Workshop with David Farmer in Soweto

Workshop with David Farmer in Soweto

From ‘101 Drama Games and Activities’

Age: 6 to adult
Players: Small Groups
Time: 10-20 minutes
Skills: Mime and movement, Co-operation

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

This is a very popular drama game and a useful technique which can be developed easily towards improvisation or physical theatre. It’s also highly accessible and great fun!

Divide everyone into small groups (4-6). Call out the name of an object and all the groups have to make the shape of that object out of their own bodies, joining together in different ways while you count down slowly from ten to zero. Usually every group will find a different way of forming the object. These ones are good to try: a car, a clock, a washing machine, a volcano, a fire.

Director’s Notes:

  • Encourage groups to think about using different levels with their body shapes, eg high, medium and low
  • Choose objects from a play you are rehearsing or a theme you are exploring
  • Groups can be given a couple of minutes to devise an object of their own which the rest of the class try to guess
  • It can be fun to make objects that involve movement (and sound)
  • You can use the shapes as a quick way to create ideas for physical theatre
Find fun ways to use Ten Second Objects in these downloadable lesson plans:

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