Circle Story


A group creating and telling a story together, one word or sentence at a time.

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama circle.

Students take it turn to say either a sentence or word building up a story around the circle.

You can use sentence starters or words to change the story e.g. "fortunately" and "unfortunately" alternately as the first word of the sentence.

You can also experiment with story conventions e.g. once upon a time, the official time of death had been 6.15 pm etc.


Give participants the opportunity to say only one word if they wish, to avoid long pauses for thought.


A group can perform the story that has been developed in the circle, either by improvising as the story is being told, or using it as a stimulus to develop afterwards.

A 'director' can sit in the centre of the circle and point to whoever he/she wishes to tell the story next

Give the story a title e.g. How the Pig got its curly tail.

Small Groups, Whole Group
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Imagination, Concentration, Spontaneity
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.