Drama Games

Drama Games for breaking the ice, physical warm-ups, group dynamics and encouraging creativity. These activities are drawn from a wide range of sources, including traditional games, as well as exercises developed by directors, actors and teachers. View each category by clicking on the tabs below.

1-2-3

1-2-3

A simple and effective game which is ideal for closing a session.
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Animal Characters

Animal Characters

How often do you meet someone who reminds you of an animal? In this game, animal traits are used as
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Best Bits

Best Bits

Quickly share group work!
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Circle and Cross - Online or Offline

Circle and Cross – Online or Offline

Draw a circle, draw a cross, then both at once...
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Count To 20

Count To 20

One of the simplest, yet most challenging drama games where the group tries to count to twenty.
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Daft Definitions

Daft Definitions

Put random words together to invent new concepts! Great storytelling warm-up.
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Drama Games for Language Teaching - Macmillan Webinar

Drama Games for Language Teaching – Macmillan Webinar

Five Top Drama Games to enhance language learning and boost student confidence, creativity and spontaneity.
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Drama Games for Language Teaching (teenage to adult)

Drama Games for Language Teaching (teenage to adult)

14 easy to use drama games and activities suitable for a range of ages and language levels.
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Drama Games for Story Books

Drama Games for Story Books

Two activities for exploring story books through drama
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Experts

Experts

Experts talk about what they know - and what they don't
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Family Portraits - Online/Socially Distanced

Family Portraits – Online/Socially Distanced

Groups have just a few seconds to make comical family tableaux.
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Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

A game of quick reactions and verbal dexterity
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Giving Presents (inc Online Version)

Giving Presents (inc Online Version)

This game is all about receiving surprises and about the things we value most.
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Grandma's Footsteps

Grandma’s Footsteps

Perfect game for exploring dramatic tension.
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Groovy Image Factory

Groovy Image Factory

Quickly generate repeating actions and sounds or words
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Guess The Pet

Guess The Pet

A variation on the Mirror Game for younger students
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Home Taskmaster

Home Taskmaster

Students have to make a video based on different hilarious tasks. They can rope in their family to help!
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Night Watchman

Night Watchman

The museum is closed for the night. The watchman is making his rounds. But something strange is going on...
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Non-Verbal Communication

Non-Verbal Communication

Discussion and activities exploring the power of non-verbal communication
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One Word At A Time - Online + Socially Distanced

One Word At A Time – Online + Socially Distanced

A story is told by the group or in pairs, with each person adding one word at a time.
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Page to Stage

Page to Stage

A director creates a stage picture from a book or a play and the actors bring it to life through
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Pecking Order

Pecking Order

Can you work out where you stand in the pecking order?
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Poetry in Motion

Poetry in Motion

Poetry can be explored and presented effectively through drama and movement
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Random Sound Stories

Random Sound Stories

A story is told by the group or in pairs, with each person adding one word at a time.
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Sculptor and Statue

Sculptor and Statue

In pairs, create a still image where one of you has a higher status than the other and let others
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Shoe Shuffle

Shoe Shuffle

Develop imagination and mime skills using everyday objects
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Siren (Voice Warm-Up)

Siren (Voice Warm-Up)

An effective and easy humming warm up for exploring and extending the vocal range.
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Slide Show (inc Online Version)

Slide Show (inc Online Version)

A presenter gives an illustrated talk – using human slides
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Soundscapes

Soundscapes

A story is told by the group or in pairs, with each person adding one word at a time.
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Sources of Light

Sources of Light

Create objects that make or reflect light
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Status Pictures

Status Pictures

In pairs, create a still image where one of you has a higher status than the other and let others
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Stop, Go, Face, Clap

Stop, Go, Face, Clap

Sneaky adaptation of a very well-known drama game for playing online
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Story Orchestra

Story Orchestra

The group tells a story, with a conductor guiding the narrative
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Ten Second Objects (inc Online Version)

Ten Second Objects (inc Online Version)

Small groups make the shape of an object using their bodies - in only ten seconds!
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Text Sparkle

Text Sparkle

Bring texts to life through images and movement
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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

Drama activities for exploring and re-telling the story of The Gruffalo.
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The Zoo Game

The Zoo Game

A rhythmic clapping game accompanied by animal gestures
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Three Changes

Three Changes

An observation and getting to know you game - with online version
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Three Word Sentences

Three Word Sentences

Sometimes three words are just enough.
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Throw Your Face (online version)

Throw Your Face (online version)

Throw your face - but be careful which way the wind is blowing!
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Two Truths And A Lie

Two Truths And A Lie

Play online or live - tell your partner three things about yourself – two of which are true and one
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Wardrobe Malfunction - Online Drama Game 🎩

Wardrobe Malfunction – Online Drama Game 🎩

A daft dressing-up game where people find out what they have in common
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What If

What If

Quick ways to revamp a fairy tale – or any story
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Where Do You Stand? (inc Online Version)

Where Do You Stand? (inc Online Version)

A fast and effective way of discovering everybody’s opinions about a subject - online or offline.
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