nd the man who
did'st steal my pig be.... RIGHT THERE! Ready for a
laugh, you look to your left but see no one. Hey wait a minute,
that finger is pointing at ME. And now everyone is looking
at you too. You open your mouth and... "Thine pig?! Not
two fortnights prior dids't I loan to thee my prize'd bristly
boar Gerald to service thy pink Petunia! You be a forgetfull old
hen indeed." Whew, good thing your mind was running and
- Go around in a circle: a person mimes an action, the person
next to them asks "What are you doing?", they reply "I am
(some other action)." Then the next person pantomimes the
spoken action and says they are doing something else.
For example, Person one mimes driving a car while saying "I am
brushing my teeth." Person two mimes brushing their teeth but
says "I am baking a cake.", and so on. Eject them if they falter
or say the action they ARE doing.
- Things that they aren't
- Go around in a circle: each person points at something and
says "Look at that (something else)." Eject them if they
- One or two people start with a mimed action. Everyone watches
for an interesting moment or position and upon seeing it shouts
FREEZE. The first to yell replaces an existing actor and either
continues the scene taking the first line, or starts an entirely new
scene from that starting position. At a suitable moment, someone
shouts SCENE and ends the scene.
- Pass the Clap
- Start in a circle. The leader claps his hands to the right
and the person on his right receives the clap, and passes it to
her right, etc. Once the clap flows smoothly around the circle,
allow each person to choose to send the clap either right or left.
- Stand in a circle. The leader holds out her hands like rabbit
paws while saying "Bunny Bunny Bunny". The people on each side form
the rabbit ears by leaning in and holding their inner hand by the
leader's ear. When the leader says "Bunny" for the fourth time, they
point at someone else in the circle who becomes the bunny with the two
people at either side again forming the ears.
Putting Yourself In Character
Back at RPFN, someone once told me about how they clear out
of those nagging 20th Century thoughts by taking a few
minutes of a sort of meditation in the morning after breakfast but
before the gate opens. Some Guilds do group morning
exercises; some stretching is a great way to start the day.
Stand loosely and (stay with me here) envision a
connection from your head, down through your body, and out the feet
into the earth. The idea is to picture a vortex, a sink, and
allow the various distracting thoughts of bills, the DMV, and
other worldly nonsense to one by one be acknowledged and set
adrift into the abyss. Sometimes this involves a bit of soul
searching to even recall what exactly is nagging you. Once the
annoyances are addressed, one by one bring up the characteristics
which make up your faire character. Remind yourself about who you
are: my name is William, I was born in September of 1555, and so on.
Then tell yourself that you're about to open your eyes on another
beautiful day. It is very Marin, but the memories of opening my
eyes to the sun through the oaks stays with me still!
A great list of improv games online at improvencyclopedia.org. Check out the mindbending Impro from Keith
Johnstone. 'Sound & Fury' swear by Gary Izzo's
The Art of