I hope you had a great Easter weekend!
Just a quick one this week – I have another great improv game for you… that we did on Wednesday evening – really gets the brain buzzing.
It’s called “meanwhile in…”
Essentially the game consists of two people starting a scene with a given theme (/ location / relationship / task) and at any point during the scene another actor can shout “meanwhile in….<insert appropriate location here>” and starts a new scene which is happening at the time the previous scene was interrupted.
First scene: The situation given is that they are two robbers in a bakery
The scene plays out that they break everything in sight, smashing glass, breaking shelves etc. They are just about to leave when….
** Another actor shouts “meanwhile in the flat upstairs…”
** [Cue scene two]
Second scene begins: The new actor is joined by someone else as they negotiate their way around a darkened bedroom and sneak down the stairs armed with anything they could find in their room. One of them calls the police…
** Another actor shouts “meanwhile in the police station…”
** [Cue scene three]
Third scene begins: The newest actor, this time alone on stage, is a lazy police officer – just wasting time, letting the phone ring out. After which another rookie officer runs in a panic explaining they have just received an urgent call about a robbery in progress etc….
You get the idea!
What’s great about this game is that it really engages your imagination, as there are no limits – people start getting engrossed in the story that unfolds and all sorts of characters come out of the woodwork!
A good exercise to warm up with before this would be “yes and…” as it encourages everyone to start running with whatever their partner brings to the scene. If you have a chance, give it a go – hope you enjoy.
P.S. This is what else I have been up to…