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  • Questions Only

    Posted by on November 2nd, 2012 at 6:11 am
    This improv exercise was originally seen on Whose Line Is It Anyway? CH4, on British Television, but manipulated into an agile learning experience by myself and Geoff Watts during a collaboration day. Timings: 5-10 mins Materials: 4 people A buzzer or hooter Instructions: Two of the four player meet in an imaginary location (place of work etc) on stage. The only rule of the game is that they can only converse by asking each other questions in turn. If a player hesitates or m...
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  • Delight

    Posted by on November 2nd, 2012 at 3:47 am
    This improv exercise originally comes from the work of Keith Johnstone. Geoff and I picked up the exercise from an improv workshop with Neil Mullarkey of the Comedy Store Players, in London. Timings: 5-10 mins Materials: 2 people (standing up) Instructions: The pair must tell a story about something imaginary they did together, but one of the pair can only interact with the story by saying the word "no". When the partner hears the word "no", they must offer an alternative direc...
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  • Gift Box

    Posted by on November 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am
    (this exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Geoff Watts, credit to Paul Z Jackson from his book) Timings: 5-10 mins Materials: 2 people (standing up) Instructions: One person holds an imaginary box in front of them. This imaginary box is capable of holding any item imaginable. The partner's job is to mime pulling items out of the box, whilst naming the item to the box holder. The box holder is required simply to verbally confirm items to t...
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  • Three Headed Expert

    Posted by on November 1st, 2012 at 9:36 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Geoff Watts, and from frequent visits to watch the Comedy Store Players perform in London. Timings: 5-10 mins Materials: 4 willing volunteers Instructions: One person plays "the interviewer" The other three people play the "interviewee". The only rule they must follow is that they must answer any questions one word at a time, in sequence. Any leftover audience members can help by giving the in...
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  • Story Spines

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Simon Bennett generously introduced us to this game during the Scrum Trainers Retreat in Amsterdam in 2010. It is a common improv game Timing: 15 minutes Materials: 6 Chairs Pre-prepared index cards with story element structures (See below) Instructions: Preparation Set out 6 chairs in a row from left to right On chair 1 place an index card with the following words: "Once upon a time there was…" On chair 2 place an index card with the following words: "And every da...
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  • Once Upon A Time In Legoland

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 60 minutes Materials: A lot of Lego (Optional) A Digital Camera and Photo printer Instructions: Preparation Ask the group to come up with: a person from history, a colour and an object. Construct a title out of these e.g. The story of Napoleon and the yellow pillow Set the challenge: To create a storyboard of this story by building scenes made from Lego. ...
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  • Swedish Stories

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard and was inspired by Neil Mullarkey Timing: 15 minutes Materials: None Instructions: Arrange the group so one person is at the front of the group with a number of other participants sitting facing him/her The objective is for person 1 to tell a story...with a twist Every now and then the storyteller will pause, stumble or hesitate towards the end of a sentence and someone from the gr...
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  • First Letter, Last Letter

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 3:42 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 5-15 minutes Materials: None Instructions: Explain that this is an exercise that requires concentration and listening The team stand in a circle and are required to tell a story, with each person responsible for one sentence each Each person must start their sentence with the last letter of the last word of the person before them Learning Points:  The "quality" of th...
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