Don’t say anything for a minute

by EvanJPalmer

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Here’s a good improv game that Marko taught us in class last class.

A player starts a scene in silence. He picks an emotion and an activity and starts doing it.

A second player comes out and joins the activity, with an emotion too. It might be the same emotion, it might be a different one.

The two players make eye contact, but don’t talk – just feed off each other – maybe muttering under their breath.

Eventually, one talks and the scene starts – but they don’t talk about anything other than pleasantries (“pass me the fork”, “nice day today” etc) then all of a sudden they burst out about the emotion.

And that’s it, that’s the whole set up.

It actually works really well as long as these things take place at the beginning:

  • Eye contact
  • Emotion
  • Change
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