Challenge yourself at Theatresports

Nicholas Kay (IV) shares his thoughts on the appeal of Theatresports and explains what is involved in this dynamic and creative activity.


I started Theatresports back in Form I. At the time, I had no idea what it was, and neither did any of the friends who came along with me.

So what is Theatresports? It’s essentially an improvised drama performance, where everything including the scene, characters, and plot is made up on the spot. The only thing that the performers know for sure is the game they are playing, which is essentially a scaffolding for what has to happen in the scene.

There are four rounds in a Theatresports competition. The first round is one minute games, in which only a single minute is allowed for the scene to take place. Next is round two games, which have only two minutes of time to play out the scene. Then there is an intermission, before the third round, an open scene, is played. An open scene is a three minute scene where there is no game. Basically the performers can choose whatever they want to happen. Finally, there is round four, which has three minute games, most of which involve music of some kind.

This year, I was lucky enough to be selected for the Intermediate Theatresports Team. Before we were thrust into lockdown, we visited St Andrew’s Cathedral School for the Intermediate Schools Competition. On the first night, we headed off for the heat. We were playing against Sydney Girls, and St Andrews. We played decently, but in all honesty we probably did not play as well as we could have. Surprisingly, all three teams made it through to the Semi-Final.

In the Semi-Finals, our points might have been a little lower than we would have liked, but all in all it was a wonderful experience.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 brought an end to the lunchtime rehearsals and many Form I and II boys did not get a chance to take part in Theatresports. Hopefully they will be able to participate next year.

I know some of the Form I boys might be apprehensive about trying a challenge as seemingly daunting as impromptu acting, but in truth, Theatresports gives you an excuse to play and mess around with your friends and pretend to be someone else for a while. I hope many of you try it out.