Bring still images to life in just a few moments.
This is a quick way of moving from still images into improvisation. Begin with any image created by a group. Use Thought Tracking (p.28) to find out what each of the characters are thinking and feeling. Explain that you would like the group to bring the scene alive for a few moments with speech and movement. When everybody is in position and the audience are paying attention, say:
“Quiet on the set!”
After a moment say: “And Action!”
Let the improvisation run for a few moments – just long enough to establish what is happening and well before the performers run out of steam. End with:
The group will enjoy being able to tell the story without worrying about how to start or finish the scene and the workshop leader can easily control how much is shown. After a few sessions of working in this way participants will become much more confident about devising and presenting short scenes.
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