Reenact short “scenes” in which participants will assume the role of characters

type: improtheatre
purpose: boost roleplaying; get comfortable with improvisation; create a character real fast.
no. of players: 3-15
time: 30-120 min
prep time:
materials: none
RPG: no


  • The facilitator will assume the role of the director of the scenes and will help participants to build their scenes. The facilitator will also “cut” the scenes when the apex is reached and the scene has fully shown its content.

  • The facilitator will ask participants to start thinking about a scene: can be a scene from a movie they like, from a tv show, a cartoon, a book or whatever. They can also make up an original scene they invent on the fly.

  • Every scene is ok but they has to be:

    • Easy – the scene must be easy to understand and must be summarised to the other people in a sentence or two.
    • Short – the scene captures a specific moment, a climax in a story, a sudden event or a conflict.
    • Involving – the scene must involve as many people as possible from the people in the game. Director will help in this to give as many roles as possible: sure there are 1 or two protagonists, but many more secondary show-up characters can be present and enrich the scene.
    • Interesting – something has to happen during the scene. There must be something that makes it worth it.
    • Achievable – remember that even if the imagination you can represent every environment, you will be physically limited to the place or room you have. So keep it in mind when you propose a chase scene or a journey based scene.

  • Scene will be re-enacted one at a time. The order of the scene will be dictated just by the people who come up with an idea first. Possibly, at the end of the activity, every participant is supposed to propose and re-enact a scene.

Examples of possible scenes:

    1. The moment when the character lost something valuable.
    2. The moment when the character stood up and fought for something important.
    3. The moment when the character learnt an important life lesson

For facilitators:

  • First listen to the ideas of the people, but then feel free to adjust them: since not every proposal can be fully achievable, the facilitator in this activity is in the position to modify or partially reshape an idea for the whole process’ sake. This is part of the role of the Director.

  • Give clear instructions and practical examples of possible scenes to people who lack imagination.

  • After a few scenes, if the activity flows well even without you as a character in it, try not to take part of it and let the participants fully re-enact the scenes. It will be easier to observe and make sure everyone is comfortable in their role.

For reflection:

  • How was it?

  • Which scene did you enjoy the most? Why?