Pantomime Games & Activities

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Pantomime provides the opportunity to be creative without speaking. There are some pantomime games and activities which can be enjoyed by both children and adults. The mirror exercise and passing the face are activities that can get players into the spirit of this silent communication.

The body talk game and the passing game also provide some fun with pantomime.

Mirror Exercise

The purpose of the mirror game is to mimic the movements of other players. It is for two players. One plays the mirror. As the other player makes any movement or facial expression, the mirror player must copy it exactly to the best of his ability. The player initiating action can do things like brushing his teeth or changing his clothes. The game is good for learning timing and being inventive. Players can take turns being mirrors.

The Passing Game

In the passing game, someone is the leader. He comes up with a suggestion on a completely imaginary object to be passed from one player to another around a circle. The object is up to the leader's imagination and can be anything he can imagine that can be passed along. Pantomime players must not let it fall and also try to determine how big and heavy it is through their movements.

Body Talk Game

The body talk game has players acting out commands. These commands are written down on pieces of paper and placed in some sort of container. Each player takes a turn acting out a command after taking a piece of paper they pull out from the container. As players act out the expressions -- which can include things like "Shame on you!" and "Hooray!" -- other players must guess the expression.

Passing The Face

Passing the face is another pantomime activity and while it can be practised by anyone, it is very useful for actors before a performance. It calms fears and can make them feel more relaxed. To do it, all participants stand around in a circle and hold hands. Then, starting with one person and going all the way around, a player makes a facial expression to the person on her right. Then that person makes a face to the person on his right. They can't use the expression they just saw but are allowed variations on the same idea. For example, they can use their own idea of a funny face after witnessing one.