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LAMDA Speech and Drama

LAMDA speech and drama classes are extra-curricular drama lessons leading to exams set by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. They take place in small groups during lunchtimes or after school.

"I’ have enjoyed LAMDA, it helps my interation with other people and has helped improve my self-confidence significantly".LAMDA Silver Medal Student


All aspects of communication and performance skills are covered and lessons will give your sons an appreciation of poetry, prose and play text. It is hoped to give the students vocal and physical confidence, and to encourage them to work creatively and sympathetically with others. It is our aim for the boys to acquire knowledge and skills AND have fun in a relaxed, positive atmosphere.


Around 220 boys take LAMDA drama classes each year. The examinations take place in the College and we are now teaching up to Grade 8/Gold Medal, which is the final grade. These examinations are accredited and used by universities as evidence of a broad oral foundation and an extended literary background. Grades 6, 7 and 8 earn UCAS tariff points.

General Information

We welcome applications from boys in Year 4 to year 11 and are happy to include older boys even if they have no experience of Speech and Drama. Boys may join classes at any time throughout the academic year where there is available space. There are approximately 30 lessons per academic year, although not necessarily divided into 10 per term.

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Independent Schools of the Year 2019

In 2019 Dulwich College was awarded Independent School of the Year for the Performing Arts, acknowledging the work and talent of the Drama and Music departments. The award was conferred by Independent School Parent magazine. 

Drama Team

Kathryn Norton-Smith

Director of Drama

Emma Prendergast

Teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies

Lucy Mackenzie

Teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies

Mark Wignall

Teacher of Drama and Theatre Studies

Catherine Ibbotson

Teacher of Dance and Drama

Eddie Loodmer-Elliott

Director in Residence

Carol Morris

Theatre Manager

Heather Baskerville

Theatre Co-ordinator & Location Manager