Below are free sample impro exercises from “The Impro Teachers Kit”
I LOVE YOU SCENE
Divide players into pairs. Ask the players to develop a scene that lasts for 2 to 3 minute in which ‘ I love you’ is the constant subtext for each player but is never spoken or is only spoken at the end of the scene. Insist that the scene is played seriously at first. Later a humorous version could be worked on.
INTERVIEW / HIDDEN MOTIVES 1
Two people from the group are selected. One is the ‘interviewer’ the other is the ‘interviewee’. The scene is a job interview where the person being interviewed has hidden motives. The ‘interviewee’ should at all times have the objective in mind.
Select 2 players to perform this scene. One of the two is the ‘interviewer’ the other is the ‘interviewee’. It could be an interview for: a job, a prospective flat-mate, interview on radio etc. The players decide what the interview is about and which one is the ‘interviewer’ and ‘interviewee’. The group leader hands the ‘interviewee’ a card that explains what his/her obsession is (see list below for possible obsessions). This is revealed to no one else. The ‘interviewee’ leaves the ‘room’, waits at the ‘door’ and the interview proceeds. The ‘interviewee’ should at no time admit to the obsession and must at all times find excuses for unusual behaviour. The leader calls an end to the improvisation when it becomes clear to everyone what the obsession is.
Select 4 or 5 players to act out a scene. Each of the players is asked to have a motivation that will affect the way they act in the scene. They must conceal at all costs this secret from the other players. Ask the audience and other players what they thought the secret motivation was for each player in the scene at the end.
Two players are selected to perform a scene. A title, location or theme is given. Players are also given a subtext for their character. Subtexts might be:
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