This game is a variation on the popular charade style games where people have to guess an occupation or action from someone performing a mime or skit. The game needs to be played in small teams, 2 or 3 in each team is ideal. The team doing the ‘acting out’ needs to go out of the room and decide amongst themselves who has a ‘problem’ and what that problem is. For example one of the team members could have a problem that he or she cannot stop interrupting. The team then decides on a small skit to act out that will demonstrate this problem. For example the team could be in a launderette washing cloths and talking, with the problematic person continually interrupting. The team can only act out the problem and although they can speak they should not mention the problem, for example they can’t say, “can you stop interrupting”.
When the ‘acting out’ team returns to the main room they act out their skit and the other teams have to guess who has the ‘problem’ and what it is. For older guests the problems could be more tightly defined, for example ‘this person talks a lot” is similar but not the same as “this person always interrupts”.
The problems could also be scratching, hopping, laughing or something bizarre like spinning around every time their name is mentioned. If the hostess thinks of example problems ahead of time, to make suggestions, then the party guests will get the idea and come up with their own. The guessing teams should keep quiet until the end of the round (skit) then get together in their teams and discuss, write down a guess. When all the teams have decided on what problem they just saw they reveal their answers and another team acts out a problem.
Some ideas for ‘problems’ are: -
Always calls people by their wrong name.
Only speaks in questions
Cannot say ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, only ‘maybe’ or ‘I suppose that’s correct’ or ‘it is possible’ etc.
Never looks directly at the person he\she is speaking to.
Has to ‘tweet’ or send text messages when someone talks to him\her.
This party activity can also be incorporated into a themed party; in that the skits could be related to the overall theme, for example the guests reenact a scene from Cinderella or a popular movie but with one of the ‘players’ having the ‘problem’.