Books

The Playing Space has now published two books, with a third on the way:
Poetry for Performance: An Anthology for Speech and Drama Teachers
Acting Exams: A Teacher’s Guide
Scenes from The Classics: The Jungle Book

Poetry for Performance

An Anthology for Speech and Drama Teachers

Available in the UK from Amazon UK

Available in the US from Amazon US and from CreateSpace

This collection of previously unpublished poems is aimed at teachers of Speech and Drama, as well as parents and children who enjoy reading poetry out loud. We have selected the poems especially because they are ideal for performance.

The poems are conveniently divided into age groups (poems for 6–10-year-olds, poems for 10–14-year-olds, poems for performers aged 14 and over) and are perfect for speech and drama exams, festivals and verse speaking competitions, as well as for classroom study.

This anthology also contains a selection of modern sonnets – ideal for LAMDA Grade 7 Verse and Prose exams. With a wide range of styles and subject matter, Poetry For Performance offers something for everyone.


Acting Exams: A Teacher’s Guide

Games and exercises for teachers preparing students for LAMDA exams

VOLUME 1: GRADES 1–3

Available in the UK from Amazon UK

Available in the US from Amazon US and from CreateSpace

This book is an invaluable resource for any teacher preparing students for a LAMDA exam in Acting. It accompanies the LAMDA Acting Anthology, Volume 3, which contains all of the scenes set for Acting exams at Grades 1–5.

For each set solo scene and duologue, this book provides a two-page chapter of teaching ideas. These ideas include group and solo work and range from voice and movement exercises, character studies, improvisations and themed games to research tasks, creative writing and art projects. Also included are guides to the assessment criteria and marking scheme for each exam.

This book also covers essential acting skills and contains a wealth of general advice on teaching drama to children. As such, it will be of huge value to any teacher, not only those whose students will be working on one of the set scenes in the LAMDA Acting Anthology, Volume 3.

This is the first volume of Acting Exams: A Teacher’s Guide. It provides resources for teachers preparing students for an Acting exam at Grades 1–3. The second volume is for teachers whose students are taking an exam at Grades 4 or 5.

Kerry Woods (consultant editor) is a teacher, performer, writer and examiner.

This publication is not affiliated with or endorsed by The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).


We have prepared a range of resources and materials which support the teaching ideas covered in the book. These materials include:

  • for scenes in the Acting Anthology adapted from novels that are no longer in copyright, original source texts
  • worksheets and handouts for use in class
  • ideas for exercises and games
  • links to useful web sites

Wherever in the book this symbol appears in the margin:

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relevant supporting material is available here:

Acting Exams: A Teacher’s Guide, Volume 1 – Online Resources Page