On Saturday I listened to over 50 children perform at The
Chelmsford Speech and Drama Festival! It’s such a lovely little festival and
well attended. The children I watched were absolutely fantastic, and I was so
pleased that my musical theatre group came 3rd with their
performance of ‘Belle.’
Whilst I was at the Festival I managed to catch up with one
of the adjudicators, Samantha Tucker, and she gave me some handy hints as to what
LAMDA examiners and festival adjudicators are looking for.
For Poetry Exams;
Facial expression and the ability to convey
different emotions. A good idea is to do your poem in front of a mirror to make
sure that your facial expressions are really clear.
Slow down when you are performing your poem,
although you have heard this poem lots of times it’s the first time that your
audience have heard this poem.
Pause for three seconds between each stanza.
Have fun and be confident!
For Acting Exams:
Make sure the unseen characters are really
clear, it’s best to have them on a diagonal so that you are never in profile.
The audience wants to see your face at all times.
Slow down, especially if the unseen character is
supposed to be saying something. Leave a pause as if they’re actually speaking.
Use the space, don’t just stand on the spot and recite
your speech. Find reasons for your character to move!
Have fun and be confident!!
At the moment my LAMDA students are getting ready for their
next exam in February so hopefully they can take all these things on board!