Drama Awareness Game – Infection!

This great warm up game is a good way to raise awareness for your ensemble or introduce new students.


  • Ask students to stand in a circle with their eyes closed.
  • The teacher touches one person on the head and this person is infected.
  • The students should walk around the room and shake hands with as many people as possible.
  • The infected person should tap twice on another person’s hand to infect them.
  • All infected people can tap twice on the hands of others to infect them.
  • Stop the game and ask infected students to raise their hand.
  • Repeat and reduce or increase the time to figure out roughly how long it takes for the entire class to become infected.

Top tip: For an extra challenge, see if students can retrace their steps to figure out who started the game infected.

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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