A8 - GRADED EXAMINATIONS IN DRAMA: MIMING (SOLO/DUOLOGUE)
Purpose of the Qualification
LAMDA examinations in Miming are designed to develop the skills necessary to create a performance using non-verbal techniques.
These examinations also provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills which support the delivery of dramatic text. For this reason, these examinations complement Graded Examinations in Performance: Acting (Solo, Duologue and Combined).
Broad Objectives of the Examinations

- Interpretative skills
To communicate an activity, situation and/or character non-verbally.
To suspend disbelief by focusing on the immediacy of an activity, situation and/or character in order to create a credible sense of reality.

- Technical skills
To build physical awareness, control, precision, flexibility and co-ordination in order to clarify an activity, situation and/or character non-verbally.

- Knowledge of the performance process
To understand how to create, shape and structure mimes and mime scenes.

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

Miming The learners(s) must present a prepared mime scene. The title must be announced prior to the performance.
1. Interpretation and Technique
Except grade 8, duologuelearners
must present their mimes individually.
2. Interpretation and Technique
Duologuelearners must present the mime scene together.
3. Knowledge
Learners will answer questions on the following.
Entry N/A Solo and Duologue scenes must be between 2 min to
3 min in performance time.
It includes a sequence of activities , set at one of the following:
Sports day
The zoo

The carnival
The reason(s) for choosing the title
The sequence of activities within the mine scene
Level 1 Grade 1 Mimes must be between 30 sec to 1 min Choose any 1 of titles:
Opening a parcel
Eating fruit
Using a computer
Choose any 1 of titles:
At the shopping mall
On the beach
In the art lesson
The reason(s) for choosing the title
How the chosen object felt to the touch in the prepared mime
Grade 2 Choose any 1 of titles:
Walking on pebbles
Walking in new shoes
Walking through deep mud
Choose any 1 of titles:
In a café
In the museum
In a crowded train
The reason(s) for choosing the title
The sensation of movement on your chosen mine surface
The use of the performance space
Grade 3 Choose any 1 of titles:
Moving a heavy object
Trying on clothes
Working out at the gym
Choose any 1 of titles:
The concert
An experiment
The examination
The reason(s) for choosing the title
The feelings when you carried out your chosen mine activity
The physical aspects of the prepared mime scene locations
Level 2 Grade 4 Mimes must be between 1 min to 2 min. The mime depicts a character involved in a specific occupation. Solo and Duologue scenes must be between 3 min to
4 min in performance time.
The mime depicts an episode and character from a story, book, film or play. The appearance of the characters
The feelings of the character in the mine
Any mood changes through the mime scene
Grade 5 The mime depicts an animal, bird or reptile. The mime depicts a character of their own choice, who comes into contact with an imaginary person. Duologue learners must present the scene together, each learner creating their own imaginary person. The qualities of the animal, bird or reptile being mined
How physical characteristics affected their movement
The behaviour of the imagined character in the mime scene
The reaction of the mine character to this behaviour
Level 3 Grade 6 The mime depicts a dream sequence which incorporates the use of slow motion for at least 30 seconds. The mime depicts a character of their own choice, who comes into conflict with an imaginary person. Duologue learners must present the scene together, each learner creating their own imaginary person. N/A
Grade 7 The mime uses a cultural or historical context. The mime is inspired by one of the following word:
Green         Fog
Fear           Power
Harmony     Aroma
N/A
Grade 8 present a prepared mime scene of their own choice, using a full face mask. The mime explores a humorous situation. The humour must arise from the situation itself, not just the character’s reaction to the situation. The mime uses a picture, poem or piece of music of the learners’ own choice as the stimulus. The learners(s) must bring the stimulus with them into the examination room. Technical equipment must be provided and operated by the learners(s).

Miming 4. Knowledge
Learners will answer questions on the following.
Level 3 Grade 6 The demands and difficulties of moving in slow motion
The reason(s) for using slow motion at that particular point
How the conflict was created and developed
How the imagined character behaved in the mime scene
The response of the mined character to this behaviour
Grade 7 How the chosen context affected how the character moved
The emotional mood of the scene
The feelings the emotional mood evoked in the mimed character
The key stages developing the scene from the chosen word stimulus
The interpretation of the chosen word stimulus
Grade 8 The process for balancing technique with emotional truth in mime
Analysis the feelings when wearing a full face mask
How to relate this through analysis to the mines presented
The miming techniques required when performing in a full face mask
General Notes and Regulations
Both learners in a Duologue examination must be entered at the same grade level.
Learners may not enter for both Solo and Duologue examinations at the same grade level in the one examination session.
Learners may not enter for both Solo and Duologue examinations at different grade levels in the one examination session.
Duologue partners may not interchange with other learners. Substitution will only be allowed under exceptional circumstances.
A mime scene has a context and a line of development from beginning to end. A mime concentrates on the action/reaction only.
Mimes and mime scenes may be presented in the order of the learner’s choice.
Learners may use recorded music and/or sound effects but must provide and operate their own sound equipment.
Clothing and footwear must be suitable for the work. Hairstyles must not obscure the face. Nudity is not permitted.
Words must not be mouthed by learners.
The examiner reserves the right to halt mimes and mime scenes that exceed the stipulated time allowance.
Duologue learners will be assessed through open questioning with both learners in the Knowledge section of each examination.