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). 

Devising 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 or Duologue 

Time allowance: 10-15 minutes 

Performing a 2-3 minute scene devised by the learner

Answering questions about: 

  • the choice of theme 
  • where the scene takes place 
  • the story of the scene 

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 15-20 minutes 

Performing a 2-3 minute scene devised by the learner

Answering questions about:

  • the beginning, middle and end of the scenes 
  • the locations, moods and characters 

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 20-25 minutes 

Performing two 3-4 minute scenes devised by the learner

Answering questions about: 

  • the choices made 
  • the preparation and process 
  • the characters’ movement 
  • the working stage area 

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 25-35 minutes 


  • two 3-4 minute (or 4-5 minute for Grade 8) scenes devised by the learner 
  • one short improvised scene 

Answer questions about: 

  • the characters 
  • the preparation and process 
  • the style and period 
  • the choices made 
  • the challenges 
  • the benefits of improvisation while devising drama 


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


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