A more advanced version of Only-Questions
Explore how we can gain confidence in our communication by making statements instead of questions.
Level of Difficulty:
2-person scenes, with additional team members to “swap” in
Gather a location that would fit on the area you can use as a stage. This could be a coffee shop queue, an elevator, a public bus, or anything else.
Start a typical, grounded scene. The main goal is to create a scene where you make statements, not questions. Any time a character in the scene asks a questions, teammates on the sidelines make a “buzz” noise. The team member who asked the question steps out of the scene and a new team member steps in, continuing the scene.
Member A: This is a great day
Member B: I agree
Member A: What do you want to do?
Team: BUZZ! Member A steps off the scene and Member C joins
Member C: I hope it doesn’t rain
And the scene proceeds…
After 2-3 minutes, feel free to call scene and start over with a new location or prompt.
How does shifting our frame of mind from questions to statements impact our choice? How often are we asking a question simply to validate an assumption, and when do we genuinely need clarity? How might our communication be more direct by stating what we know rather than waiting for someone else to confirm it?