Drama Game: The Machine

Type:  Focus, Ensemble Building.


Purpose: Develops creativity, concentration, and group cooperation.


1.  Start with one student making a noise and a simple repeatable gesture.

2.  When the student has a rhythm and another student has an idea for a movement which connects to the first gesture that student joins the first student by making a new noise and movement which connects to the original gesture.

3.  Each student joins in with a new noise and gesture and connects to the others in some way until all students are involved in creating the machine.


–  What did you imagine the machine you created was?

–  What was your part in making it?

–  How could we make the machine batter?

–  Was it difficult to keep your concentration until everyone was creating the machine?

VARIATION: Decide on a type of machine and then have everyone create it together- everyone starts at the same time.

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4 thoughts on “Drama Game: The Machine

  1. Jo says:

    This is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for! I work with children 2-4years and was thinking to adapt it mire to their age range maybe give them guidance to do something for example child A, can you be a wheel, child b can you be a pole. Do you think this would work and for the more outgoing children let them be a part they want to be, or something? 🙂

    • bbbpress says:

      Hi Jo, I think it’s a great idea to give the littler kids more guidance in the beginning. Then once you feel they’re comfortable, giving them a chance to create their own part.

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