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Drama Game: Fortunately, Unfortunately

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Oct 16, 2014 Drama Games , 1 Comment

smile frown drama gameType:  Creativity, Improv

Purpose: Similar to one word story, this is a beginning improv game that helps students create interesting stories by thinking quickly and creatively.

Procedure:

1.  Have the players stand in a circle.

2.  The goal of the group is to tell a coherent story going around the circle, each player contributing one line at a time.

3.  A leader will begin the story with one establishing sentence.

4.  Then every line must alternate between “Fortunately…” and “Unfortunately…”.

EXAMPLE:

LEADER: “Once there was a monkey who wanted to be a movie star.”

PLAYER 1: “Unfortunately, she lived in the wild far away from civilization.”

PLAYER 2:  “Fortunately, she had a cousin who lived in Los Angeles.”

PLAYER 3: “Unfortunately, she had no money to buy a plane ticket to Los Angeles.”

PLAYER 4: “Fortunately, she was a very fast at swinging through trees so she began her journey to California.”

PLAYER 5:  “Unfortunately, her arms go so tired she had to stop and take a nap in a bear cave.”

PLAYER 6:  “Fortunately, the bear was out running errands so she had the whole cave to herself.”

PLAYER 7:  etc.

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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


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  • Vinod Kumar K
    Oct 20, 2014 at 11:47 am Reply

    I have heard of another ‘alternating fortunes’ story. It’s like this. Fortunately it was a clear day for flying. Unfortunately, the man was late to the flying club, fortunately he got a chance in half an hour, unfortunately the plane developed engine trouble, fortunately there was a parachute, unfortunately it did not open, fortunately he managed to spot a huge haystack below him, unfortunately there was a needle in the haystack, fortunately he missed the needle, unfortunately he missed the haystack! You can improvise as you go along….

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