Counting Numbers Change variation 2017-08-16T19:45:51+00:00

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Practice pushing the limits of spontaneous response.

Although not the same game Numbers Change in the book. (pg. 407), Viola had us play this game several times. The aim is to enhance your impulse to respond instantly. I think also it gets everyone used to working at pace faster than the head can deal with, which makes making mistakes fun and part of the game.  (nothing you should bring up to players though as ‘a lesson’ lest you put the focus on accepting failure and not just having a really good time) A great warm-up and really fun.

EGOCENTRIC: Fear of no support from others or from the environment, mistaken self-protection.

— Viola Spolin


  1. Mary Ann Brandt July 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Gary,

    The Numbers Change game that Viola played at workshops in my time with her is not the one in the new edition of Improvisation for the Theater, nor is it the one you demonstrate here (which I like and will try with my groups). Rather check out Quick Numbers in Neva L.Boyd’s Handbook of Recreational Games on page 95. I think you’ll recognize it from workshops with Viola. She used to call out “Numbers change” whenever someone messed up, which is why I called the game Numbers Change myself for years.

    • Gary Schwartz July 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you Maryann. I’ll rename the game and get to do the one in the book soon, I hope. I’m glad you’re looking in on the site.

  2. Monika January 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU for posting it, it is a big fun! I made it with my group, and thanks for video because is easier to get the rules for not english speakers!

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