From ‘101 MORE Drama Games and Activities’

Age: 7 to adult
Players: Small Groups
Time: 10 – 20 minutes
Skills: Improvisation, Mime, Verbal Communication

Quick ways to revamp a fairy tale – or any story

Ask groups to choose a fairytale and then to take a few minutes to compile a number of “What if?” questions, such as:

What if… Jack’s Mum climbed the beanstalk
What if… Rapunzel cut off her hair
What if… the Ugly Duckling had turned out to be a turkey

The groups should choose their favourite question from the list (or combine one or two of them) and prepare a short improvised piece to perform to the other groups.

Director’s Tip

  • Alternatively you can ask students to bring a fairytale up to date
  • Who would the three bears be if the story was transposed to a modern setting?
  • What contemporary object or device could you use to represent Jack’s beanstalk?
  • Give the groups free rein to have fun with the stories

What If can be used in other parts of the curriculum:

What if…

  • Sea levels rose by half a metre?
  • Dinosaurs had not been wiped out?
  • There was no gravity?
  • There was no electricity?

These questions could be answered using drama, writing or art!

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