2 Truths, 1 Lie

Summary

Get to know the group by learning something about them and about how well they can lie!

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama circle.

Ask students to turn to the person next to them, or place them in pairs

Students are to discuss facts about themselves with an aim of introduce each other to the group by telling two truths and one lie about them.

Go around the circle asking each pair to introduce themselves - the other students attempt to recognize the lie.

Tips

The more weird and wonderful the 'truths' are the harder it is to spot the 'lie', and the more of a talking point it is for the rest of the group.

Variations

This can be played in a larger group by splitting the group into two. Even in character and perhaps the members are suspects in a line-up.

The groups then discuss facts between themselves and decide which person will in fact 'lie'.

Each group takes their turn to tell each of their 'facts' to the other group, who then must determine which is the lie.

Some groups may find it easier to tell all lies, and one truth.

Participants
Pairs, Small Groups
Expertise
Novice
Duration
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Skills
Teamwork
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