All the world’s a stage for pupils at ACS International School Hillingdon

The benefits of learning performance skills with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art extend well beyond the theatre, say participants

Students at ACS International School Hillingdon have been enjoying the benefits of a partnership with the oldest drama school in the UK, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

A wide variety of lessons are being learned in the collaboration. The speaking in public drama programme, for example, offers help with speech writing, improvisation and live performance, while a Shakespeare-based course covers interpretation and performance skills through the lens of traditional Elizabethan theatre.

Other areas of learning in the LAMDA Level 3 qualification include body language, character development, audition and interview, set design, costume, script adaptations, direction and production.

“It’s essential for our young people to feel positive about public speaking, and through this engaging course students deliver both prepared and impromptu speeches,” said school principal, Lisa Blair.

“Physical and vocal skills are developed throughout the course with the aim of reaching and engaging audiences.”

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Advantages to be gained from studying drama extend beyond the stage, according to one LAMDA course participant.

“Not only have I deepened my knowledge and understanding of Shakespearean language and public speaking, but I am now so much more confident in projecting my voice,” said student Giaccomo Grilli Blair.

“It’s a liberating feeling, and I know the skills I have learnt will be really useful to me as I move on to university and beyond.”

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