo 1 duologue 1 duologue 2 solo
Total scenes 2 2 3 3

# see details in “general notes and regulations”
Grade 6 – Bronze Medal candidates must select one scene from a play written by one of the playwrights on either List A※ or List B※. Grade 7 – Silver Medal and Grade 8 – Gold Medal candidates must select one scene from a play written by one of the playwrights on List A and a second scene from a play written by one of the playwrights on List B※.
*L3 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Total scenes 2 3
*apply to both Solo and Duologue candidates
Theme and genre - Selected scenes must differ in theme, setting, type of character or mood enabling candidates to display some contrast. Selected scenes must differ in theme, setting, type of character or mood enabling candidates to display some contrast and range. Selected scenes must differ in genre and style or theme, setting, character and mood enabling the candidate to display range and ability.
Selected scenes must enable candidates to engage with complex emotions and universal themes.
Scene of own choice The own choice scene must be selected from a published play or screenplay, a published collection of solo or duologue scenes or be adapted from the dialogue of a published novel. One other scene must be selected from a published play or screenplay post 1980 of the candidate’s choice.
The own choice scene must not be taken from The LAMDA Acting Anthology.
Any published translation of non-English language texts is acceptable.
Language The language of the selected scene must be simple and accessible, with vocabulary and sentence structure that conveys meaning clearly and unambiguously. The language of the own choice scene must contain a variety of expressive vocabulary and offer some opportunity for interpretative choices. The language of the own choice scene must contain some subtlety in vocabulary and syntax so that there are opportunities for a variety of approaches and interpretative choices. The content and language of selected scenes must be technically challenging e.g. in terms of vocal range and dexterity.
Characters Candidates may only play one character in each selected scene. Where the lines of other characters are omitted, candidates must ensure coherence i.e. the emotional and intellectual fluency of the scene is maintained.
Male characters may be played by females and vice versa. Male characters are strongly advised not to play female characters and vice versa because of the additional demands of such characterizations.
Other Comedy sketches and monologues written for specific performers are not acceptable.
General Notes and Regulations
Both candidates in a Duologue and/or a Combined examination must be entered at the same grade level.
Candidates may not enter for both Solo and Duologue/Combined examinations at the same grade level in the one examination session.
Candidates may not enter for both Solo and Duologue/Combined examinations at different grade levels in the one examination session.
Duologue/Combined partners may not interchange with other candidates. Substitution will only be allowed under exceptional circumstances.
Scenes may be presented in the order of the candidate’s choice.
Prompters are not permitted. Examiners may prompt at their discretion.
Full costume must not be worn. Long practice skirts, which allow freedom of movement, may be used together with small items such as scarves, hats, shawls, gloves, canes etc. Hand props are permitted but must be kept to a minimum. Real knives or other weapons are not permitted.
Any time taken for changes and the setting or striking of props must be included in the time of the scene.
The examiner reserves the right to halt scenes that exceed the stipulated time allowance.
Hairstyles must not obscure the face and shoes must not hinder movement. Suitable shoes must be worn for all scenes unless the character portrayed is bare-foot. Nudity is not permitted.
Candidates must bring legible copies of all selections for the examiner.
Candidates must write the play title and character at the top of the Examination Report prior to entering the examination room.
Candidates must not present the same scene for more than one examination.
Speeches which are directly addressed to an audience must not be focused solely on the examiner; however the examiner should be included in the wider imagined audience.
Although the use of accent/dialect is not compulsory, the style and intent of the playwright should be taken into consideration in the interpretation of a role.
Duologue/Combined candidates will be assessed through open discussion with both candidates in the Knowledge section of each examination.