Observation is my number one tool for finding play ideas. When you observe, you’re not just looking around, skimming the world around you. Observation is the specific looking at people, places and things. You’re looking at the world like a writer. And when you look at the world like a writer, everything becomes a play idea.
Complete this exercise with your students. Have them collect their observations in their drama journals. Or you can click below to download the exercise and Observation sheet to print and hand out to your students to fill in.
What’s happening in the conversation on the other side of the cafeteria? What are they talking about? What is the relationship? What does the body language of the conversation tell you about the emotional tone?
You can observe a lot in a conversation that you can only see.