Students at Sheffield theatre school score top marks in prestigious drama exams
Students at a Sheffield-based theatre school have passed prestigious drama exams with flying colours, despite having to do remote learning due to lockdown.
The London academy of music and dramatic art (Lamda) exams, which were held for the first time at the school, saw 14 part-time students take part remotely via Zoom.
Out of 14, 12 of them achieved the highest distinction grade and the other two passed with a strong merit.
Like schools across the country, Razzamataz has been closed during the various lockdowns but this did not stop the children and young people learning.
Principal of Razzamataz Sheffield Helen Bell said: “We are so proud of these students who did so well in their final exams.
“This was the first time any of them had taken a drama exam and to learn so much of it during lockdown and then have to perform via Zoom, it shows what resilience they have.”
The students were between the ages of nine to 16 and the younger group performed one monologue and the older group performed two.
They were supported by their teachers and worked for months on pace, character, blocking and all things performance.
They also had to show a deeper understanding with knowledge questions, where they were quizzed on certain aspects on their chosen piece.
Students attending Razzamataz Sheffield take part in dance, singing and drama classes and cover the whole of the performing arts spectrum from classic West End musical theatre, through to commercial dance, acting for camera and pop singing.
For students that want to explore their drama skills further, the school also offers Razz Act, where they are able to take their LAMDA exams.
Angela McGarry, mum of student Lucie said: “Thank you so much for this. We are obviously over the moon and extremely proud of Lucie’s results. Thank you all and special thanks to Lucie’s teacher Nina for all the support and encouragement given to Lucie along the way.”
The LAMDA exams are a recognised qualification with the more advanced grades being awarded UCAS points.
Former students at Razzamataz Sheffield have gone on to study performing arts at SLP College in Garforth near Leeds, universities and a few have returned to be teachers and staff members.
Razzamataz Sheffield is gearing up for their face-to-face reopening on Saturday, April 17.