PLE – 10y1 – Home learning due Tuesday 1 July

(b) Using your understanding of the extract, explain how the following lines might be performed. (7)

[Knocking within. Enter a Porter]

Porter. Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell-gate, he should have old turning the key. [Knocking within] Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there, i’ the name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer, that hanged himself on the expectation of plenty: come in time; have napkins enow about you; here you’ll sweat for’t. [Knocking within] Knock, knock! Who’s there, in the other devil’s name? Faith, here’s an equivocator, that could swear in both the scales against either scale; who committed treason enough for God’s sake, yet could not equivocate to heaven: O, come in, equivocator.

You may consider the following in your answer:

  • actions
  • positioning
  • movement
  • voice
  • gesture
  • facial expression.



7 thoughts on “PLE – 10y1 – Home learning due Tuesday 1 July

  1. Tally

    I think the extract should be performed by the actor who is playing the porter should be able to vary his voice in volume pitch and speed. For example when he says knock knock he should shout it and his voice should have a higher pitched voice also every time he says it he should make it faster. This should happen because people find things funnier when they are faster and in a higher tone.
    I thing the positioning should be all over the place. Throw out the speech the actors position should never be stationary cause they are so posed to be drunk when they are speaking and when people are drunk they find it hard to stand still.
    The actors facial expressions should be able to change easily. When they are speaking they should be able to change there moods and you should be able to tell just by looking at there facial excretions.

    1. Jake

      Think you have done a very good job on this and to me I think you have a great understanding of the ways the could act you also now a good understanding of the story line as we’ll

      4/7 we’ll done.

  2. Eloise

    How this scene should be performed the actor he has do try to vary his voice while he’s speaking the lines. He would use big facial expressions and show they mean something. And the moment will be him walking or like almost slipped walking but not that fast, he will be swaying as he is a drunken mess.

    1. Mr Legowski Post author

      I like the way that you explained how he would be when he on the stage and how he would address his lines

      even better if you explained how he would deliver his lines and how he would say them

      band 2 mark3

  3. oisinsass98

    I think in this extract the actions in this would be very lively and moving about a lot the positioning would be running about a lot not staying in the same position for a second, they do use a lot lf repitition in this extract for example they use the word “knock” a lot of times I think there would be a lot lf strength in his voice almost like he’s trying to shout and he would be using facial expression just to show his emotion toward what he’s saying.

  4. kieran

    when the porter hears the knocks 3times he should stube out and when he says god sake he should look into the croud when he is saying his lines run about on stage and the most important lines should be said in the middle of the stage.

  5. sukirenbourn

    During this speech the actor should become more and more distraught and melodramatic. When he performs the lines ‘Knock, knock, knock!’ his facial expression and posture of disorientation should become more exaggerated and he should look around him quickly as if the insides of the castle were going to fall in, all of this jokingly. His positioning will vary greatly as he won’t be able to fully control his body and his actions in his drunken state. Every few lines he should laugh loudly as people in his state tend to laugh at everything, and if the porter is pretending to be the guarder of the gates of hell he’d find it hilarious- this would add a bitter irony as the porter is oblivious that duncan has just been murdered and under the same roof.


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