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: 10-15 minutes 

Performing one 2-3 minute mime scene

Answering questions about:  

  • the choice of theme 
  • the sequence of activities 

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 10-15 minutes  


  • one mime 
  • one 2-3 minute mime scene 

Answer questions about:  

  • the characters 
  • the sequence of events 
  • the location 
  • the use of movement and facial expressions 

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 20-25 minutes 


  • one mime 
  • one 3-4 minute mime scene 

Answering questions about: 

  • the characters 
  • the use of movement and space 
  • the reasons for the choice of mimes 
  • the development of the mime scene  

Type of exam: Solo or Duologue 

Time allowance: 25-40 minutes 


  • two 3-4 minute mime scenes (or three 3-4 minute mime scenes for Grade 8) 
  • one short improvised scene 

Answering questions about: 

  • technique 
  • mood 
  • context 
  • the choices made 
  • commedia dell’arte 
  • the influence of one mime practitioner 


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


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                                                         
  • Mime Matters

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