"The Impro Teachers Kit"
"The Games Box"
Below are free sample impro exercises from “The Impro Teachers Kit”
ACROSS YOUR HAND
The whole group is involved in this exercise. Ask each person to look at his/her hand and consider the palm as a map. Consider it as a landscape to cross and decide on the nature of the hills and valleys paths etc of country. Get each person to place themselves at a point on this map and decide where s/he is going. Ask them to make the journey as varied as possible and one in which they encounter many dangers and difficulties.
Five people are chosen to leave the room. The group decides on a mime sequence to do, for example making a complicated sandwich or changing a baby’s nappy.
Player ‘A’ is called in and told what to do.
‘B’ is then called in and watches while ‘A’ mimes changing a baby.
‘C’ is then called in and repeats what he sees ‘ B’ do.
‘D’ repeats the mime ‘C’ does and then ‘E’ repeats ‘D’s’ mime.
‘E’ mimes to the audience. The usual result is that the mime changes with each repetition so that s/he is doing something entirely different. Ask each person what s/he thought they were doing.
DEMONSTRATION IN GIBBERISH
The group as individuals complete this task with no preparation time. Each player takes on the role of a demonstrator and is given a card on which is written what s/he must demonstrate. The entire scene however must be spoken in gibberish.
How to use a: washing machine, vacuum cleaner, computer, paper shredder, photocopier, food mixer, dishwasher; a tennis racket, a fishing rod, extending ladder, video recorder; drill, space suit.
How to: bake a cake, cook an omelette, wash a car, repair a flat tire on a bicycle, erect a tent etc.
For a comprehensive set of cards of impro exercises for every age group, every occasion, buy “The Impro Teachers Kit” .