Drama Awareness Game – Handshake Murderer

This game is a great progression for students who are used to wink murder.


  • Have the students stand in a circle with their eyes closed.
  • Walk around the circle and touch one student on the top of the head.
  • Whichever student was touched becomes the murderer.
  • Students must walk around the room shaking hands with each other.
  • The murderer scratches the palm of their victims to signify that they have been murdered.
  • Students who have been murdered should wait for 5 seconds before dying dramatically.
  • At any time a student may freeze the action and accuse someone of being the murderer.
  • If this student is wrong then they must forfeit their life.
  • Continue the game until the murderer is caught.

Top tip: Remind the murderer that they do not need to kill every person who they shake hands with. Being sneakier can make the game much more interesting.


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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