From ‘101 Drama Games and Activities’

Age: 7 to adult
Players: Whole Group
Time: 10-15 minutes
Skills: Co-operation, Group Dynamics

Ideal for providing focus for the whole group

This is one of the simplest, yet most challenging drama games. Sit or stand in a circle. The idea is for the group to count to twenty, one person saying one number at a time. Anybody can start the count. Then a different person says the next number – but if two or more people happen to speak at the same time, counting must start again from the beginning. It is possible to get to twenty if everybody really concentrates – but try and be relaxed as well.

Director’s Notes

  • Try doing it with and without eye contact
  • Try with everyone facing outwards and closing their eyes (difficult!)
  • Try counting back from twenty to one.

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