I think I missed out the session on 1 December, and now I can’t find my notes. But here are the games we played on Tuesday 8th:
Passing the clap around: Clap at the same time as the person next to you. You can pass it across the circle using eye contact / play with “holding on to” a clap before passing it on.
1-2-3: in pairs, repeat “1-2-3”, try to “mess up” the person you’re playing with. Replace the numbers with an action / a sound. Play the game as a scene (the Olympics / undercover police officers, etc.)
Stop and starting: the group walks around the space, a leader tells them when to stop and when to start. One person who is tapped on the shoulder keeps going when everyone else stops; the group follows them with their eyes.
A and B: tell each other what to do
Extreme spatial relationships: Based on the work of Anne Bogart (Viewpoints). Recommendation: Lukas Angelini is a good London-based teacher for this.
5 steps to heaven (5 levels of panic): get small groups to do an activity (eg chopping wood in the forest). There is a sound (eg a wolf howling) which gets repeated five times. Each time the tension mounts in the activity, on the 5th one the group runs away.
Comic stops, double takes, suspensions: out of John Wright’s physical comedy vocabulary.
Alphabet game: divide the alphabet into the group. For example, if there are 4 people:
1 takes: a, e,i, m, q, u, y
2 takes: b, f, j, n, r, v, z
3 takes: c, g, k, o, s, w
4 takes: d, h, l, p, t, x
Then one person calls out words and the group has to spell them, with each person only saying their letters
Pass the object: the group mimes passing and object around which changes as they pass it to one another.
Blindfolded beaters: two people are blindfolded, they are allowed to each take 3 steps at a time. The “beater” has to touch the other one with a rolled up piece of paper (or something that won’t hurt when it makes contact with the other person). However, the beater is only allowed to touch the person they are chasing after three steps (after two steps or one, they lose). Have the group make sure the blindfolded ones don’t walk into walls.