Creature Comforts Description Four or five improvisers sit on chairs in a line. They to lean forward so the audience can’t see their faces. They are asked to pull lots of stupid facial expressions and to hold one when the host says ‘stop’. The improvisers sit up, still holding the expression and each, in turn,[…]

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Emotional Family Description Four or five players enact a traditional family meeting (Christmas/Birthday/Sunday Lunch) but all sharing the same emotion. Start some players off stage to allow them entrances and exits.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, improv exercises, casting calls for new[…]

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Leading with Body Parts Description Ask people to walk around the room. Tell them to walk as if they are being pulled by a rope attached to their belly. Ask them to exaggerate it. Ask them if this was a character, who would they be. Ask questions about this character (age, gender, job, anything). Get[…]

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One Minute Life Story Description In pairs. One person says their life story in one minute. The other person listens and doesn’t interrupt. At the end of the minute the listener repeats back as much as they remember. Used to get to know each other and show active listening.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If[…]

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Premise Lawyer Description One improviser suggests an out-there belief and the rest of the group come up with (scientific, realistic) reasons why it is true.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, improv exercises, casting calls for new shows and news about the UK[…]

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Scene and Character Walkabout Description As people walk around the room, shout out types of character or emotions that they can embody. Ask them to stop and have short conversations with others.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, improv exercises, casting calls for[…]

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Space Jump Description One person starts a scene by themselves on stage. When the host says “JUMP” they freeze and hold position. Someone else then comes in and starts a new scene inspired by that position. Scene continues until host says “JUMP” and then someone else enters and a new scene starts with 3 people.[…]

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Repeat and Add Description One person says a line, their partner repeats the line and then adds information in keeping with the line. The first person then repeats the new information and adds more, etc.   Subscribe to Our Newsletter If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter containing helpful improv resources, improv exercises,[…]

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Storyteller Die Description All the cast stood in a line. Whoever is pointed to says the story. When someone else is pointed to they take over exactly where they left off. If they don’t follow on or stumble the audience shout DIE and that actor leaves with a bow.  

Taxi Driver Description One improviser plays a ‘big’ character who drives a taxi (an alien, a vampire, an ancient being, a psychopath, etc – they choose). The other improviser steps into their cab playing very close to themselves. They cannot get out of the taxi… At the end of the scene, the passenger becomes a[…]

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Is there any more? Description We originally were taught this by Kevin Tomlinson. Here’s an example of it: Brian – does small sound and action Sarah – That’s great! Brian – Thank you Sarah – Is there anymore? Brian – Yes! Escalates his original sound and action. Sarah – That’s great! And it continues repeating[…]

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