Thursday, October 30, 2014

game-of-the-week-more-4Spice up your storytelling with random words.

‘A’ is given one minute to tell ‘B’ an improvised story. At regular intervals ‘B’ calls out a random word that has nothing to do with the story. The storyteller must incorporate each word into the next sentence and is not allowed to ignore any words. The exercise could go something like:

A: The other day I was walking through the supermarket when I suddenly dropped a bottle of fizzy juice.

B: Elephant.

A: The supermarket cleaner brought along his special elephant for sucking up all the mess.

B: Tornado.

A: Suddenly a tornado lifted the supermarket up into the air and I jumped onto the back of the elephant.

B: Glue. A: A tube of glue flew past me and I managed to stick myself to the side of a tower block.

Of course the story may not make a lot of sense – but it is great fun and will help to spark a lot of ideas. It is a noisy exercise that will keep the storytellers on their toes as they try to keep going. After one minute swop over; you may need a bell or whistle to get everyone’s attention.

Game of the Week is taken from 101 More Drama Games and Activities available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

Come back for a new Game next week!

Drama Courses

  • Teaching Shakespeare through Drama Games and Activities Teaching Shakespeare through Drama Games and Activities
    Wednesday 5th November 2014: 10:00am - 4:00pm: Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA PLACES AVAILABLE Course Tutor: David Farmer This popular one-day course outlines a practical approach for teaching Shakespeare to children and young people from key stage 2 right up to teenagers and adults. We explore a range of enjoyable and accessible drama games and strategies that will quickly get students involved...
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  • Brecht and Stanislavski - Two Giants - led by Mandy McKenna Brecht and Stanislavski - Two Giants - led by Mandy McKenna
    Wednesday 12th November 2014 10:30am - 4:30pm Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 PLACES AVAILABLE This highly popular workshop gives you the opportunity to explore through practice the ideas of two hugely influential theatre practitioners - Konstantin Stanislavski and Bertolt Brecht. Both men challenged the existing conventions of theatre-making and developed their own systems, which continue to influence...
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  • Commedia dell'Arte - Masterclass with Didi Hopkins Commedia dell'Arte - Masterclass with Didi Hopkins
    Wednesday 19th November 2014 10:30 - 16:30 Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 PLACES AVAILABLE   Course Tutor: Didi Hopkins Commedia dell'Arte is a highly effective tool for students of all abilities and ages and a template that can be applied to classical text or contemporary theatre making. This one-day Masterclass will give a solid foundation in commedia, exploring masks and character types,...
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  • Primary Drama Across the Curriculum - Jan 28th 2015 Primary Drama Across the Curriculum - Jan 28th 2015
    Wednesday 28th January 2015 10:30am - 4:30pm Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 PLACES AVAILABLE Course Tutor: David Farmer This one-day drama INSET course immerses you in activities and ideas which you can take back and use immediately in the primary school classroom or drama...
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  • Directing Plays with Children and Young People Directing Plays with Children and Young People
    Saturday 7th February 2015 10:30am - 4:30pm Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, London E1 In this stimulating one-day workshop author and director David Farmer outlines a playful approach to directing. He explores how drama games can be used to develop characters, extend acting skills and create imaginative stagings of...
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