Secret Leader


A game of teamwork and concentration where a detective must spot a secret leader also can help build dramatic tension.

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama circle.

Explain the game and model to them that one of them will be moving/gesturing and the group will be ‘mirroring’ their action.

Send one student out of the space, to be the detective, and then assign a secret leader.

With the leader leading the circle, and the group mirroring, call the detective back to stand in the centre of the circle and try to identify the leader.


Ask the group how they may 'trick' the detective, such as not looking directly at the leader, or keeping moves flowing enough that there are no sudden movements.


Put students into pairs and then ask them to label themselves A and B.

Firstly, choose A's to initiate movement for B's follow. Stress co-operation, make moves complex and fast enough to give a challenge.

Reverse roles.

Small Groups, Whole Group
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Concentration, Relaxation, Teamwork
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.