Trust Circle


An exercise that requires a great deal of trust between the members of the circle and the person inside the circle.

How Do I Play It?

Start in a Drama circle.

Form groups of six or seven, using students of roughly the same size.

One student stands in the centre of the circle and stands firm. The other students provide support by putting two hands on this centre student.

When the centre student is ready and has eyes closed and body rigid like a plank of wood, that student gently leans backwards and is then passed around and across the circle.

After a while, the group gently brings the student’s body back to a central, upright position.

Stress safety, levels of trust and co-operation.


With confident students, and with a confident student in the centre, see if the group can lower the student almost to the floor and back to neutral.

Small Groups
Short (5 mins or less)
Confidence, 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.