Fun Team Building Games – Scene of Thought #35On August 12, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the team will form half a circle. In this exercise four participants will stand in front of the group. Two of will act out the scene and the other two participants speak out the thoughts of the actors. The trainer asks who would like to act out a scene first. Then the trainer asks who would like to speak out the thoughts of the actors. The participants who speak out the thoughts will stand next behind the actor whose thoughts they will speak out. In the first part of the exercise the thoughts that will be spoken out loud may be illogical or satirical as the participants think is appropriate. The toughts doesn’t always have to make sense. Every time the trainer claps his hands the scene will be paused briefly. During the pause the thoughts of the actors will be spoken out loud by the other participants. The trainer claps his hands again and the scene continues inspired by the thoughts that have just been added by the other two participants. You ask the audience to pick a topic for the scene. In this case: showing up late. The scene starts. “Good morning, sorry I’m late. My bus didn’t go.” “Doesn’t matter, come in. Have you called our client in Chicago?” The trainer claps his hands and the thoughts of the actors will now be spoken out loud by the other participants behind them. “That’s the second time he’s using this excuse this week. When does he realise that no one believes him?” “Because it’s the third time this week my bus didn’t go she probably never believes me. But I’m not even lying. And oh my she smells so lovely again!” The trainer claps his hands and the scene continues. “Yes I did. It took me awhile but we got their business. So do you have any plans this weekend?” “Hey for someone that’s just new in the office you seem to really test the boundaries of showing up late.” “I’m going to talk with someone else about this. This behaviour is unacceptable.” “She is so beautiful. And I love it when she is so strict with me. Should I ask her now if she wants to do something with me this weekend?” “I would like you to show up on time from now on.” “Consider it done.” “She must be so hard on me because she likes me. I’m going to ask her out today.” “I’m going to file a complaint.” The trainer claps his hands and the scene is over. You can let the scenes go on untill you think there’s a nice endingpoint. The participants rejoin the group. In this scene it was clearly visible how speaking out unusual thoughts gave the scene a funny twist. Now that the group is warmed up to the exercise the second part starts. In this part the thoughts that will be spoken out loud will be as realistic as possible. In this case the actors playing the scene may choose to not speak out the thoughts or to speak out the thoughts that are given by the participants behind them. The audience chooses a topic. This time it’s: Bad news conversation. Two participants act and two other speak out the thoughts. “Hello Peter, come in. We have to talk.” “Good morning Sara. What do you want to tell me?” “Oh dear. Conversations that start like this never end well. I’m feeling a bit nervous.” “I hope he won’t take it too personally. He’s having so such a good time here.” “Conversations that start like this never end well. I’m feeling a bit nervous.” Here the actor chooses to speak out the given thought. “Your contract won’t be extended. It’s because of the reorganisation within the company.” “I feel very bad about this. Hopefully he won’t take it too personally. I didn’t even make this decision myself.” “I thought it would be something like this I don’t even mind that much. I was looking for something else anyway.” “I feel very bad about this. Hopefully you don’t take it too personally. I didn’t even make this decision myself.” Here Sara chooses to speak out the given thought. “Don’t worry about it. I know this wasn’t your choice.” The trainer claps his hands and ends the scene. Ask the actors what the effect was of saying the given thoughts out loud. Peter answers that he wasn’t so tensed anymore when he spoke out the given thought. For Sara it didn’t work so well. Sara felt like she didn’t take her responsibility by saying she didn’t make the dicision herself. Discuss with the group when it’s prefered to speak thoughts out loud and when it’s not. Is it easy to speak out the given thought or is it easier to keep it for yourself? Play a couple of more scenes with the group so that each participant has had a turn to act and to speak out thoughts. The trainer guides the team and applies variation. What kind of variations you can read below the video on Youtube And haven’t you subscribed yet? Click on subscribe to stay tuned for a new video each sunday on youtube.com/teamexercises to improve cooperation and communication.