Doctor's Surgery


There's only one spare seat in the waiting room and nobody wants you to sit in it! A great energy game promoting teamwork.

How Do I Play It?

Students will need chairs and be sat in a circle.

The idea is that we are all in a ‘Doctor’s surgery’ sat in the waiting lounge on our chairs.

Place one student in the middle so there is one spare chair.

The student in the middle wants to sit down but the students on their chairs won’t let them.

As soon as the student in the middle tries to sit down the person next to the chair sits on it, and the new empty chair is filled by the student next to them and so on (all one way.)

Seated students can only fill the chair next to them in a sequence.


Stress how important it is for everyone to work well together, concentrating on their next move.


You can have more than one student in the middle and you can add in extra actions e.g. change direction, all move (everyone across the circle can switch.)

Whole Group
Short (5 mins or less)
Games could be a beginning starter, an introducing step during a workshop or as an end plenary. They are a platform for further development and are never meant to be the whole session on their own.

The nature of drama games is that they are shared, adapted and extended. The original author is not so important as the shared practice. You’ll find games on the site that you’ve seen before, called something different or that you even use in your own teaching toolkit.

We hope that among the known games are ideas of how to refresh old ones as well as new games to use.