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Improv Pairs (with a trio thrown in)

The Believer: : you have converted to a wacky new religion. (make one up) You are now trying to persuade this friend/stranger/spouse to join this new religion. You'll have to work out the details with your partner as to your relationship. Try to save his or her soul.
The Doubter: your objective is to react to the statements and questions that the other actor is making. Stay skeptical at least in the beginning.

The Believer:: you have converted to a wacky new religion. (make one up) You are now trying to persuade this friend/stranger/spouse to join this new religion. You'll have to work out the details with your partner as to your relationship. Try to save his or her soul.
The Doubter: your objective is to react to the statements and questions that the other actor is making. Stay skeptical at least in the beginning.

Beware: You must try to prevent your friend from entering a bank and making a deposit. Your have to explain to him or her that the bank has been taken over by aliens or the living dead, or devils and that it will be his or her death to go in there.
Depositor: You are overdrawn at the bank. (your checking account is in minus territory) so you have to make a deposit. Don't forget that this is your friend talking to you. Be curious or mistrustful. You're on your lunch break and don't have all day.

Beware: You must try to prevent your friend from entering a bank and making a deposit. Your have to explain to him or her that the bank has been taken over by aliens or the living dead, or devils and that it will be his or her death to go in there.
Depositor: You are overdrawn at the bank. (your checking account is in minus territory) so you have to make a deposit. Don't forget that this is your friend talking to you. Be curious or mistrustful. You're on your lunch break and don't have all day.

Teacher: you must inform the student that he or she will fail your English class. Explain why this is so, include test results, absences, lack of participation etc. In other words the reasons why.
Student: After hearing the bad news, (and perhaps debating) you must plead your case as to why the professor should: give not give you an F.

Teacher: you must inform the student that he or she will fail your English class. Explain why this is so, include test results, absences, lack of participation etc. In other words the reasons why.
Student: After hearing the bad news, (and perhaps debating) you must plead your case as to why the professor should: give not give you an F.

The Waiter: you work at a restaurant. Act the part: try to serve the client as best you can.
The Annoying Client: do your best to be irritating.
Change your order, often. If you order fish, change your mind and order meat. Explain that you are allergic. Ask what is in the ingredients. Change tables.
do everything you can to prevent the waiter from ever waiting on you.

The Waiter: you work at a restaurant. Act the part: try to serve the client as best you can.<
The Annoying Client: do your best to be irritating.
Change your order, often. If you order fish, change your mind and order meat. Explain that you are allergic. Ask what is in the ingredients. Change tables.
do everything you can to prevent the waiter from ever waiting on you.

Parent: you bring you kid to the doctors office for the first time.. Normally it your spouse who has brought the child in for checkups and the likes. So this is new for you. Try to calm your child or make him behave.
Child: You do NOT like being here. Perhaps you are afraid/angry/sick of the doctor. Do your best so that things do not go smoothly. Be childish.
Doctor: Go through the motions of being a doctor. Use the stethoscope, ask the patient to breathe deeply, say ah, take his pulse. Converse with the parent and child.
Does it hurt if I touch you here etc. Do tests, have fun with it. culminating with giving a shot to the child.

Parent: you bring you kid to the doctors office for the first time. .Normally it your spouse who has brought the child in for checkups and the likes. So this is new for you. Try to calm your child or make him behave.
Child: You do NOT like being here. Perhaps you are afraid/angry/sick of the doctor. Do your best so that things do not go smoothly. Be childish.
Doctor: Go through the motions of being a doctor. Use the stethoscope, ask the patient to breathe deeply, say ah, take his pulse. Converse with the parent and child.
Does it hurt if I touch you here etc. Do tests, have fun with it. culminating with giving a shot to the child.

Parent: you bring you kid to the doctors office for the first time. Normally it your spouse who has brought the child in for checkups and the likes. So this is new for you. Try to calm your child or make him behave.
Child: You do NOT like being here. Perhaps you are afraid/angry/sick of the doctor. Do your best so that things do not go smoothly. Be childish.
Doctor: Go through the motions of being a doctor. Use the stethoscope, ask the patient to breathe deeply, say ah, take his pulse. Converse with the parent and child.
Does it hurt if I touch you here etc. Do tests, have fun with it. culminating with giving a shot to the child.


Teachers: you can cut out the square and place them face down to let the students choose their own partners. If this


is an ESL class perhaps giving your students some time to search for the appropriate vocabulary would be in order.

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