Ekaterina Panikanova, Un Sicuro Rifugio, 2017 (detail)
How cool would that be to have a story that we are both a listener and narrator of. No, nothing like a story one tells to herself in solitude. Rather a story that belongs to you as well as to
others. A game that reminds once again that the story told is of ourselves.
Chain story is a verbal game for two or more players. Actually the name is almost self-explanatory. Let's describe how it exactly goes though.
The players sit in a circle. One of the players start telling a story. After one or two sentence she stops – which may well be in the middle of a sentence too. The next player picks up the
story from that point and continues for another few sentences. Stops. Another player continues. In this way the group of player-narrators gradually build up a story.
In one variation, players contribute only one word at a time. But this version is more challenging. So it might be a good idea to start with sentences first.
The game goes on until the ‘end’ of the story or otherwise as long as the players wish to continue the chain reaction.
When it is over, the story is recapped and might even be written down or recorded so that it can later be recalled and retold.