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Drama Game: Gibberish Interpreter


Oct 1, 2013 Drama Games , 2 Comments

gibberish drama gameType: Creativity, Improv


1.  If you haven’t already, introduce your students to the idea of speaking in “Gibberish”. (Gibberish means speaking with silly sounds that don’t mean anything, but still communicate an intention and meaning.)

2.  A good way to warm up the class is with a simple call and response.  Speak a phrase in gibberish, and have the kids repeat it.  Try to use gestures and demonstrate different emotions and styles.

3.  Ask two students to take the stage.

4.  One will speak gibberish, and the other will translate the gibberish into English.

5.  Give the gibberish student a specific situation to talk about, or take suggestions from the class.  (i.e. You have just come back from a walk on Jupiter, and you are telling us, a crowd of reporters, all about it.)

6.  The gibberish speaker should speak only one line at a time, using as much physicality as he/she can.  Then the interpreter will mimic the motions and translate the phrase into English.


–  Encourage the gibberish speaker to be very specific in his/her intention and actions.  Encourage the interpreter to think very carefully about trying to make the gibberish make sense.


–  A scientist explaining her recent discovery of a 2nd moon
–  A pop singer giving a press conference after falling asleep during his concert performance
–  A child describing what it was like getting her first cavity
–  A chef explaining how to cook his favorite meal, candy spaghetti (or anything else!)
–  A farmer explaining how to milk a cow in record time

Do you have other scenario ideas?  Leave them below in the comments!


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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


  • Colleen
    Sep 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm Reply

    Is the situational suggestion to the speaker made public?

  • Glory
    Jul 20, 2018 at 4:12 pm Reply

    Apparently. When it says, “…or take suggestions from the class,” it implies the class does know what the scenarios are, because you can’t give suggestions without knowing what they are. It gives the interpreter and audience a frame of reference so they can at least have some idea what the person is trying to say.

    But you could create a twist on the game and turn it into Charades! Give the audience and interpreter a category, like food or furniture, and the actor a more specific topic of that category, like pizza or a bedside table. Then have the audience try to guess it, with the actor spouting gibberish and the interpreter’s commentary.

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