Creatures of the Deep

Creatures of the Deep


Everyone stands in a circle. The director imitates a of a creature of the deep to the person next to them. That person copies what they just saw (not the original) to the person next to them. It goes around the circle, and it will gradually change. The director adds in new creatures, so lots are going around the circle at once.

Teaching Purpose

This is a great way to help students create a group mind and being present in the moment. Learning to listen to body language and using physicality to create characters. Having fun with mistakes! No one will be able to copy each other perfectly therefore it’s time to let go of the fear of failure and have fun! 

Also for beginners, this is a great introduction to escalating. The game will natural escalate and heightening without any pressure to do so. 


Additional Tips for Playing

  • Copy the creature that was passed onto you not what you saw before. 
  • Play around with starting with different size movements. i.e the first creature sent around might be a small gesture and the last one might start very big.
  • Have fun with it!



Invented by Steve Roe



This exercise is in the following categories:

  • Listening 
  • Fun with Mistakes
  • Physicality
  • Spontaneity


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