This improv game is in the following improv game categories:
Theatre Sports is really a collection of formats. We`ll summarize the general
rules, and then describe the variations for the different sub-formats:
The game is introduced by an MC, who does a warm-up and then introduces the
judges and the 2 teams
The game is lead by judges
Each game has a fixed duration
A toss decides which team starts with a challenge
Challengers go first. Possible challenges are the classic games, but anything
goes. One might challenge the other team to play the dullest scene possible.
Teams can protest or baulk at a challenge. The judges may accept the baulk,
in which case the challengers need to come up with a new challenge. Reason
for baulking at a challenge might be "we`ve already done this game tonight".
The judges carry a horn, which they use to issue a warning for boring. After
a warning the scene should be concluded ASAP.
Judges can issue penalties, for e.g.
obscenities, smart-assing or whatever.
A punished player gets a basket over his head for a number of minutes
Scenes must end on time; the judges indicate the time, and warn the players
e.g. when they got 30 seconds left. Or they honk a warning for boring,
after which the scene must end.
After each challenge (played by both teams) the audience decided by means
of cheering, yelling of applause which team won, as interpreted by the
judges. Winners get 5 points, losers get nothing.
The whole show lasts about 45 minutes.
Some troupes let the judges issue the challenges.
Other troupes allow the winning team a free scene.
Danish variety: in this format there is only one judge, called an Ombuds.
The Ombuds is both Commentator, MC and scorekeeper.
This format is quite often played with props, in a décor. Sound and light
effects are also used. The Danish version is a bit simpler, and can be used
to play with beginners.
troupes start an evening off with a 20-minute Danish game, and then
play a 45-minute full version after the intermission.
Theatre sports are played all over the world, and teams from different
cities and troupes quite often meet in competition.
Theatresports is a registered trademark by Keith Johnstone
. A complete
overview can be found in his book Impro for Storytellers