What are LAMDA Exams?

LAMDA or London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts is the most highly thought of examination body for Acting.  There are various different choices of exams at varying levels which means we can tailor make a training program suitable to each student dependant on their chosen path for the future.  The LAMDA examinations are for the children who take private Acting lessons at the Academy.  These examinations do require private, one to one tuition with Luke to attain the best mark possible for the candidate.

Why are LAMDA exams beneficial?

These exams are brilliant for helping students with confidence, speech, pronunciation and diction.  They really help the students to develop those skills they will need when entering the world of employment.  Whether it is in the industry or not.  In business you are required to do presentations, in teaching you are required to stand and deliver a class, as a sales person either on the phone or in retail you are required to communicate with customers and be able to build up a relationship with them in a small amount of time.  All of these things are aided by the skills learnt in Acting.

When are the next exams?

The next set of LAMDA exams are on Saturday 09 July and Sunday 10 July 2016.  These are the dates for the Leeds sessions but there are alternative centres which students can be entered for if they can’t attend the Leeds Centre dates.

What if I would like to take LAMDA Exams?

We would advise that you book a Private Acting lesson with our Acting teacher Luke and then he will be able to asses your current level and advise how long it would be before you would be ready to take an exam.

How often are these exams?

There are 3 examination sessions within the year.  These are Spring, Summer and Winter.

Annual Awards Ceremony

Annual Awards Ceremony

What is it?

The Annual Awards Ceremony is a chance for us all to get together and celebrate the achievements from the past year.  Any student has taken any exams will receive their certificates, we have our student chosen Comedy Awards, the highest achiever awards and aside from all of this who doesn’t want an excuse for a good old party.  Celebrating achievements is a great part of learning.  Here at Tom Ball Live we strive to identify the strengths within all of our students and this event is a great way for us to show those strengths to the rest of the Academy.

What happens at the Awards Evening?

The evening starts with a 3 course meal of fantastic home cooked food which is provided by the caterers at The Riley Smith Hall.  You can choose from a menu which caters for vegetarians as well as those who enjoy eating meat.  After the meal there is a small performance of some of the stand out songs, monologues or dances from the year and after the awards presentation there is a disco for us all to have a good old knees up.

Where is the Awards Evening?

The Annual Awards Evening is held at the Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster

When is the Awards Evening?

Saturday 23 July 2016 at 6.00pm

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available from the Academy and you can book yours by emailing or calling 0113 322 7986

This is my favourite event in the Tom Ball Live calendar.  It is a great chance for everyone to let their hair down and a great way to meet other children and parents from the Academy.  The tickets are available to all friends and family of our students and I look forward to seeing you all there.

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Junior Musical Theatre class will be working on ‘The Lorax’ this term in their Musical Theatre training.  It is imperative that the students at Tom Ball Live have the chance to develop the skills they learn in class by being able to perform on a regular basis.  This is one of the ways that we are giving our students that opportunity.

What is the story?

The Lorax is a brilliant Dr Seuss story which was recently made into a film.  As well as it being a great story with some fantastic music, it teaches children about the importance of looking after the environment and especially trees and wildlife.

Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary tale we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. With the release of the blockbuster film version, the Lorax and his classic tale have educated a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.

When is the performance?

The performance of The Lorax will be on Saturday 09 July at 12.15pm at Temple Moor High School

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available from the Academy.  To book yours you can either email or call 0113 322 7986.


Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr

Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr

This year our Senior Musical Theatre class are working on  ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr’ as part of their Musical Theatre Training.  Here at Tom Ball Live we believe the classroom for our students is the stage and we want them to have as many performing opportunities each year as we can.

The musical is about a young girl called Millie growing up in the 1920’s.  There are some brilliant songs and Charleston dancing throughout.  There is a great plot and with all the glitz and glamour of a Musical.  What more could any theatre lover ask for.

When is the performance?

The performance will be held on 07 July 2016 6.30pm at Temple Moor High School.

How do I get tickets?

You can book your tickets through the Academy by emailing or calling 0113 322 7986.

Double Bill

Double Bill

Double Bill is a show which will be performed by our Acting students at Tom Ball Live.  The show is split into two halves with the first half of the show being performed by our Junior Actors and the second by the Senior Actors.

Junior Acting

Our Juniors will be performing an adaptation of book Gangsta Granny written by David Walliams and adapted by our Acting teacher Luke Broughton.

The story focuses on a young boy who is having to stay with his Granny every Friday because his parents go to see a dancing show names Strictly Stars Dancing.  He finds her boring and repetitive as his granny always feeds him cabbage-related dishes.  However, all is not what it seems and there is a big adventure on the way.

Senior Acting

The Senior Actors are performing a reduced version of the play Ruckus in the Garden.

Ruckus in the Garden is a very funny and entertaining look at the trials of being a teenager, with a modern nod to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s fast-paced and full of action as two rival schools meet on a school trip to a stately home and the Garden of Cecil Fortescue. Numerous fights break out between some unlikely opponents and the girls are just as feisty as the boys. However, the statues in the garden come to life, and start playing tricks on the teens, and that’s when things get really complicated, and some home truths are revealed.

When is the performance?

The performance is on Tuesday 28 June 2016 from 6.30-8.30pm at Temple Moor High School.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are available from the Academy and you can book yours by emailing or call 0113 322 7986


This promises to be a fantastic show with so much variety and some very talented actors with the two groups.  Don’t miss out!!!

Singing Masterclass

Matthew Reeve – Singing Masterclass

We are thrilled to have the brilliant Matthew Reeve coming along to Tom Ball Live to work on the singing technique of our Senior Singers.

I have had the pleasure of working with Matthew before and his knowledge of the inner workings of the voice is excellent and he is one of only a handful of people in the UK that is qualified to run the Estill Vocal Training courses for students and teachers.

The masterclasses will give each of our attendees the chance to sing solo in front of Matthew and to have him work on their singing technique and give them tips and exercises to improve their singing.

Just one more way we Dare To Be Different!