verbal fight club

verbal fight club

A space to respectfully battle out complex ideas and opinions in a format that allows everyone to find their voice. 

Verbal Fight Club creates a public arena for participants to test out their own level of endurance and conviction on current issues of great (or little) importance. In the spirit of debate club and bar-room conversations, we combine these to create an atmosphere dedicated to respectfully battling out madlibs style all manner of topic areas. 


the game mechanics

Everyone completes a ‘battle card’ with a simple question, topic or statement. The cards go into a barrel (or a hat or jar) and the adjudicator preps everyone for the battles by explaining the “respectful interjections” that audience members can employ. For example, one hand motion signals “boring, wrap it up!” and another communicates “I’ve got something to add”. Once everyone has proven that they know how to use these super important hand motions, the adjudicator draws a card at random, which is then battled out by two people on stage, and the battels begin. 

Example of Verbal Fight Club respectful interjection hand rules

Example of Verbal Fight Club respectful interjection hand rules

The was ridiculously fun - I had no idea what it was going to be like and was sure I was not going to get up, but I ended up on stage and loved it
— Casandra, VFC participant
 

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