Access Programme Examples: Trinity Acting exams

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Download our free-to-access resources to help you plan inspiring drama programmes for all students preparing for solo Acting graded exams

One of the most attractive benefits of the Trinity Acting exams is the free choice of repertoire in each of the specifications. However, we understand that you may require some guidance to get started, so you may like to take a look at our suggested programmes. We've created these resources because we know that researching and choosing pieces that suit each student can be time consuming. These materials give several suggestions for repertoire that can be used for each Acting grade, from Initial to Grade 8.

The resources offer suggestions for play extracts suitable for each solo grade, with monologue suggestions included for Initial to Grade 3. For the higher grades – Grade 4 and above – the resources offer suggestions for a variety of extracts that are contrasting, such as different styles, moods, genres, periods or originating from different cultures. The resources also cover suggestions for mimes that can be performed as part of Initial-Grade 4 exams, and examples of devised reworkings for Grades 4-8.

What's included in the Acting programme examples?

The Acting programme examples include tips on how to approach the selected material with candidates. We also explore how to get candidates to emotionally engage with the material at each level.

There are at least three example pieces for each grade, and descriptions of which skills each suggestion will show the examiner. Our focus is always to allow teachers to choose which pieces should be used, based on candidates' strengths, and to showcase their abilities. A variety of diverse sources are included from  traditional playwrights like Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde to more modern texts by August Wilson and Kae Tempest.

How will the drama resources support teachers and students?

Our Acting programme example resources will support teachers, acting practitioners and drama schools to:

  • Reduce time spent researching and selecting drama exam pieces by streamlining the process
  • Select repertoire choices based on each student's needs and at the appropriate level
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the acting skills candidates are expected to possess and learn about the requirements for each grade
  • Gain a better understanding of what the examiner expects at each grade, and how to demonstrate this in the pieces performed in the exam
  • Prepare candidates for the exam experience in a more comprehensive manner and avoid common pitfalls.


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