Drama Name Game – Electricity

Silly Fish Learning creator, Rebecca Humphries is currently representing Prague Youth Theatre at YES Drama Camp in Croatia with TRY Theatre and Belgrade English Language Theatre.

On day one, staff from TRY Theatre ran a great name game that we wanted to share with all those teaching at camps or in classrooms this summer.


  • Ask students to stand in a circle and learn the names of the people directly next to them.
  • Start the ‘electricity’ by acting as though you have received an electric shock and saying the name of a person next to you.
  • Touch the person whose name you called while electrified to pass the shock to them.
  • This person can then pass the shock on to the next person or back to you following the same procedure.
  • Once students understand the system, introduce a second surge of electricity.
  • Both volts pass around the circle until they reach the same person.
  • The student hit by both surges of electricity explodes and the round is over.
  • All students must then switch places and start again.

The repetition of names helps students to remember those of the people they are next to.

Top tip: Keep the speed up and ensure all students act like they are electrified when the volt reaches them. This helps to increase energy and gives time for more rounds and more opportunity for students to learn more of their classmate’s names. 

Rebecca is the founder and chief executive officer of Silly Fish Learning Ltd. She is a children's playwright with a vast and varied career in education, primarily teaching drama and English.

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