Stone’s Rooftop Studios is celebrating yet another set of exceptional results from students in recent LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Drama exams.
All five students who took the gruelling exams achieved sought-after distinctions at various grades. They include 10 year old Jessica Cresswell – who has already appeared in a number of professional TV commercials – gaining distinction at Grade 1; 14 year old Alexander Walton at Grade 3; 16 year old Joshua Hallows and 11 year old James Tong both at Grade 4; and 15 year old Joshua Ross who achieved a distinction at Acting Grade 6, bagging himself a Bronze Medal award as part of the package.
These achievements are the result of a tough exam process which sees candidates undertake two elements; performance and discussion. They first give a performance – which may consist of acted monologues and scenes, a poetry or prose recital or a presentation on a chosen subject – which is watched by an examiner. After the performance, the candidate sits down with the examiner for a formal discussion about the piece, the technicalities of the acting process and acting theory.
Interestingly, of the students who took the exams this time the majority are boys – as studio director Laura Keeling explains:
“We are so, so proud of the achievements of all five students – LAMDA examinations are tough! It’s even better to see so many boys staying on and pursuing performing arts right through until they leave school. Traditionally, male participation in our classes tends to drop a little from the age of 13 as boys focus on sports and other activities, but I think the huge talent of young, British male actors on the international stage is starting to change this, and boys are really embracing it.
“We’ve got some hugely talented youngsters at the studio but we must also thank our LAMDA drama tutors, Nick Earnshaw and Kit Henson, as they work hard to bring out students’ true potential. As both are professional actors in their own right, they know the standard of performance required and are perfectly placed to coach youngsters with their sights set on a career on the stage.”
LAMDA Drama exams from grade 6 upwards also count toward UCAS points; providing a useful boost to those looking to secure a place in further education – be it at Drama School or a University to study a non performing-arts subject.