Submitted by Toby Chieffo-Reidway
Age: 5 to adult
Time: 10 minutes or more
Skills: Improvisation, Speaking and Listening
One player provides the words, the other provides the action!
This week’s online Drama Game has been submitted by Toby Chieffo-Reidway, PhD. founder/CEO of the online acting class Acting Out with Professor Toby (that’s her class on Facebook). Thank you Toby! If you have an original game or activity you would like to share with thousands of like-minded people, please get in touch!
The accompanying video is taken from one of the Zoom meetings we had in our Inspiring Drama Teacher course – and don’t forget you can also join us in our Drama Bootcamps!
- The game is designed to be played online using Zoom or similar voice-conferencing software.
Students are put into pairs before the game starts. Each pair takes it in turns to perform to the others. One person turns OFF their camera but leaves ON their microphone and the other student mutes their microphone but leaves their camera on. The student with the muted mic (whose camera is on) just starts talking (about whatever they want) using big hand gestures and expressions – while the person whose microphone is on but camera is off creates the voice of the person “talking.” So in essence one person takes over the other’s voice but gets to make up hilarious words and stories. It’s a little bit like dubbing in a movie but much funnier!
Toby’s students, from kindergarten through to high-school and up really loved it and ask to play it every time!
- It’s important that players accept and build on each other’s ideas (a golden rule of improvisation)
- It’s very funny if you give the speaker and actor different themes, for example the speaker talks about a pet. The person who is acting out (but can’t hear the speaker) can choose a random subject or you can give them a different topic. The mismatch of topics is what makes it hilarious!
When your students have practised this version, some may be ready to move onto the next stage. Two pairs play at the same time. This time, the two acting players are having a conversation but their words are dubbed by their partners. You can give them characters, a situation or scene to improvise.