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LAMDA Graded Acting & Musical Theatre Examinations

At Basics we believe that drama and theatre has the power to transform the lives of young people in Burnley and Lancashire. Developing an inner confidence and a physical presence whilst improving speech and vocal delivery, are just some of the byproducts of a youth well spent at Basics!

We want even more young people in Burnley to share in this experience, hence launching Acting Up – our affiliated LAMDA Graded Drama & Musical Theatre classes.

LAMDA is a fun and rewarding way of developing confidence and also provides a huge boost to your child’s education at both primary and secondary level. LAMDA grades are accredited and and recognised by the board of education and indeed LAMDA grades 6-8 also earn UCAS points. LAMDA exams are oral only with no written exam making the exam style friendly and encouraging.

We offer a full syllabus which caters for Primary and Secondary school aged children. Every child can progress at their own pace through graded examinations.

Our ‘Acting Up’ tutors are DBS checked, first aid trained and highly experienced performers and teachers

Develops self-confidence | Improves literacy | Encourages active participation

LAMDA: ACTING

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Acting

These drama and acting classes are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate dramatic text to an audience.

The aim of these graded examinations is to develop the learner’s:
Interpretative skills
Technical skills
Knowledge of the performance process

In reality, they deliver much more than that with long list of benefits, it’s clear to see why acting lessons provide a great foundation for your child –

Improves literacy skills
Great for children who need to improve their English ESL
LAMDA grades are accredited and recognised by the board of education
LAMDA exams are oral only – no written exam
Exam style is friendly and encouraging
LAMDA grades 6-8 also earn UCAS points

Our LAMDA Musical Theatre & LAMDA Acting Examination Classes are timetabled to accommodate those student wishing to attend both classes. Significant discounts are afforded to those attending both

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Level 1, Grades 1,2 & 3
Helpful hint: this level is perfect for Primary school children
Day: Thursday
Time: 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Cost: £20 per month (£33.50 for students attending LAMDA Musical Theatre classes in addition)
Max No. of students 10 per class

Level 2, Grades 4 & 5
Helpful hint: this level is perfect for Secondary School students
Day: Thursday
Time: 5.45pm – 6.30pm
Cost: £27 per month (£47 for students attending LAMDA Musical Theatre classes in addition)
Max No. of students 10 per class

Level 3, grade 6,7 & 8
Helpful hint: this level is perfect for Yr 11 students + course content geared around audition prep. LAMDA grades 6-8 also earn UCAS points
Day: Monday
Time: 6.15pm -7.15pm
Cost: £33.50 per month (£53.50 for students attending LAMDA Musical Theatre classes in addition)
Max No. of students 10 per class

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LAMDA: MUSICAL THEATRE

LAMDA Graded Examinations in Musical Theatre

LAMDA examinations in Musical Theatre help students to develop their singing and performance skills. Learners are required to present believable characters through acting and song and as they learn to do so, they consequently learn empathy and self-awareness.

These Musical Theatre exams also encourage young people to develop practical team-working skills. The ability to sing as a chorus and/or in harmony demands that everybody listen to every other person in the group and work with them to produce a performance that is in tune and in time. These are all transferable skills.

As you expect, as the student progresses through the syllabus, the content and demands increase with difficulty and required level of expertise.

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*Our LAMDA Musical Theatre & LAMDA Acting Examination Classes are timetabled to accommodate those student wishing to attend both classes. Significant discounts are afforded to those attending both*

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Level 1, Grades 1,2 & 3
Helpful hint: this level is perfect for Primary school children
Day: Thursday
Time: 4.00pm – 4.30pm
Cost: £20 per month (£33.50 for students attending LAMDA Acting classes in addition)
Max No. of students 10 per class

Level 2, Grades 4 & 5
Helpful hint: this level is perfect for Secondary School students
Day: Thursday
Time: 5.00pm – 5.45pm
Cost: £27 per month (£47 for students attending LAMDA Acting classes in addition)
Max No. of students 10 per class

Level 3, grade 6,7 & 8
Helpful hint: this level is perfect for Yr 11 students + course content geared around audition prep. LAMDA grades 6-8 also earn UCAS points
Day: Monday
Time: 7.15pm – 8.15pm
Cost: £33.50 per month (£53.50 for students attending LAMDA Acting classes in addition)
Max No. of students 10 per class

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Acting Lead Tutor - Jack Herbert

Jack began performing when he was 14 and was himself a student at Basics. He played many leading roles in Basics’ productions such as 42nd Street, Anything Goes and Miss Saigon and has more recently performed with other local adult theatre groups and the National Youth Theatre. There’s no questioning Jack’s talents. A keen musician and musical director, his singing and musical skills are unrivalled locally. However Jack is also an accomplished actor and has himself taken a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He delivers acting and music programmes throughout primary and secondary schools in East Lancashire. Basics are very fortunate to count Jack as a key member of the production team.

Musical Theatre Lead Tutor - Leanne Bradshaw

Leanne began her studies at the age of 5 when she first joined Basics, only leaving at age 19 when she auditioned for a place at Phil Winstons’ Theatreworks, Blackpool. After graduating from theatre school, Leanne worked and performed professionally for many years, in hundreds of productions throughout the UK with theatre companies. She particularly enjoyed performing with the Centre Parcs’ Production Team at Whinfell Forest and also embarked on a tour with the theatre company, performing in “Westend to Broadway”. In 2011, Leanne moved back to her hometown and has been teaching Drama, Dance and Musical Theatre ever since, specialising in the LAMDA examinations. She is very excited to be back in the rehearsal room at Basics where her love for performing began. Basics has always had a very special place in her heart.