LAMDA Education Programme

Pangdemonium brings its own creative flair to the LAMDA syllabus!

LAMDA are the UK’s oldest examination board in speech and drama operating since 1861. They now have students across the globe working towards their internationally recognised qualifications and are recognised for excellence in the provision of Communication and Performance examinations. Students often go on to further their chosen career or simply take up the programmes as a worthwhile hobby – higher grades also qualify for UCAS points and can be used towards the American College Entry forms.

Working towards a LAMDA examination is both fun and rewarding – within a safe environment where the Learner can develop to their true potential and become a confident communicator in whichever career path they choose.

Pangdemonium aims to bring its own creative flair to the LAMDA syllabus and are able to offer a variety of programmes for all age groups with each programme tailored to meet your individual needs.

Programmes offered include:

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Performance: Acting

LAMDA Graded examinations in Acting are designed to develop the skills necessary essay to communicate dramatic text to an audience. They build self confidence and teach the learner the skills required to engage an audience and enjoy the craft of performance exploring style, form and character development whilst developing skills in voice, diction and movement.

Split into three levels students will learn:

Junior (8 – 10 years old):
How to develop basic acting skills whilst working towards either your grades 1 or 2 – learning to memorise pieces and perform them audibly and clearly demonstrating an understanding of the material whilst using the voice, face and body in response to the text.

Intermediate: (11 – 14 years old)
Working towards their grade 3, 4 or 5 exams, students develop a broader range of acting skills showing a sound understanding of the material and leading to an imaginative interpretation  showing off technical skills learned within class, such as using the voice ensuring clarity of diction, audibility and  use of pace and pause whilst also creating a physical response to the text.

Senior: (14 – 18years old)
Working towards their Grade 6 (Bronze), Grade 7 (Silver) or Grade 8 (Gold) students will develop a wider range of acting skills and select their scenes in order to integrate their knowledge and skills in order to demonstrate a broad understanding of the material presented. At the senior grades we aim to develop a sense of ownership and self awareness, combining physical and vocal flexibility in order to develop a character and engage the audience.

Adult Classes take the senior level to greater depth and also cover the more technical aspects of voice, posture and developing the ability to sustain either a performance whilst working at a professional standard.

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Communication: Speaking in Public

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Speaking in Public are designed to develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication and public presentation. These examinations will benefit those wishing to communicate confidently using the English language. Students learn to develop their oral, technical and communication skills across all three levels offered.

Split into three levels students will Learn:

Junior (8 -10 years old):
Working towards their Grade 1 and 2 examinations students develop their basic skills in public speaking and learn how to deliver a speech with a clear structure, speaking both audibly and clearly whilst using visual aids to help engage their audience.

Intermediate (11 – 14 years old):
Working towards their Grade 3,4 and 5 examinations students further develop their communication skills by learning to select appropriate subject matter and prepare and deliver two contrasting speeches in a confident manner. Use of body language and vocal skills are combined to enable the speaker to engage the audience and Learners are expected to discuss the skills required in developing their speeches, whilst also holding a conversation with the examiner on a given topic.

Senior (15 – 18years old):
Working towards their Grade 6 (Bronze Medal), Grade 7 (Silver medal ) and Grade 8 (Gold Medal) students develop a wide range of skills in public speaking delivering two prepared speeches and one impromptu speech. They will be able to integrate their knowledge and skills, demonstrating an understanding of the subject matter and the techniques required to speak in public. Learners will be able to answer questions on the techniques used for both speaking in public and the preparation of their speeches.

Adult Classes: take the senior level to greater depth and also cover the more technical aspects of voice, posture and developing the ability to deliver speeches that are tailored towards a more corporate environment.

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Pricing
(All classes are 1 hour per week – prices inc GST)
Junior Classes – $345 per ten week term
Intermediate – $395 per ten week term
Senior – $445 per ten week term
Adults – $545 per ten week term

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Schedule

Communication: Speaking in Public (Level 1)
Sundays, 10:00 – 11:00am

Communication: Speaking in Public (Level 2)
Sundays, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Communication: Speaking in Public (Level 3)
Sundays, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Communication: Speaking in Public (Adults)
Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Performance: Acting (Level 1)
Sundays, 2:00 – 3:00pm

Performance: Acting (Level 2)
Sundays, 3:00 – 4:00pm

Performance: Acting (Level 3)
Sundays, 4:00 – 5:00pm

Performance: Acting (Adults)
Thursday, 7:30 – 9:00pm

One-On-One Classes
Sundays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Thursdays, 10:00am – 7:00pm

For more information and registration, contact education@pangdemonium.com

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About the Lead Facilitator

Mark Waite, BSc(Hons), LLAM

Mark has had over twenty years working in both professional theatre and as an educator in the UK and in Singapore.

Originally training in Acting and Musical Theatre at the Mountview Academy for Performing Arts he went on to work as a professional actor and relocated to Singapore in 1999 where he became the first non-Singaporean to win the Best Actor Award at the Straits Times Life Theatre Awards in 2004. He relocated back to the UK in 2006 where he took up the post as Director of Bigfoot Arts Education in West Kent and worked with over a hundred schools providing a variety of Arts and Literature Programmes.

In 2014 he and his partner adopted two children and so Mark took a break from full time teaching and became a stay at home Dad, although that didn’t stop him writing an award winning blog, ‘4 Relative Strangers’ that went on to win him the BAAF Adoption Champion of the Year at the 2014 National UK Adoption Awards, as well as entering numerous private students for the LAMDA examinations, with plenty of merits and distinctions to add to their names.

Mark then went on to join LAMDA as part of the examining board and in 2019 took a visit back to Singapore where he was offered the chance to help create a new Drama Education programme for Pangdemonium, whom he now joins as Head of Education.

Please contact him at mark@pangdemonium.com