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Bomb and shield

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Aims: Theatrical games serve to heighten our senses and de-mechanize the body, to get us out of habitual behavior, as a prelude to moving beyond habitual thinking and interacting

Description of the tool

Have in mind one person from this room (silent, don’t say who is that). Then have in mind another one. Now, the first person is your bomb, the second is your shield. On my sign, you all should start to run away from your bomb, and hiding behind your shield. When I shout “STOP”, you should stop. To survive, it must be line between you and your bomb, and your shield in between. We’ll see who is very dead, who almost and who is alive. OK, start.


  • We did the same Energiser in SALTO TC Inclusion Through Sports 2004. We call it \"Dragon and Shield\".
    We try to avoid games with \"bombs\", \"mines\", ect., because participants who experienced war or terrorists attacks are really sensitive to it.
    This small and funny Energiser can have a deeper meening. For example, you can reflect on who was your \"Dragon\" and who was your \"Shield\", and why. Nice way to start with the personal feedback.

    Zilvinas Gailius , 10 July 2004 12:00:21
  • boal is often a must read for trainers. it is one of the rare outside-youth-work resources that makes one think that there must be more out there. it also reminds us that method to simulation/role-playing is often something that we are not very resourceful about. However about this exercise in particular, i have to disagree with zilvinas about his/her comments on debriefing. Asking participants for such a feedback as their selective socialisation may rebound, because this is not a role-playing activity. you cannot derole participants because they are not acting, rules are clear -select someone as a bomb/dragon. it is very rare when we have a simulations where pariticipants do not face up to their own prejudices but learn something about how prejudices are socially constructed. But we as trainers should have these two categories separetely and design our debriefing accourdingly.

    Unknown , 16 July 2006 22:50:29

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Tool overview

This tool is for

15 - 30 people

and addresses


Materials needed:

Space to run around


5 min

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Marija Farmer (on 14 September 2003)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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