Improvisation games will help you develop an instinctive response, spontaneity and the confidence you need to build when improvising. When the class is confident it can be an excellent tool to develop acting skills and can help generate creative material.

Be careful though, not everyone enjoys having to give instant responses and you will need to think of how you can support this.


Park Bench

A classic improvisation game based around the characters you might meet on a park bench.

Random Sound Story

Use some random sounds as the basis for creating a story.

Sit, Lie, Stand

A fun improvisation exercise, and possibly even more fun to watch!

String Tension

Bring a scenes energy up and down with a simple piece of string.

Unfortunately / Fortunately

Create an elaborate story, in pairs or as a group, with many twists and turns.

Yes Let's

A twist on 'follow the leader' where everyone has a chance to lead the actions of the group.

Games could be a beginning starter, an introducing step during a workshop or as an end plenary. They are a platform for further development and are never meant to be the whole session on their own.

The nature of drama games is that they are shared, adapted and extended. The original author is not so important as the shared practice. You’ll find games on the site that you’ve seen before, called something different or that you even use in your own teaching toolkit.

We hope that among the known games are ideas of how to refresh old ones as well as new games to use.