One-word stories come in several forms:

All in a row

4 or 5 players line up in a row. The audience dictates the title of the story and now the players tell a story, with each player saying only one word at a time. The story follows in the order in which the players are placed.

Two players

There are two forms here:

  • Everyone is involved, but two of them are active on stage. The two let themselves be known by the audience. Inspired by the term, they alternately tell a story, with each of them saying only one word at a time. If someone hesitates for too long, makes embarrassment statements like "uh-uh" or the story is illogical, absurd or stupid, then the audience can say "meeep". The player who has triggered the "möp" will step aside or leave the stage and be replaced by another player. The two players on stage have a new concept and tell a new story until it is finished by a "Meeep"... etc. This will continue indefinitely.
  • The two stand shoulder to shoulder and "merge into one person". Then they tell a story (in the present tense), with everyone saying only one word at a time. The movements are performed synchronously by both players.

Hint: It is helpful if each word is accompanied by an action (change of pose) (like in the exercise Yes, and then). Furthermore, it makes a lot of sense if the words are stretched a little bit and are spoken with a lot of vocal variation ("I... taaaake... theee....liiiiitttllleee... Hammerrrr!... aaaaaaaand...").

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last update: 2019-02-22
by Guido Boyke

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