“C” is for “CAD”

“It got to the point in the last few years that I played theatresports where we wouldn’t even make up our own personal list [of challenges or games].  We would totally wing it off the bench. I guess that was our philosophy—always trying to surprise your teammates, always putting yourself at risk.”

Dave Duncan quote in Kathleen Foreman and Clem Martini, Something Like a Drug. An Unauthorized Oral History of Theatresports. Alberta, Canada: Red Deer, 1995. p.45


CAD is an acronym that stands for three helpful forms of revelation in our scenic work. Each is considered in greater depth in an individual entry (and game) hyperlinked below. If you are looking to break routines, raise the stakes, or increase the heat in your onstage relationships, CAD is an excellent tool to add to your repertoire.

Three Forms of Revelations

1.) Confession. A character discloses a secret or personal information that is not already explicitly known by their scene partner. Learn more here about tips for crafting a dynamic confession.

2.) Accusation. A dynamic piece of information or backstory is endowed upon another character in the scene. Learn more here about some things to keep in mind when making (and receiving) an accusation.

3.) Discovery. Something unexpected or surprising in the environment is discovered that changes the given circumstances for the characters. Learn more here about how to get the most out of your discovery moments.

Final Thought

If your scenes routinely become stuck or predictable, or your onstage relationships struggle to deepen or evolve in helpful ways, exploring the gifts of a CAD can open up new vistas.

Related Entries: Accusation, Commandment #7, Confession, Discovery Antonyms: Balance, Platform, Routine Synonyms: Breaking Routines, Ignition, Revelation, Surprise

Cheers, David Charles.
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© 2021 David Charles/ImprovDr

Connected Game: CAD Bell

Published by improvdr

A professional improvisational practitioner with over thirty years experience devising, directing, performing, teaching and consulting on the craft of spontaneous (and scripted) theatre and performance.

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