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Distinction at LAMDA exams for Wincanton Youth Theatre members

Thursday 5 September 2019, 16:41
By Andrew Warren

Photo by Trixie Hiscock, Studio H: Wincanton Youth Theatre members, Declan Power, Emily Hiscock and Joseph Taylor, with their LAMDA Grade 2 certificates of distinction

Over the summer, three aspiring thespians, all members of Wincanton Youth Theatre, took their London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) Grade 2 acting exams.

“These exams tests the actors’ ability to bring the words in their chosen texts to life, interpreting and presenting the scenes in their own way. They each must show awareness of their characters’ situation and setting. It’s also important to develop techniques such as vocal attack, diction, phrasing, breath control, appropriate physicality and movement.

“Declan, Emily, and Joseph had to choose two contrasting scenes to present to the examiner. We carefully selected a dramatic and comedic one for each of them, including an Ugly Sister monologue and a scene from Mother Goose’s Golden Christmas! They performed superbly on the day, and we were all thrilled when they received their grades: they all achieved a distinction; the highest grade.”

 - Sarah Nias, the group’s LAMDA-qualified drama instructor

“We believe that money should be no barrier to demonstrating talent. The theatre is delighted to have funded these exams for these young people. Later this year, two more students will stand before the examiners at LAMDA, and we hope they’re able to repeat the incredibly high standard of this first trio. Well done to Declan, Emily and Joseph.”

 - Andrew Warren, the group’s producer

(Picture by Trixie Hiscock, Studio H, Wincanton)


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