(the one where players do the same character)
In this exercise for rehearsal, one player begins a scene as a strong character, with distinct physical and vocal choices. The second person then joins the scene as the same kind of character, mimicking the other person's voice and physicality as completely as possible. They both try to maintain the characters throughout the scene, and if possible get even bigger with the character.
(aka: Joining Scenes, Two Peas in a Pod)
- Good gibberish sounds like actual foreign language (instead of baby talk or silly repetitive noises).
- Encourage big physicality to give the translator as much as possible to work with.
- The more faithfully the translator interprets what it sounds like the alien is actually saying, the more satisfying for the audience. Try to match emotional tone, intention, sentence structure, physicality, etc.
- You can save time by assuming that the alien understands enough English to not need the questions translated into gibberish for her. So we only have to translate her answers for the audience.
- If you want to build up your gibberish skills you can play a version of this game using slips of paper with gibberish phrases written on them (or even use sentences written in another language).
- Try doing a gibberish poet with a translator, and then add an interpretive dancer as well.
- For a more scenic game involving gibberish, check out Foreign Film.