By Dan O’Reilly-Rowe, 2009.
A simple theatre game in which participants take a random object and act as if it is something else. Can be used as an energizer/icebreaker or could be modified to become the basis for a video production activity.
- Participants gain confidence in proposing ideas to the group
- Exercise imagination
- Practice physically expressive acting
- An object to improvise with
- 10-20 minutes
- Begin with the group standing in a circle
- Present an object to the group. The object could be something familiar (a box, a broom, a plate… just about anything) or something unidentifiable (a random chunk of plastic, a strange piece of wood…)
- Facilitator demonstrates the activity by taking the first turn. One at a time, participants step into the centre of the circle, take the object, and say “This is not a (whatever the last person said it was), it’s a…” and then act with the object in a way that suggests that it is something other than what it is, without speaking. For example, a paper plate could become a steering wheel, a frisbee, a hat, a pimple…etc.
- Other participants shout out their guess for what they think is being represented.
- Another person steps into the circle and takes up the object and gives it a new meaning.
- This activity works best when facilitators keep it moving quickly from one person to the next.
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