String of Pearls
(the one where players tell a story out of order)
In this game for performance, players tell a story out of order, once sentence at a time. One player steps forward and makes up the first line. A second player steps forward and makes up a last line that has absolutely nothing to do with the first. The rest of the players each fill in a line of the story wherever they can, trying to bring things together and end up with a story that makes complete sense. Every time a new line is added, the players go down the string and repeat their lines first to last. This game works best with 7 or 8 players.
(aka: Story String, Beads on a String)
- You don't need an audience suggestion for this game, but if you like you can take a suggestion for the title of the story, or get a couple words to inspire the first and last lines.
- The first line and last line should be so completely unrelated that the audience laughs at the impossible task that you've set for yourselves.
- If you're playing with seven or more people, the third line should be relatively unrelated as well and go somewhere in the middle. Otherwise the story can come together too easily.
- If you only have three or four players, you can assign each of them two or three lines each. Or if you have one brave player, you can do a solo version of String of Pearls in which she generates all of the lines.
- Try a musical version in which all of the lines are sung and by the end you have a story that is also a song.