Delight

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…

Gift Box

(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…

Three Headed Expert

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…

The Blame GameLe jeu du blâme

This is a game to let people experience the effects of different punishments/rewards systems have on the way a team works together. One team will be ‘The Team’ which is rewarded and punished on a team level and ‘The Individuals’ have a mix of team and individual rewards and punishments. Timing: 20-45 minutes Materials: Deck of Cards, rules instructions, paper/pen to keep track of scores…

Upside Downside

This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 30-45 minutes (depending upon the complexity, emotion or controversy around the topic) Materials: None Instructions: This is typically used in retrospectives but could be used by teams to critique or evaluate potential options at any time. Split the group into two even-sized sub-groups One of the sub-groups has the…