Welcome To Drama Games

Your free educational resource, dedicated to games and exercises to be used to develop skills used in the performing arts. As all drama teachers and practitioners know, drama games are an invaluable resource for teachers for use in their acting classes especially in drama classes for kids, they fundamental for team building, developing communication skills and confidence building, they allow learners to understand how to engage with activities by placing particular demands on the learner.

This resource is designed as an action research project, aimed at improving the quality of teaching in the life long learning sector, it attempts to not only provide quick, accessible games for basic ice breakers, warm ups and team building skills etc, it also attempts to compile further categories that link development exercises  to support current curriculum studied in vocational and further education, moreover by contributing to this site, users are able demonstrate their commitment to the new lluk overarching professional standards and values.

As this is an action research project the site cannot develop without the contribution of current teachers, practitioners and other interested parties.    So feel free to upload, contribute and make suggestions of how this site can further improve the quality of teaching through collaboration and resource sharing.


Accept Change pass

A learner takes an imaginary object from an imaginary box, uses it, then passes it on to the next learner, who changes the object into a different imaginary object. The emphasis is initially on the students use of basic mime and imagination.

Antiques Experts

Participants sit in a circle. The leader of the workshop takes any small, easily handled object in the room e.g. a pen, notebook, informing the participants that it is an extremely rare artefact, and that they must explain what it is, as antiques experts. They take it in turns to handle the object as it … Continue reading

Anyone Who

Learners start in a circle sat on chairs. Teacher is in the middle and explains the rules of the game. Learners think of four things (e.g. anyone who had breakfast, anyone who likes dancing, and anyone who has a watch on, anyone who likes a particular TV programme). When the person in the middle calls … Continue reading

Anything but the item

Anything but the item, pupils take it in turn imagine another use for the prop except its actual purpose, by giving a demonstration of the object and clarifying its use, can be as whacky as they like. (Encourage dialogue when demonstrating the object)

Basic Tableaux

Tableaux are essentially still images, they are an incredibly important tool used to structure and frame learners work, giving them a sense of space and dramatic action. They can be used in endless ways, but the principle is always the same. Here are a few examples of how to use tableaux effectively Basic tableaux Put … Continue reading

Complete the Image

Split group into pairs, or can do exercise as a whole group. Example; Two people shake hands. Freeze the image. Discuss the meaning of the image. Then in pairs start with the frozen image of a handshake. B then steps out of the action and asks what is happening, B then returns and completes the … Continue reading

Count to 20

Group stand or sit in a circle facing in, focusing at the centre, trying not to make eye contact.  Group must count to 20, with only one person speaking at a time.  The order must be random – anyone can say the next number.  If more than one person speaks at the same time then … Continue reading

Death in a minute

One minute death. Split up into groups of 4/5, and devise a one minute play where some one dies at the end. It can be funny, sad or completely mad. Draw in group and discuss what they liked about the stories, and the ideas. Focus on what characteristics made them memorable.

Embarrassing moment

Split the class into groups of 4/5. Each come up with an embarrassing moment and tell it too each other, after this ask the group to choose one of the stories, one that is easier to remember and that the whole group can easily retell, make this a quick decision or they will debate it … Continue reading