On Thursday 17 July we will enjoy dramatic performances of key scenes from Macbeth performed by you! I have booked out the hall for this, we will have the use of the stage and, in short, it’s going to be done right!
Choose which scene you want to do from the list below, choose your fellow Shakespearean actors and start practising. You will not have access to the script on the day so you have a fortnight (just about) to learn your lines, making sure you understand them, and practise how your chosen scene should be performed (think about starting positions, movement, proxemics, actions, use of voice and so on). You may, of course, bring in costumes and props to enhance your (group’s) performance.
- (Act 1, scene 3: lines 1 – 86) Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches on the heath; Macbeth is told he will be king. Five actors required.
- (Act 1, scene 5: lines 1 – 28) Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth’s letter in which he tells her of the witches and their prophecy. One actor required.
- (Act 1, scene 7: lines 1 – 29) Macbeth agonises over whether to kill Duncan or not. One actor required.
- (Act 2, scene 1: lines 33 – 64) Is this a dagger which I see before me… One actor required.
- (Act 2, scene 2: lines 1 – end) King Duncan is murdered in his sleep. Two actors required.
- (Act 3, scene 4: lines 32 – 88) Banquo’s ghost appears at Macbeth’s banquet. Four actors required.
- (Act 4, scene 1: lines 46 – 134) The witches show Macbeth apparitions that convince him that he cannot be harmed. Four (or seven) actors required.
- (Act 5, scene 1: lines 1 – end) Out, damned spot! Lady Macbeth walks and talks in her sleep, driven mad by her guilt. Three actors required.
- (Act 5, scene 5: lines 7 – 27) Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow… His wife’s death sets Macbeth brooding on life’s futility. Two actors required (though one is a very minor role).
We will use the double lesson on Tuesday 15 July for rehearsing the scenes in the hall so bring your script (or don’t, if you don’t need it by then!) , props and a huge enthusiasm to take part and have fun!