There are some questions or phrases that could be useful for a joker to have in mind. It is important to think of the way one asks a question and what wording is used. Every question should invite an answer and aim at keeping a flow in the play. The joker should avoid making any analysis, leaving this to the spect-actors.
Some possible questions:
Discuss in pairs or as a group
- What did you just see?
- How would you describe the situation to someone who has not seen the play?
- Is this a realistic dilemma?
- Which of the characters do you identify with?
- Which character is facing the problem?
After trying out solutions or having stopped:
- Did you try out what you wanted?
- What do you think this character is thinking right now?
- Is this a realistic solution?
- If you were the editor of a newspaper, what headline would you give the play?
- Is everyone ready to move on?
Advice on the actors and spect-actors:
When a participant takes a role, he or she can change the character’s characteristic – how s/he does or says things – but not his/her motivation as a character.
Ask the actors:
- For which of the characters do you need help?
- For what do you need help?
- How did that make you feel? (After trying a suggestion)
How to tackle different kind of participants:
- The ambitious: Stay calm and objective. Get the group to oppose their statements.
- The positive: Drag them into further discussion
- The Know-it-all: Let the group reflect upon their statements
- The talkative: Interrupt them tactfully, sum up what they said, and prompt the group to move onto other significant areas.
- The reluctant: Ask simple questions
- The dismissive: Acknowledge their experiences and knowledge.
- The uninterested: Ask about their work/education. Use examples that match their interest.
- The inquiring: Let the other in the group answer their questions.