Theatre Game of the Week #55

The Arm Game is a game based on a popular improv game. It takes 4 actors with 2 actors providing the arms for the characters and 2 actors providing the voice. It's best to have the scenarios already written down and stuck in a hat. For example: 2 people arguing over where to go for dinner. This is a great game to play when working on comedy with your students.

Game Name: The Arm Game

Materials Needed: Open Space

Students Needed: 4+

Time Needed: 10+

Step 1)  Each character consists of one player, who does the voice, holding his hands behind his back. Another player stands behind player 1, and provides the `hands`. Drawing the groups into random pairs makes for the best scene work. The students pick a scenario.

Step 2) The students act out the scene.

Step 3) Have an after performance talk back. What worked? What did not work?


Here's a video of a version of the Arm Game from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

In the end) Students have spoken loudly. They have worked on improv and physical comedy.

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