Performing Arts & Music > Acting

Private Performance and Communication Programme

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This course can be taken at any time.



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Course Type:

Part Time Day

Course Location:

Westville (DURBAN)

Course Description:

Private training is offered to children and adults who wish to work on performance pieces for LAMDA examinations OR for those who want to develop skills such as public speaking, orals, presentations, performance work as required for school assessments and audition pieces. If you require private training but do not wish to complete a LAMDA examination, contact us to discuss your specific requirement.

We provide private training via LAMDA: Acting | Devising Drama | Musical Theatre | Mime | Verse & Prose | Reading for Performance | Public Speaking.

This programme requires students to practice at home, which is all part of developing the important skill of time management.

Private training ranges from 30 minutes to 1 hour in duration, depending on the examination grade being entered and takes place during the school term. Time is booked on a first come first serve basis – contact us for available time slots. Training is undertaken at one of our studios and is available for students from the age of 8, with no maximum age for private classes. 

An overview of the LAMDA modules offered is shown, in brief, below:

ACTING - LAMDA examinations in Acting use the preparation and performance of dramatic scenes to support the development of self-confidence and communication skills. By portraying other characters, learners can explore a range of different personalities and emotions, which in turn makes them more emotionally aware and empathetic. Exploring different characters also allows learners to get to the heart of how feelings and emotions dictate behaviour, encouraging them to become more self-aware. As with all LAMDA examinations, the development of a clear speaking voice and good body language are an integral and positive product of the exams.

DEVISING DRAMA - LAMDA examinations in Devising Drama provide the opportunity to develop creative thinking skills. Learners devise a scene based on a theme or stimulus, exploring creatively, thinking about each element of the scene and constructing it for maximum impact. As the learner also devises the text, our Devising Drama exams provide opportunities to experiment with words and develop an understanding of the impact of language.

VERSE & PROSE - LAMDA examinations use poetry and prose to develop effective oral communication skills that will prove invaluable throughout life. Performing texts from memory develops strong presentation skills and a good speaking voice. Equally importantly, memorising a number of pieces encourages self-discipline and focus. These classes start from Grade 4 and above, where sight-reading is introduced, these exams also help candidates to think on their feet.

MUSICAL THEATRE  - LAMDA examinations in Musical Theatre help students to develop their acting and singing skills.The focus is on acting through song. Like the Acting exams, they encourage empathy and self-awareness, as learners are required to present believable characters through both acting and song.

READING FOR PERFORMANCE – These examinations help to develop self-confidence and maturity as both are needed to put together your own recital. Learners also prepare and memorise introductions, linking sentences and conclusions for their recitals – invaluable presentation techniques that are applied throughout life.

 MIME – LAMDA Miming examinations allow learners to develop a strong understanding of non-verbal communication. By putting together mimes and mime scenes that convey particular actions or emotions, they understand how body language and facial expression can be used to communicate how a person feels. Mime also helps learners to understand how facial expression and body language can be used in a persuasive way.

 SPEAKING IN PUBLIC – Using Spoken English and Speaking in Public LAMDA examinations in Using Spoken English (Entry Level to Grade 5) and Speaking in Public (Grade 6 to Grade 8) showcase good presentation and communication skills. They also help learners to develop conversation and listening skills. The requirement to present a talk or speech also helps the development of practical presentation skills, including knowing how to structure a talk or presentation, determining what to include and considering the vocabulary needed to achieve maximum impact. From Grade 6 and above, where impromptu speeches are introduced, these exams also encourage learners to think on their feet and to structure a considered argument under time constraint.

Course Tags:

Acting, Drama , Public Speaking, Confidence Building

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