Miming

Explore the art of communication without using words and test the limits of body language and facial expressions.
A LAMDA learner staring at a mask

About the Miming exam

Mime allow us to communicate without using a single word. 

Through single mimed activities and fully developed scenes, our learners work on coordination and control, physical awareness and precise movements of their body to articulate emotion and characterisation in their storytelling. They are also creating their own work, expanding their physical theatre skills as they assemble their own scenes. 

At the higher grades our learners are also discovering the work of famous mime artists like Charlie Chaplin and Marcel Marceau, and learning the history of one of theatre’s most influential forms, commedia dell'arte. 

Learners can either take their Miming exams by themselves (solo) or 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). 

What will the exam involve? 

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

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

  • Performing a prepared mime scene using a title provided by LAMDA, 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: Solo: 10 minutes, Duologue: 15 minutes

  • Creating and perform one mime scene and one prepared mime, using a title provided by LAMDA, detailed in the syllabus
  • Answering questions related to their performances

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

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

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

Performing:  

  • Two prepared mime scenes, both created following parameters detailed in the syllabus
  • Answering questions related to their performances

Please see the LAMDA Communication 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: 40 minutes

  • Learners will create and perform two (Grade 6 & 7) or three (Grade 8) mime scenes, following parameters detailed in the syllabus.

Please see the LAMDA Communication 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.

You will need: 

  • Teacher support material
  • Performance Graded Examinations Syllabus 2019                                                         

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