Below are free samples of impro exercises from “The Impro Teachers Kit”
Players are divided into groups of four. One of them is either a telephone operator in: a call centre ; a hectic newspaper editor’s office; a major travel agency; a hotel reservations clerk or something similar. If possible have three ‘ringible’ phones on a desk. If you don’t have wired phones, someone should be chosen to provide the sound effects. The person answering the phones is on his/her own today. S/he is harassed by the ringing phones and must cope as best as s/he can. All calls should be answered and dealt with in a calm controlled manner. The callers must have definite requests and/or complaints for the person to deal with and insist on prompt service.
Select one player to be a ‘talk-back radio’ disc jockey. Others in the group take turns at phoning up with their point of view on a range of topics.
Make a rule that no more than three people can be heard by the disc jockey at any one time. If the disc jockey cuts someone off, then there’s nothing they can do about it. S/he chooses which phone calls to accept and when to end them.
Players should work in groups of 5 or 6. The improvisation involves a group of people circulating the news about someone they knew well who has died. Groups are allowed 5 to 10 minutes to come up with a sequence of phone calls that not only reveal the fact that the person has died and the circumstances of his/her death but also reveals information about the sort of person s/he was.
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