London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA)

LAMDA began offering speech examinations to the public in the 1880s and are the oldest awarding organisation, offering world- renowned qualifications in communication and performance and inspiring our students to become confident communicators through drama, literature, poetry and theatre. Mockingbird Youth Theatre have been providing LAMDA Examinations in Qatar for 6 years and have outstanding results with 80 percent of students achieving Merits and Distinctions.


The LAMDA Speaking of Verse and Prose.

Students develop a whole range of skills, from speaking clearly and using voice projection, to improving memorisation and building an understanding of poetry and prose. The Verse and Prose exams are designed for our younger Mockingbird students. It is a great way to expose children to literature and poetry and is a great way to deepen their engagement with text in a fun way.

LAMDA Performance – Acting Exams

The Acting exams develop our student's vocal, physical and interpretive skills while they develop into characters and explore background of dramatic texts. Alongside performing they also gain an understanding of the context and characters within them. Working through the grades takes our students through the development of clear speaking and character portrayal to an understanding of a playwrights style, the influence of theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski and an appreciation and understanding of subtext. Students can take the exam by themselves (solo) or in a pair (duologue).

LAMDA – Musical Theatre

Group Musical Theatre exams encourage our students to develop their musical, acting and dance skills as a group. – performing their scenes together as a full cast. As our students work through the grades they develop their technical skills, deepen their understanding of material and bring creative characters to their scenes. Teamwork is very important and the group will be graded together, receiving one collective result for all their hard work.

The Key Benefits of LAMDA Examinations are

- Opportunity to perform
- Increased confidence
- Clear speaking and character development.
- Creativity and self-expression.
- Develop memory skills and build a strong speaking voice.

Once you have passed the LAMDA exam, you will have earnt a qualification that is recognised all over the world. For grades 6 and upwards the exams you can gain UCAS points to help with University entry.

Schools that liaise with us to provide LAMDA classes report an increase in confidence and improved spoken English among their students.


About LAMDA Results

Certificates arrived from our November 2022 and January 2023 examinations, where we had our best results in 7 Years!
All students achieved Distinctions and Merits. Many students achieved over 90% in their exams. These exams included many students from Year 1 to Year 13 at Doha College and Doha English Speaking School.

A representative from LAMDA said:

Mockingbird Performing Arts provide an impressive standard of work and organisation to ensure success and excellence for the students.

2022-2023 results summary:
  • 180 students completed their LAMDA exams in November 2022 an January 2023 across Acting, Musical Theatre and Verse and Prose.
  • Students completing Grades 6-8 are the equivalent of an A-level Drama in UCAS points.
  • Students completing Grades 4–5 are the equivalent of a GSCE Drama exam.


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