LAMDA examinations are designed to equip candidates, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life. The classes are an enjoyable and social experience which will allow boys to develop communication skills, refine their stage skills and promote teamwork. The examinations provide candidates with the opportunity to acquire skill certification for their school profile and receive critical appraisal for future development. The aim is that the experience builds the boys confidence and self-esteem alongside gaining a qualification.
CLS registered as a Private LAMDA centre in 2008 with both members of the Department qualified to teach the examinations which are currently offered to boys from First Form through to S6. Approximately 90 candidates opt to join the LAMDA programme per academic year. The programme is taught at lunchtimes and after school with one weekly session per year group.
Sixth Former Freddie talks about his experience completing LAMDA at CLS
I took my Grade 1 LAMDA exam in 2nd form for the first time and simply loved every minute of it, continuing all the way up to Grade 7. It involves learning monologues or duologues and spending about 3 months rehearsing them before a formal performance of your material in front of an examiner. The more advanced the Grade, the more knowledge you need about both your playwright and the play and at a very basic level LAMDA is brilliant as it allows you to gain a deeper understanding of how acting really works.
Personally, I’ve loved it because of the range of different acting styles for different genres you can apply, and the freedom to be able to choose what you perform; comic duologues with friends, naturalism and unsurprisingly a lot of Shakespeare. It’s been incredibly useful for me as it’s both helped me when I need to do any public speaking as well as providing well-rehearsed monologues for auditions outside the school.
Overall, LAMDA is both a fun thing to do with friends as well as a really useful and interesting way to learn about acting and theatre.
It involves learning monologues or duologues and spending about 3 months rehearsing them before a formal performance.