From ‘101 Drama Games and Activities’

Age: 7 to adult
Players: Whole Group
Time: 10 minutes
Skills: Getting to know you

A fun way of learning names.

Stand in a circle. Everyone must imagine that they are the host of a Game Show. One person at a time introduces themselves proudly to the rest of the group with a “signature” by saying (or even singing) their name and making an action to go with it. Everybody else then copies the name and movement. When you have gone right round the circle you can develop the game a step further. One person starts off by making someone else’s signature. That person must now choose another person in the group and make their signature, and so on.

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  • At the beginning of the game the name tags of all the participants on the screen are simply numbers — 1, 2, 3 and so on. Everyone thinks up a fictitious name for themselves – the weirder the better. However, the catch is that they should be able to explain or describe their name to the group through dumb charades – including gestures and expressions. Once the group guesses their name, they can change their name on the tab from the number to the new name.


Drop of a Hat: Drama Lessons, Games and Activities is for any teacher who wants to bring the curriculum to life through drama and creativity. Each lesson is based on a story, poem or theme and divided into bite-sized sections. If you’re looking for a quick fix, just choose a couple of activities. If you’re new to drama, there’s a section at the back describing the games and strategies in detail.

You’ll find approaches for using drama to raise standards in literacy and to explore stories, characters and themes. Topics covered include global warming, looking after pets, dealing with bullying and exploring issues around refugees. There are over a dozen activities for using Drama in Science as well as a lively introduction to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There are activity sheets and cards to accompany many of the activities.

DROP OF A HAT by David Farmer will be published in January 2021

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