Cadavre Exquis, or Exquisite Corpse in English, is a collaborative game invented by surrealists. It consists in creating a sentence or a drawing, taking it in turns to add parts to the drawing or words to the sentence. But there’s the rub – you can’t see what the person before has drawn or written.

To help you, you are given the sequence of words you are expecting to produce: Noun, adjective, verb, etc. The game is named after one of the sentences produced by its creators:

« Le cadavre – exquis – boira – le vin – nouveau » The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine

By Sailko (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons 

And this is an example of a drawing one by André Breton, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy and Max Morise

Students learning French with Alliance Française de Bristol have been creating their own, here are a few examples from Audrey’s class:

Un chat vert a mangé une fleur retrécie

La voiture ennuyeuse a couru à la mer épuisée

Le canard fatigué conduit des arbres somptueux

Don’t forget that on Tuesday it is our French drama show at the Hen and Chicken. Come and watch our interactive show called La boule ensanglantée, £2 on the door. Everyone welcome!

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