Devising Drama

For those with creative flair, learners showcase their imagination from ideas through to performance.
A LAMDA learner taking an exam

About the Devising Drama exam

For those that want to make their own work, our Devising Drama exams allow learners to create their own scenes from scratch. 

Provided with a list of themes to pick from, learners create the characters and write the scripts themselves. As they progress to the higher grades, learners will develop an understanding of dramatic structure and staging, using movement and mood, style and space. For their Level Three exams, learners will also perform short improvised scenes – unplanned and unscripted.

Learners can either take their Devising Drama exams by themselves (solo) or in a pair with a fellow learner (duologue). 

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). 

All Devising Drama - Solo exams are available online. Find out how to book here

What does the exam involve? 

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: Solo: 10 minutes, Duologue: 15 minutes 

  • Devising and performing one scene as detailed in the syllabus
  • Answering questions related to their performance

Please see the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus (2019)

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: Solo: 15 minutes, Duologue: 20 minutes

  • Devising and performing two scenes as detailed in the syllabus
  • Answering questions related to their performance

Please see the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus (2019)

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: Solo: 20 minutes, Duologue: 25 minutes

  • Performing two scenes devised by the learner, as detailed in the syllabus
  • Answering questions related to their performances

Please see the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus (2019) for full details.

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 

Grades 6 & 7: Solo: 25 minutes, Duologue: 30 minutes
Grade 8: Solo: 30 minutes, Duologue: 35 minutes

Performing:

  • two scenes devised by the learner as detailed in the syllabus
  • one short, improvised scene based on a stimulus provided by the examiner
  • answering questions related to their performances

Please see the LAMDA Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus (2019) for full details.

Requirements

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

Resources

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

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