This is a fantastic exercise for bringing together a new group and helping each other get to know each other through scenes. It is also excellent at encouraging trust, support and teamwork in a group. This game also helps people to learn how to bring their scene partner joy on stage and to make each other look good.
- Around 5 people up, stood in a line along the back of the stage.
- They take it in turns to step forward and say their name and a short true story about something that brings them joy in life.
- Each person in line tells a story. Everyone tries to remember everyone else’s stories.
- Once everyone has been they do a variety of two person scenes, with the person starting the scene setting up the thing that will bring the other person joy.
- Once each person has experienced a scene based on something that brings them joy the exercise ends and the next group is up.
The teacher or director should side-coach to make sure people are genuinely trying to give each other a good time on stage.
Steve: Hi my name is Steve. One thing that brings me joy is not thinking their is a Muller Rice in the fridge only to later to open the fridge and then discover there was one more Muller Rice after all!
[4 more stories along the line]
[A flurry of scenes based on the stories]
[New scene. Angela steps forwards and signals to Steve to join her on stage].
Angela: Wow, here we are stuck at sea on a life raft.
Steve: Yes, it’s been 4 weeks now.
Angela: We are short on supplies.
Steve: Yes we are.
Angela: Hang on, did you check the mini fridge underneath the tarpaulin?
Steve: No not yet.
Angela: Have a look.
[Steve has a look]
Steve: Oh my fucking god there’s A MULLER RICE! THERE’S A MULLER RICE ANGELA! RIGHT THERE!!!
- Getting to know each other.
- Making each other look good.
- Bringing joy to your scene partner.
- Teamwork and support.
- Whatever your background and whatever you love about life you can bring it to improv.
We originally learnt this from Shem Pennant, a fantastic UK improviser who brought it back from New York.