Teaching Drama

Resource: 50 Relationship Prompts

Relationship prompts
Written by Kerry Hishon

Sometimes when your students do a playwriting assignment or an improvised scene, they’ll need a prompt to help them choose what kind of relationship their characters will have. Many students, when told to create characters with a “relationship,” think they have to write or perform a romantic pairing, which can be awkward or embarrassing. But have no fear! Below is a list of platonic, gender-neutral relationships your students can choose from:

  1. Teacher and student
  2. Professor and student
  3. Teacher and principal
  4. Student and guidance counsellor
  5. Student and school bus driver
  6. Student and librarian
  7. Hairstylist and client
  8. Makeup artist and client
  9. Celebrity and assistant
  10. Celebrity and fan
  11. Singer and backup dancer
  12. Actor and director
  13. Director and stage manager
  14. Director and producer
  15. Director and designer (costume, lights, etc.)
  16. Model and photographer
  17. Athlete and coach
  18. Chef and server
  19. Server and restaurant patron
  20. Airline attendant and pilot
  21. Airline attendant and passenger
  22. Reporter and interviewee
  23. Magician and assistant
  24. Child and babysitter
  25. Store employee and customer
  26. Doctor and nurse
  27. Doctor and patient
  28. Nurse and patient
  29. Call centre employee and customer
  30. Technical support and customer
  31. Housekeeper and cook
  32. Two employees at the same store
  33. Roller coaster operator and guest
  34. Hotel manager and guest
  35. Landlord and tenant
  36. Superhero and villain
  37. Superhero and sidekick
  38. Superhero and rescued person
  39. Royalty and peasant
  40. Royalty and bodyguard
  41. Vegetarian and meat-eater
  42. Psychic medium and ghost
  43. Writer and director
  44. Ventriloquist and puppet
  45. Pirate captain and naval officer
  46. Pirate captain and first mate
  47. Author and illustrator
  48. Pen pals
  49. Driving instructor and new driver
  50. Tradesperson and apprentice
Click here for 50 more relationship prompts.

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, writer and stage combatant from London, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at www.kerryhishon.com.

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Kerry Hishon

Kerry Hishon is a director, actor, writer and stage combatant from London, Ontario, Canada. View her blog at www.kerryhishon.com.