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Drama Game: Beads on a String

drama game beadsType: Creativity, Improv

Note: Most appropriate for older kids/teens.


1.  Ask two actors to stand on opposite corners of the stage.  Assign one of them “A” and one of them “B”.

2. Ask them both to take 5 seconds to think of a random phrase. Then ask “A” to share, and immediately after ask “B” to share.

3.  These two phrases become the first and final lines of a story.

4.  One by one, actors are to go on stage and fill up the space between A and B (like beads on a string) and come up with sentences that complete the middle of the story.  (It’s easiest to go in order from A to B)

5.  After the “string” is completed, ask the whole group to repeat the story in order.

6.  The challenge is to have the story make the most sense as possible.

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2 thoughts on “Drama Game: Beads on a String

  1. munira says:

    Daer hosts of this wonderful website. May I just say how lucky I am to Google and bump in to you? Oh, yes a big time. Since my childhood I always knew my life has to be around arts. I am 38 and I have a degree in Ethnomusicology and then it has been a while I worked in my line of field. Being a mother is tough this days. You are not hired by anyone. So, I have decided to offer workshopS where in 5-15 weeks we put musical together. It is my second right now and it is based on the story of Attar Conference of the Birds. First time I am teaching them art of acting using your methods and it is great. This (above game) I would need to use as I need to teach children age 7-10 read their roles and learn to improvise. It is not easy, but I am excited to the moon. Thank you. Munira Chudoba from Kyrgyzstan

    Ps: continue your great job, I am learning a lot.

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