String Tension


Bring a scenes energy up and down with a simple piece of string.

How Do I Play It?

Put students in pairs or threes and ask them to devise a scene such as:

  • Student in head teachers office
  • Opening a present
  • Shopping with children
  • Doctor giving test results

Once they have devised a short scene stretch a piece of string across the Drama space telling them that the string will determine how the scene will be played:

  • A string drawn tight represents high tension.
  • A slack string represents low tension.


Let other students become the controller of the string. Discuss why they chose certain moments to tighten/slacken the string.

Pairs, Small Groups
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Improvisation, Spontaneity, Voice
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.