Reading for Performance

Learners gain the skills to bring words on a page to life by creating a compelling themed recital.
A LAMDA learner laughs working on a script

About the Reading for Performance exam

Learners taking their Reading for Performance exams are exploring the art of bringing a book to life. They are building performances around themes, selecting texts and forming them into an engaging recital by linking the works with their own words. Their performances are animated and imaginative and designed to draw in an audience by using movement and vocals to reflect the contrasting text. 

At Level Three, learners are using their research skills to prepare their recital, and also responding to texts immediately as they sight-read during their exams. 

LAMDA is recognised to award qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales (QiW), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). 

Reading for Performance solo exams at Entry Level, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 are now available online. Find out how to book here

What does the exam involve?

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 10 minutes 

Performing a themed recital with: 

  • an introduction 
  • two verse readings 
  • one linking statement 
  • a conclusion 

Answering questions about: 

  • the reasoning for the choice of theme  
  • the reasoning for the choice of readings 
  • the meaning of words or phrases from the verses 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 15 minutes 

Performing a themed recital with: 

  • an introduction 
  • one verse reading 
  • one prose reading 
  • one linking statement 
  • a conclusion 

Answering questions about: 

  • the reasoning for the choice of theme  
  • the reasoning for the choice of readings 
  • the events and characters from the book that the prose reading was selected from 
  • the meaning of words or phrases from the verses 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 20 minutes 

Performing a themed recital with: 

  • an introduction 
  • one verse reading 
  • one prose reading 
  • one further reading of either verse or prose 
  • two linking statements 
  • a conclusion  

Answering questions about: 

  • the reasoning behind the choice of readings, theme and staging 
  • the relationship between two characters in the book that the prose reading was selected from 
  • the main plot of the book that the prose reading was selected from 
  • the content and mood of the verse reading 
  • the contrast between the verse and prose readings 

Type of exam: Solo 

Time allowance: 30-35 minutes 

Performing a themed recital with: 

  • an introduction 
  • one verse reading 
  • one prose reading 
  • one further reading of either verse, prose or dramatic monologue 
  • two linking statements 
  • a conclusion  

Sight-reading a short text

Answering questions about: 

  • the choice of theme, readings and staging 
  • the theme, characters and events in the book that the prose reading was selected from 
  • the text and subtext of the book that the prose reading was selected from 
  • the content of the other readings 
  • the research and preparation for the linking statements 
  • the techniques used to convey mood, period, style and form 
  • the techniques for effective sight-reading 

Requirements

Full details of the requirements, assessment criteria and regulations for each grade can be found in the LAMDA Communication Graded Examinations Syllabus. 

Resources

All our syllabi are available for download, or you can purchase our full range of publications from our online shop.

You will need: 

  • Communication Syllabus from August 2019 

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