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DRAMATIC DEATHS is an absolute favourite for drama students and great for improvisation and creative scene writing skills. 

​How to play dramatic deaths



  • This is a scene creation drama activity that works well in groups of 3 to 4.


Instructions for this drama activity:

  • In small groups, students must create a "dramatic death" scene where a character (or more than one) dies a dramatic death.

  • The teacher gives students a "death by" (i.e. chocolate) and the students must come up with a creative scene.

  • The scenes should have a beginning, middle and end and students should be encouraged to freeze at the end. I think scenes are best kept short (1-2 minutes in length).

Time to devise

  • Do not give students an overly long time to come up with and rehearse their scenes. While this is not an 'improv' or on the spot activity, I have always tried to push students to commit to decisions quickly. I find this helps them overall with creative idea generation (and it stops them getting so stuck on ideas). I would give students max 10-15 minutes to come up with and rehearse their scenes before performance. They do not need to over rehearse the scene prior to performance but they should come up with the plot, characters and order.

This drama activity is included in the FREE Drama Games PDF which you can download HERE!

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