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Drama Game: Affect the Player


May 8, 2018 Drama Games , 6 Comments

Type:  Creativity, Improv

Purpose: A useful game that will help students explore objective and tactics. Most appropriate for slightly older students.

Prep: Write a list of feelings up on the board (provided at the bottom of this post)


1. Divide the students into pairs (preferably random pairs.)

2. Tell the students that you will give them 5 seconds to silently choose one of the feelings from the list on the board. They should not tell their partner what they have chosen. 

3. When you say “Action”, they are to try and elicit that feeling from their partner. The only restriction is they may not use recognizable words and may not touch their partner (gibberish is allowed). The students should strongly and actively pursue their objective, while allowing themselves to be affected by the actions of their partner.

5. Call “Action” and give them 60 seconds.

6. Play a few rounds, each time having them choose a new feeling from the board.

Reflection: Were you successful? Was that challenging? What tactic did you find to be most successful?

Variation: For advanced students, ask each player to choose two feelings and try to illicit both from their partner.

List of Feelings:


Have other emotions to add to the list? Leave them in the comments below!

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  • Maurice Shukla
    May 9, 2018 at 12:26 am Reply

    I wonder why there aren’t more positive feelings like compassion, generosity, discernment, gentleness, dignity, sharing, faith, patience, gratitude, independence, helpfulness, cheerfulness, honesty, perseverance, frankness, sporting spirit, courage, sincerity, faithfulness, friendliness, etc.

    1. bbbpress
      May 9, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply

      These are great additions, thank you!

  • Joël Fosse
    May 9, 2018 at 3:26 am Reply

    THank you for this new game. I would suggest those feelings : ‘Disgust’ ; ‘indignation’ ; ‘curiosity’ …

  • Donna Kernan
    Jul 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm Reply

    I run a weekly drama club and now currently two summer schemes. I’ve been teaching drama for 30 years and created many games and improv ideas but sometimes we need fresh ideas and inspiration . I love the wonderful ideas and easy instructions. You are invaluable. I intend to order a show at some point as they seem so well written. Thank you so very much. Ireland.

  • KitKat
    Dec 6, 2018 at 8:46 am Reply

    Do the students do this one at a time, or are they both pursuing their objective at the same time?

  • Kamelia
    Jun 24, 2020 at 2:11 am Reply

    the exercise is very stimulating to don’t loose the goal of the action.

    I’ve not understand the word “illicit” in this context: “…ask each player to choose two feelings and try to illicit both from their partner.”

    as well: “…. elicit that feeling from their partner.” I guess “elicit feelings from” means “to cause/to induce” your partner feel this emotion?

    Thank you!

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