Miriam Strikes Gold In LAMDA Grade 8 Medal Examination

Congratulations to Head Girl, Miriam Isaacs, who has been awarded a Grade 8 Gold Medal in Acting by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

LAMDA examinations in Acting are designed to develop the skills necessary to communicate dramatic text to an audience. For her Gold Medal exam Miriam had to prepare three monologue speeches of between four and five minutes each from published plays. Her varied repertoire included ‘Antigone’ by Sophocles, ‘St Joan’ By George Bernard Shaw and ‘Our Country’s Good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker. The extracts demonstrated her ability to convey period and style using contrasting pieces of comedy and drama.

Gold is the highest medal awarded by LAMDA; Miriam, who began studying LAMDA when she was in Year 8, has consistently achieved high marks as she progressed through the grades.

Miriam explained, “I am planning to read English Literature at university and studying for the LAMDA examinations and the Gold Medal has given me a deeper understanding and appreciation of different texts, which has been really valuable preparation for my UCAS application."

Congratulating Miriam LAMDA teacher, Mary MacDonald said, “I am delighted that Miriam has achieved this result. It is the culmination of five years LAMDA study which has included acting, mime, and public speaking. Miriam has had consistently high marks in her examinations, a direct result of her diligence, ownership and mature understanding of the tasks involved. She has had to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the acting process and characters portrayed. She has also studied major drama practitioners and their influence on the acting process as well as the playwrights and the context of their work.

She continued, “I am sure that Miriam will also have found this process of great value, giving her the skills and confidence she needs in the future. The Grade 8 Gold Medal also earns her 30 UCAS points and supports her application for university. Well done Miriam.”

This latest achievement follows on from Miriam’s success earlier in the academic year in the National Catenians Public Speaking Competition for young people, when she was awarded first place.