Sit, Lie, Stand


A fun improvisation exercise, and possibly even more fun to watch!

How Do I Play It?

Participants are in 3s and at any one time one of them has to stand, one other sit and the other lie.

You can give a scenario e.g. a doctor’s surgery and then they have to improvise a scene following the physical constraints.

If either of the students changes their position they must between the 3 of them have someone sitting, standing and lying.


Encourage participants to take their time over their scene to avoid a hurried scramble over positions.


You could change the constraints to different physical ones or verbal ones e.g. shout, whisper or laugh.

Small Groups
Medium (5 - 10 mins)
Character, Concentration, Improvisation, Spontaneity, 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.