Have students stand in a circle. Ask for one volunteer to go into the middle and begin to do a simple movement and make a sound. (For example, the player may stomp and say “bump, bump, bump” etc.) This sound and movement must be repeated several times until all players are imitating the volunteer. The volunteer continues doing this sound and movement while moving out of the center of the circle and replacing another person who moves to the center. The new person in the middle and group continue the original sound and movement until the new player reaches the center and changes it. All players now start doing the new sound and movement simultaneously, etc.
Describe: What was it like to be in the middle and creating a sound and movement? Analyze: What skills did we have to use to be successful? Relate: Where else might these skills come in handy?
“You can use any simple movements and sounds!”
“How might your movement & sound flow from the previous one?”
Leader can focus the work on a theme (i.e. work, power, play, etc.)
Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. 2nd ed. Trans. Adrian Jackson. New York: Routledge, 2002. Print.