Participants in this improvisation game will use pictures as inspiration in creating characters, and interact with others as their characters. Game Type: Improvisation Age Range: 9+ Number of Participants: 2-20 Materials: Pictures of people, as many as Participants (see Notes) Explanation: Participants will use pictures as inspiration in creating characters, and interact with others as their characters. Later, they will try to determine which picture the other participants used for their inspiration after interacting with them. How to Play:
- Have participants spread themselves out in the room, so that each person has enough space to think without distractions.
- Pass out a picture to each participant, explaining, “Don’t let anyone else, even me, see your picture.”
- Tell participants: “You have three minutes to look at the person in your picture and become that person. Decide what kind of personality he or she has, how old the person is, what kind of life he or she leads, etc. Use the picture to help you decide – are there details about the person’s clothes, surroundings, face that provide clues?”
- Suggest that participants try to create a “story” for their character, as well as a voice, mannerisms, attitude.
- Explain that when the three minutes are up, each participant will hand in the picture and transform into the character she’s developed. Then, all of the characters will attend a party.
- The participants should not talk to one another before the three minutes are up.
- At the party, the participants need to talk to the other characters, attempting to remember things about the other characters while maintaining their own character.
- The party lasts five to ten minutes, depending on the number of participants.
- At the end of this time, the leader asks everyone to discard their characters and become themselves.