2-3 sheets of paper and pen OR whiteboard
Learners will participate in two theatre improvisation activities focused on storytelling
Introduction and Warm Up ( 10-15 minutes)
Host asks participants to gather around and sit in a circle. Host explains that for this activity they will tell a collaborative story. The story must have a beginning and an end. The first sentence of the story will be:
«Once upon a time there was a ___» and the story must end with «The moral of the story is___».
Each participant can add one word or sentence at a time. ( Educators should use their best judgment as to whether participants will be able to contribute a word or a sentence at a time).
Host should instruct participants to practice active listening, remember what has been said and add appropriate and relevant next parts to the story.
Host may have a short practice round until participants get the hang of the activity and then try the story again.
When host feels, the story is coming to a natural close, instruct the last participants to end the story with the closing sentence.
Main Activity : Three-line Scene (15 minutes)
Host explains that the purpose of the activity is to establish who the two characters in the scene are using only three lines. Host and participants together come up with a list of paired relationships and write them either on a piece of paper or on a white board. Some examples of relationships could be parent/child, doctor/patient, teacher/principal, cat/mouse, cheese/crackers etc. Host should stress that participants should use their bodies to convey meaning in equal capacity as their words. For example, in the case participants choose the cat/mouse relationship, physical embodiment of the animals would greatly assist the audience in understanding the relationship.
Hosts asks participants to sit as an audience and asks two participants to come up naming them Participant A and Participant B. Host assigns them one of the relationships in secret to the rest of the audience. Participant A and B must have a three-line conversation in which it is clear what those relationships are in turns of A, B and A. Once the scene is over, participant B sits down, Participant A becomes participant B, and a new participant is added as Participant A. Continue this way until all participants have had at least one chance to play both A and B roles.
Discussion questions following warm up activity:
Discussion questions following main activity: