Bench

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 possessions!” Player 2: ”I was in possession of the sacred book!” Player 3: ”So I booked a flight to Miami and then craziest things happened”. And so on.

Players can take over each other’s story whenever they want, they don’t even have to let the other player finish their phrase. However, make sure each player gets some time at the start to establish their storyline. After that, having more and more takeovers is great fun after which the players somehow how to find a climax for their stories. An extra challenge would be to have a climax where all three stories entwine.

Monkey Caging

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 challenge is to keep the story simple as to not overwhelm it with the many different game elements.

Notes:
– like the ‘Multigame’. this game only works if the audience is experienced in theatresports.
– this game gets its name from the Dutch ‘Apenkooien’ and is a great game to play during the last lesson before the holidays.

ACE

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 their hands, shouting ”More Action/Color/Emotion” (depending on which spot they were standing) after which they swap places with the player in front. The player that is now in front will continue the story by adding the element they shouted. For Action, you make sure something happens in the story, whereas for Color, you pause the story to describe the scene in extensive detail. And for Emotion, you describe in detail what the character(s) in the story is/are feeling. The new storyteller keeps doing this until someone else claps their hands and takes over the story again.