Hear From the People Behind Our Shakespeare Examinations

Hear From the People Behind Our Shakespeare Examinations

LAMDA’s new Shakespeare Qualification is designed to help Learners develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s language and the skills to communicate Shakespearean text to an audience.

We interviewed the panel of experts who supported LAMDA Examinations in the development of the Qualification to learn more about the benefits and challenges for Learners, and their own Shakespearean inspirations! First up, we sat down with John Lawton, Head of LAMDA Examinations.

What’s Exciting about these Qualifications?

"LAMDA’s new Shakespeare Qualification gives Learners the opportunity to demonstrate their performance skills and knowledge of Britain’s greatest and most prolific playwright."

Benefits for Learners

"As with all LAMDA qualifications, the key benefit for Learners should be the enhanced confidence they gain from studying for, and being examined in, a discipline which requires dedication, practice, challenge and self-belief. To pass our Shakespeare Qualification, available at three levels, Learners must really work on their memory skills, their articulation, the rhythm of the language and their technique. LAMDA examinations focus on enabling young people especially to be confident communicators; to have something to say and to express it well and with conviction. Older adults, too, who already have a love of Shakespeare, will enjoy demonstrating their skills and knowledge at examination. Having studied Shakespeare, we feel that this qualification will inspire Learners to read more Shakespeare, to go to more plays and, yes, as you might expect from a drama school, to be interested enough to want to perform his work."

Favourite Shakespeare Play

"I like the political intrigue of Julius Caesar and Richard III; both of which I studied at school. They convey a sense of period in many respects. They are stories; not factual tracts, but they transmit a feeling of character which enable the reader or listener to at least glimpse at the past and the texts help bring that past to life. The struggles of Brutus in Julius Caesar, for example, have political resonance today. Brutus’s descriptions of Caesar and the latter’s desire to cling to power could be headlines taken out of today’s newspapers!"

Favourite Shakespearean Character

"I enjoyed LAMDA’s production of Richard III, so he, as Duke of Gloucester, remains my favourite Shakespearean character, even in a modern interpretation. Again the political intrigue in the play interests me, as do the various interpretations and portrayals of Richard’s disability and the prejudice and discrimination he faced. I am sure many LAMDA Examiners will be preparing themselves for the opening soliloquy to feature as Learners are examined at Level 3."

If you would like to learn more about the Shakespeare Examinations, and download the syllabus, visit the LAMDA Examinations webpage.

Published on 5 October 2017.

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