Improv Games for Flexibility
Being flexible is about staying on your toes, being aware of others and being able to rely on your own resources of creativity, communication and confidence when the moment comes. What better way to flex your flexibility muscles than some improv games…
1. Pass and Change and Object
This exercise not only allows you to be imaginative and physical, but relies on you being able to share and communicate that with others around you.
- Stand in a circle.
- One person uses their hands to image holding some kind of object. They may not know what it is but it should have a size and shape based on how their hands are positioned.
- They give the imaginary object to the person next to them
- The next person receives the object and says ‘Thank you, a …’ and names the object as they imagine it to be. There is no right answer.
- They then morph the object into another size and shape with their hands and pass it on the the next person who says the same and does the same.
- Try making some objects that are enormous or tiny.
- Try to really feel the texture, or smell the smell of an object.
- Go wild with your imagination of what it could be – ‘Thank you, the bejewelled holy cup of knowledge’
2. Word at a time story
A classic that really puts people in the moment and encourages flexibility and imagination
- Participants are encouraged to find a partner – usually someone they do not know well, did not come to the class with or have not worked with before.
- Each pair will tell a story starting with the phrase ‘One day we went’.
- They will be alternating words and will be telling the same story together.
- If the story ‘goes wrong’, stops making sense or you stop enjoying it, throw your hands in the air and say “Hooray” and start again.
- Try walking around the room at the same time
- Try to up the pace so it is just too fast to be able to think.
- Be prepared to change your agenda at any moment!
- Pair co-creation
3. I’m Gonna Need
- Everyone stands in a circle.
- One person is asked to think of an object.
- They immediately walk over to someone else in the circle and recite to them a ‘list’ of 3 things starting with the object they thought of.
- The person receiving immediately walks over to another person to start a completely different list beginning with the last thing they heard.
- E.g The first person thinks of the word ‘spade’
- Person 1 to person 2: ‘I’m going to need, a spade, a bucket and a beach.’
- Person 2 to person three: ‘I’m going to need a beach, a sun lounger and a good novel.’
- Person 3 to person 4: ‘I’m going to need a good novel, an open fire and a cup of cocoa.’
- Once it has been set up, it’s fun to have 3 or 4 going at once.
- Try to break any patterns that form.
- Use your imagination – go wild!
- Quick thinking
- Laughter of course.
Not sure you can land this one? Call The Maydays, and we can deliver these games either as part of a CPD accredited Business Improv Workshop, or as a free-standing energiser sequence at a conference or industry event.
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