HASH (Happy-Angry-Sad-Happy)


Focus on the characterisation during quick changing emotions

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama circle.

Explain that you everyone will eventually count up to 20 together and as you count you will move through different emotions showing it in your voice and bodies.

Start with the Happy numbers of 1 - 5, and then introduce the Sad numbers and so on:

1 - 5-Happy
6 - 10-Angry
10 - 15-Sad
15 - 20-Happy

For younger students you could play a quick game of Pass The Emotion prior to this exercise in order to establish emotions.


Modify it to different numbers, or different emotions.

Count around the Drama circle individually.

Substitute the numbers altogether with lines from a monologue or script being rehearsed.

Pairs, Small Groups, Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Character, Memory, Voice
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