BIGLITTLE Theatre School offers acting classes to students from 8 years old.  These are available on either a Tuesday evening at our studio headquarters in Christchurch, or on a Wednesday evening at our centre in Ringwood  where LAMDA work is included in the TheatreMachine classes, with Junior & Intermediate level extension classes offered for those requiring additional preparation time for examination entry.

The classes follow the LAMDA syllabus, and for senior students also provide audition preparation for drama school entry.   LAMDA is the UK’s largest statutory speech and drama awarding body, and has a reputation for excellence across the globe.  LAMDA examinations are designed to equip learners, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life.

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JUNIOR ACTING

AGES : FROM 8 years old
[LAMDA GRADES 1-3]

Students in this class follow the LAMDA syllabus from Entry level. This class introduces the main junior syllabus from entry grade covering basic technique and characterisation in both classical and contemporary styles. At this level students are aiming towards being able to reveal an understanding of a character or situation, focusing and engaging with their character.  Students will also be able to apply their knowledge, understanding and skills to produce a thoughtful interpretation, based on creative engagement with the material and careful preparation, speaking from memory.    The classes begin with a physical and vocal warm up and progress onto exercises in characterisation, improvisation and vocal technique. As students follow the LAMDA syllabus, it is encouraged that they are entered into LAMDA examinations, allowing them to progress through the stages and grades developing a deeper understanding of the process of acting. Exam entry is optional at this stage.

Tuesday 4:30pm - 5:30pm
£106 per term

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

INTERMEDIATE ACTING

AGES : 11 - 14 (years 7-10)
[LAMDA GRADES 3-5]

The class covers more advanced technique and characterisation, encouraging students to engage in both Classical and Contemporary styles. The classes begin with a physical and vocal warm up and progress to exercises in characterisation, improvisation and vocal technique. At this level students learn to support their intentions in performance by demonstrating a sound understanding of the material, leading to an imaginative interpretation in which there is consistent application of developing technical skills.  Effective preparation and study will be evident, leading to a secure performance with a sense of spontaneity.  Use of voice, body and space will be effectively combined to communicate the text and engage the audience.   As students follow the LAMDA syllabus, entry into LAMDA examinations is encouraged to allow progress through the stages and grades in order to develop a deeper understanding of the process of acting.  Exam entry is optional at this stage.

Tuesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
£106 per term

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

SENIOR ACTING

AGES : 15+ [SEE TIMINGS OPPOSITE]
[LAMDA GRADES 6+]

This class is aimed at students who have followed the LAMDA syllabus through to the higher grades and wish to work at an advanced level or for older students who wish to start Acting classes and show an aptitude to start the LAMDA syllabus at Advanced level.

The class covers more advanced techniques and characterisation and encourages students to engage in both classical and contemporary styles and to broaden their knowledge of pieces.

The class begins with a physical and vocal warm up and progresses onto exercises in characterisation, improvisation and vocal technique. In senior acting students will also have the opportunity to learn about playwrights and further develop their knowledge of a topic.

Students at this level will be able to integrate their knowledge and skills consciously, demonstrating a mature understanding of the material.  There will be a sense of ownership and self-awareness resulting in a sensitive interpretation.

 Students will combine physical and vocal flexibility to support and inform characterisation in order to engage the audience wholeheartedly, portraying completely believable and well-rounded characters, in a variety of styles.

Entry into LAMDA examinations is encouraged, allowing progress through the stages and grades and thus developing a deeper understanding of the process of acting.  LAMDA examinations from Grade 6 upwards are awarded valuable UCAS tariff points.  Senior students are expected to take examinations.

Senior students who are participating in our Professional Development or GAP Theatre programmes are offered specific acting classes tailored to their specific needs for audition preparation for drama school entry.

Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30pm
YEAR 10+
£159 per term

TUESDAY 7:00 - 8:30pm
YEAR 12+
£159 PER TERM

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 

WEDNESDAY 7:30 - 9:00pm
YEAR 10+
£159 PER TERM

Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road
Ringwood

 
 

 

JUNIOR LAMDA extension

AGES : 8 - 11 (years 4-6)
[LAMDA GRADES 1-3]

As an add-on class to the Junior TheatreMachine classes at our Ringwood centre for those students requiring additional preparation time prior to LAMDA examination entry.  At this level students are aiming towards being able to reveal an understanding of a character or situation, focusing and engaging with their character.

WEDNESDAY 5:00 - 5:30pm
£53 PER TERM

Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road
Ringwood

 
 

 

INTERMEDIATE LAMDA extension

AGES : 11 - 14 (years 7-9)
[LAMDA GRADES 3-5]

As an add-on class to the Intermediate TheatreMachine classes at our Ringwood centre for those students requiring additional preparation time prior to LAMDA examination entry.   At this level students learn to support their intentions in performance by demonstrating a sound understanding of the material, leading to an imaginative interpretation in which there is consistent application of developing technical skills

WEDNESDAY 6:15 - 6:45pm
£53 PER TERM

Trinity Centre, Christchurch Road
Ringwood