Here’s an improv generator for the game “In A, With A, While A”. This hilarious Theatresports game usually involves a team of four players. The audience is then asked for three responses to the prompts “In A ____”, With A ____”, While A ____” and the team must incorporate all three elements into their scene.
It’s handy if the three elements do not ordinarily belong with one another, but this is not essential. For example, “in a hot air balloon, with a squirrel, while a tap dancing class begins“. In this case, these three elements do not naturally belong together, as it is doubtful you would be in a hot air balloon, with a squirrel in the basket, while a tap dancing class randomly occurs! It is now up to the players to successfully incorporate the three aspects into one improv.
Experienced teams are able to justify how or why the three elements coexist. This is not as easy as it sounds, especially in improv theatre. These teams are also able to introduce one or more of the elements as the scene progresses, as opposed to having all three elements evident at the outset of the improv act.
In the above example, players could introduce characters in a hot air balloon as the setting of the scene from the outset, while the squirrel and the tap dancing class may be introduced separately as the scene progresses, and then, if possible, justified as well.
Teams are usually given 15 seconds to quickly plan their intentions for the scene immediately after being given the prompts. As with many improv games, “In A, With A, While A” is typically timed at 1 minute, but depending on the experience of the players, 2 minutes may be appropriate, or even play the game untimed, to begin with.
But, with this random improv generator, below, all the prompts are displayed for the team and the work needed to get the scene started is done for you. All you have to do is press the “In a ___”, With a ___”, and “While a ___” buttons to reveal the random prompts.
If you want to play the game with another team, press the “Start Again” button to delete all the fields and display a new set of prompts. If you’re in the Drama classroom, display this web page on the class interactive whiteboard or screen for everyone to see.
Enjoy the game! Feedback is welcome in the comments section below the post.