Divide the group in pairs. Each pair is going to count to 3 together in the way: player A: ‘1’, player B: ‘2’, A: ‘3’, B: ‘1’, A: ‘2’, B: ‘3’, A: ‘1’, … etc. This will prove harder than it seems. The difficulty can be increased or decreased, depending on the player’s experience, in […]
3-Headed Musical Star
During the 3-headed Musical Star a musical is performed. Whenever somebody starts to sing, two extra heads pop up and the three of them will sing one word at the time. As this form quickly requires a lot of players, the players may ask the other team to help out.
30 Years Married
Two players have been married for 30 years and are having a ‘nice’ conversation. Meanwhile, two other players play as their thoughts and say what the married players are really thinking. The married players do not hear these thoughts but as these thoughts can add background information, the married players can use this during the […]
Two players, one from each team, start a free improvisation where the first players starts a phrase with the letter A, the second with B, then the first again with C, etc. The story should be completed when the letter Z is reached. If a player falters or starts with the wrong letter, the audience […]
During the ACE, one player stands in front with three players behind them. The player in front will start telling a story using a suggestion from the audience. The three spots behind them represent ‘Action’, ‘Color’ and ‘Emotion’ (ACE). A player standing in one of these three spots can take over the story by clapping […]
One player is an adopted child and leaves the room. The other players ask the audience for examples of famous people and pick two. These are the kid’s original parents. Then they ask for a contraception method and what went wrong with it. The first player returns to the room as the adult version of […]
One player has put something on Marktplaats (or e-Bay) for sale. Through a television interview we find out why this person is selling the item and what the emotional attachment is they have with it. (Submitted by Papaver.) Variant: Ask for three items. The players read three advertisements out loud in which these items are […]
In the well-known fashion of TV’s Amazing Discoveries (”Say Mike, what can I do with this?”), a new product is presented. This is done in a playback setting: two players plays as Mike and an admirer who are going to test the product is different ways while the other two players act as their voices. […]
The group stands in a circle. The first player starts with a completely random word. The next player directly has to say the first word that comes to their mind. This keeps continuing until nobody is thinking about what they are saying anymore. Instead, everyone is freely associating with what the player before them is […]
A song is sung in a specific musical style, requested from the audience. The song usually describes heroic events.
A free improvisation performed dancing.
One player (the bard) tells a story by singing, possibly in short rhymes, while the other players act out the story. At times the players take over the story from the bard. This creates an interplay between the bard and the other players. Elements that are often used in such stories are chapters and flashbacks. […]
Three players sit next to each other on a bench and tell different stories while staring forward. A player can interrupt another player’s story by associating with a word the previous player said and use it to start or continue their own story. Player 1: ”And then my wife left me and took all my […]
Best Way to…
The presenter has a list of things made beforehand and is unknown to the players. The presenter then asks all players of both teams to show ‘the best way to…’ e.g. catch a fish, break up with your partner or land a plane. Players can step forward one at the time to present their best […]
Bucket of Death
Theatresports group Kattekwaad from Utrecht stole the show with this game at the NSK in 2003. It is a guaranteed success during demos or to get the audience in a corny mood! This game is similar to the ”As Many Ons and Offs” but with a dangerous twist. One puts down a bucket of water; […]
The Company Shift is a combination of the Soap and the Shift. You play the shift as you normally would, with two players in the front and two in the back calling +1, -1, +3 etc. However, all scenes are connected as they all take place at the same company and players are the same […]
The goal of the Monkey Cage is to make a story using as many game elements as possible. By rapidly using characteristics of different game structures the audience will keep recognizing different game elements. This not only gives a hilarious effect, it also allows for the story to be highlighted from many different angles. The […]
Red Light, Green Light
Player A stands with their back to the other players, who form a line at a proper distance (~5 meter) from player A. The goal of the other players is to reach and tag player A without player A noticing when they move. When player A calls ”Green light” the other players get to move […]
Ridiculous Fashion Accessories
The game starts with a regular scene. When a teammate or the judges deem it necessary, they will clap their hands and request a ridiculous fashion accessory from the audience. This accessory has to be immediately implemented into the scene. Ideally the players act as if the accessory has been in the scene the whole […]
Four players stand on stage, in a square with ribs of 1.5 to 2 meters. They form the metaphorical revolving door, or shifting through couples of players. First, for all combinations of two players, a suggestion is asked. This can be an object, a dilemma, a relationship, and so on. The two players in front start […]
This game is a free improvisation, in which the players express the (cunning) motivation of their actions in the form of poetic fragments. While playing, a player says “sly poetry,” steps forward or sideways, and performs his poem. Then he steps back and the scene continues.
The Ice Age
The Ice Age is designed to be the same as the Space Jump. The four players ask for their suggestion, and then let the other team put themselves in a pose. Remember the moat (edge zone between stage and audience) and good distribution. The Ice Age begins when the first player thaws from his frozen […]
The audience is asked for an action which is then performed in world’s worst way possible (the world’s worst way to catch a fish, to kill your neighbor or to tell your girlfriend she has a moustache). And all of this within one minute. The players enter the stage one at the time and the […]