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Small group scene creation activities

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Here are some of my favourite resources to inspire fantastic small group original scenes!

I really like small group scene creation activities. They encourage creative storytelling, improv skills, understanding of narrative, character development and performance skills. They also allow you to mix up student ability levels and allow students to rehearse and refine short original scenes. Here are some of my favourite resources to have your students create great short group scenes in drama.


(Note on these resources: Each drama / improv card set comes with prompt cards and suggestions for multiple drama games / activities. These are my favourite small group scene creation activities inspired by the prompt sets and they are also good scene creation activities with limited class time available and to suit varying skill levels in the classroom)


Odd Inventions

These printable prompt cards are based on real life odd

inventions. One of my favourites is 'odd advertisements'

where in small groups, students create and perform an

advertisement for an odd invention!


Great Escapes

These printable prompt cards include funny 'great escape'

prompts. One of my favourite activities is 'great escapes'

where in small groups, students create and perform a

comedy scene based on the allocated prompt card.


Help Scenes

These printable prompt cards come with an opening line

'help' prompt. Students must use the line as the basis for a

scene. Students can create these scenes quickly.



Hobbies

These printable prompt cards are based on made up

character hobbies. One of my favourite small group scene

creation activities is 'hobbies anonymous' where students

create a scene based on a support group for their hobbies.


Prop Scenes

These printable prompt cards come with 2 suggested

scenarios for students to create their own scene or they can

come up with their own based on an allocated prop. A good

any day scene creation activity.


Character Scenes

These are printable character cards and while these cards are

useful for just about any improv game, one of my favourite

activities is 'character scenes' where students are allocated a

random character and create a scene including every one.


Dramatic Deaths

Probably my most popular group scene creation activity. In

small groups, students create a scene with the dramatic

death. Instructions for games are included in the resource

but you can also find out how to play dramatic deaths HERE!


Locations

These are printable location cards and while these cards are

useful for just about any drama scene creation activity, one

of my favourite activities is 'location shift' where students are

allocated two locations and must incorporate both.

Silly Superheroes

A fun activity is 'save the world' where in small groups,

students create a scene where retired superheroes come out

of retirement to save the world. Also check out the small

group improv game Superheroes to the Rescue HERE!


Opening Line Scenes

These are printable 'opening line' prompts and students

must create a scene starting with the opening line. A very

good quick scene creation activity.



Animated Objects

These improv / theatre game prompt cards were designed to

play with multiple improv games but can also be used to task

students to come up with a short small group scene based

on the 'animated objects' prompts. A great scene activity for

interesting dialogue creation.



Wacky Events

These improv / theatre game prompt cards were designed to

play with multiple improv games but can also be used to task

students to come up with a short small group scene based

on the 'wacky events' prompts. These can be really funny

scenes with a challenge being on narrative (how to structure

the scene).


Things that go Wrong

These improv / theatre game prompt cards were designed to

play with multiple improv games but can also be used to task

students to come up with a short small group scene based

on the 'things that go wrong' prompts. These are good scene

prompts for limited time.



Job Mishaps

These improv / theatre game prompt cards were designed to

play with multiple improv games but can also be used to task

students to come up with a short small group scene based

on the 'job mishaps' prompts. These are also good prompts

for quick short scene creation.




Each Drama / Improv Card set from Drama Trunk comes with suggestions for multiple games and activities for use with each set. Combine multiple card sets for even more challenges and activities.


But there's more drama...

As well as more suggested games with all of these sets, I have even more sets of drama cards with more games, activities and prompts to use in heaps of drama, theatre and improv games and to help students create scenes. Find out why I created drama cards and how they transformed my drama classes here or check them out here.


Happy Drama Teaching!