Questions Only

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…

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…

Story Spines

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…