Observation Thursday

Observation is my number one method of finding play ideas. If you’re ever at a loss for coming up with something to write about, start logging observations. I write down observations on a daily basis and on Thursdays, I’m going to share one with you what I’ve seen and then you could do with it.

Observation Thursday


20 Rolling Chairs

Observation: A townhouse has 20 rolling chairs out in front of it. Why so many?

Date: Sunday June 1 2014

Comments: I was staying in Toronto for the weekend to teach. The walk from my friend’s place to the class was about 45 minutes. A great way to start the day. On my walk, I happened across this:


20 rolling chairs. Right in front of someone’s house. It’s one of those situations that combines something so ordinary – they’re just chairs after all – with something so out of place. Chairs are not supposed to be lined up like this. Outside.

And that’s not all. When I came back that night, the guy who owned the place with the rolling chair forest was blow drying one of the chairs. Blow drying  chair. You cannot make this stuff up.

What can you do:  Create the scenario. It doesn’t matter what the real reason 20 rolling chairs are on some guys front patio. What’s your reason? What’s your character’s reason? What’s at stake here? What needs to happen to these chairs and why? And why was the guy using a blow dryer on them?