Are you stranded inside your home because of the CORONA VIRUS pandemic? Tired of too much television? Visiting the fridge too often? Kids are stressed?

Here is a fabulous solution for both adults and kids: It’s called Theatre Games. This will amuse you and your kids, give you lots of laughs, and believe it or not, will even educate you with another skill. Give it a try . . . .

Many of the games can even be played over the phone. And some can even be played solo, by yourself.

What are Theatre Games?
It is a type of acting where there are no rehearsals, no experience needed, and no hard and fast rules. In fact, there is only one rule: You must accept what the player before you said.

For example, if I said “There is a lion in the tree”, you must accept that. You might then say “I never knew that lions climb trees”, or “I’m frightened – let’s run away”, or “That’s my pet lion”. And then, whatever you say, must be accepted by the next player.

So, to summarise, you must never contradict or block what the previous player has said.

In Theatre Games there are a variety of different levels, some easy and some more complicated. But all fun!

It’s good to start with a special warm-up game called “Yes and . . . ”
After one player says something, the next player continues the same story by starting with the words “Yes and . . . .”

Example: “ I had a dream last night that I would win a lot of money”
Next player: “Yes and I thought I would use the money to buy a camel to ride in the desert”
Then: “Yes and because I had ridden horses before so I thought it would be easy”
Then: “Yes and I rode off with others following me”
Then “Yes and . . . . .

And just keep going until the story has a nice or funny ending.
Now you’re in the mood to start . . . .

A golden rule is that players do NOT discuss beforehand what they will be doing or saying. As soon as one player starts, the other player(s) accept what was said, and join in the scene that was set by the first player.

Here are some sample games that we played in my home:

By the way, all the players agreed for this video to be shown.

Below is a PDF with over 50 games, starting with easy ones, then medium, and then challenging ones. Give it a go  –  they can be very funny.

The names of some of the games are . . .
I AM A TREE; SHOPPING LIST; SPEAKING AS ONE;  WALKING PUPPETS; FREEZE TAG; ONE WORD AT A TIME; FORTUNATLEY/UNFORTUNATLEY; ALPHABET IMPRO; STANDING, SITTING, LYING DOWN; HALVE THE TIME; I LOVE YOU; QUESTION GAME; STATUES; RECIPE GENRE BOOK; SPACE JUMP; NUMBER OF WORDS IN A SENTENCE; KNOCK – KNOCK; MUSICAL; POEM; CHANGE THE TV CHANNEL; RAP SCENE; TWO LINES EACH; TYPEWRITER STORY; ENDOWMENT GAMES

And if you want any help, email me on philip@musicforrefugees.org

THEATRE GAMES FUN DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC