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Drama Game: Whoosh!


May 22, 2013 Drama Games , , , 2 Comments


Type:  Warm-Up.


1.  Everybody stands in a circle.

2.  Start with one person, who waves both hands to his/her neighbor, saying `Whoosh`.

3.  The next person passes the Whoosh to his neighbor, and that way the Whoosh is passed around the circle.

4.  There’s 4 other sounds/movements that can be made:

5.  Whoa!: indicated by saying “whoa”, and holding up both hands in a stop motion. A “Whoa” changes the direction of the Whoosh.

6.  Zap”: instead of passing the Whoosh to your neighbor, it gets zapped to the person you point to with your hands clapped together. The receiver continues with either a Whoosh to his neighbor, or another Zap to another person. A “Whoa” after a Zap returns to the Zapper.

7.  Groooooooovelicious`: for this one the whole group bends down and up again in a kinda groovy way, all saying Groooooooovelicious. Afterwards, the person who started the Groovelicious sets the Whoosh in motion again, in any direction.

8.  “Freakout”: indicated by waving both hands in the air. Everybody starts screaming and moves to the center of the circle. When everybody`s freaked out a new circle is formed, and the starter of the Freakout sets the Whoosh in motion again.


1.  You can invent other sounds and gestures.

2.  Begin an elimination mode in which kids that mess up must sit down, till there’s only two people left standing.


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“It’s not often that I genuinely laugh at material written for this age group or genuinely get a lump in my throat. It’s so rewarding watching my younger actors perform material that doesn’t write down to them.”

Samuel Bush
September 20, 2014


  • Lyn Cunningham
    Jun 14, 2018 at 5:32 am Reply

    Students usually like this game – or variations on it. I find that Middle Schoolers often use the stop and reverse function too much and kill the forward momentum of the game. To counter that, I often make the rule of “no reverses until I say” or “only people whose birthday is in the summer can reverse” or even “only one reverse per cycle.”

  • litgirl2233
    Dec 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Some others that were used at my high school:

    Bong: The person who has the Whoosh makes a hammering motion with his/her fist and says “Bong,” and the Whoosh reverses direction.

    Bridge: The person who has the Whoosh says “Bridge” and puts one arm up in the direction of the Whoosh’s progress. The person next to him/her is skipped, and the Whoosh goes to the next person.

    Suspension Bridge: The person who has the Whoosh says “Suspension bridge” and raises both arms like… the cables of a suspension bridge. This time, two people are skipped (the Whoosh moves to the third person away) and have to scream and controlled-fall (like they had fallen from a suspension bridge).

    Hyperspace: The person who has the Whoosh says “Hyperspace,” everyone starts making the Whoosh motion and sound at once, and then a random person starts the Whoosh again in the same direction.

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