Monday, 3 May 2010

May's monthly game

This month's free music game is played in pairs. It's called Count to Three and that's all you have to do. Except, of course, that it isn't quite as simple as that. The difficulty comes from alternating the count with your partner. To learn how to play it just click on the link to the page on my site.

I first came across this game when working as musical director for Tiebreak Theatre's production of Frog in Love and readying it for its trip to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003. David Farmer was directing the show and rehearsals always began with extended warm-ups and this was one of the games we played. I had almost forgotten it and then a drama teacher I was working with last week used the game with some primary aged children. What's great about the game is that children of six can play it as easily as adults. Or perhaps I should say with equal difficulty.

This is probably a good time to mention David Farmer's book 101 Drama Games and Activities which is full of warm-ups and exercises. It contains this game but he calls it One Two Three, a name I use for an entirely different game. And thet picture, in case you are wondering, is an unusual view of Sir Norman Foster's Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts.

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