Park Bench

Summary

A classic improvisation game based around the characters you might meet on a park bench.

Aim
  • Develop improvisation skills
  • Develop characterisation
How Do I Play It?

When working on specific acting skills (e.g. making an entrance, creating a fully developed character, knowing how to sit), environments such as a park bench become convenient settings for the chance meeting of characters.

Explain that there is a park bench and that the students are to take on a character who comes into the scene and interacts with others.

Start the scene with one person, adding the others at suitable intervals.

Encourage students to let the scene run a little, before jumping in with their own characters.

Tips

Use freeze, reset, removal of character to get the most out of this improvisation game.

Variations

Vary the setting to tailor to the topic or piece being worked on, assigning particular characters, introducing props, sound effects etc.

Participants
Small Groups, Whole Group
Expertise
Advanced
Duration
Long (10 mins or more)
Skills
Character, Imagination, Improvisation, Spontaneity
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