Mr Dettman – 10En2 – Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1 – Past Paper Question (Performance)

Due: Wednesday, 28th January

To get the full 7 marks, you need at least 3 paragraphs, supported by quotes.  If you’re struggling, use the P.E.E. Paragraph response structure.

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

You may consider the following in your answer:
• actions
• positioning
• movement
• voice
• gesture
• facial expression.

Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1

SCENE I. A desolate place.

Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches

First Witch

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Second Witch

When the hurlyburly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

Third Witch

That will be ere the set of sun.

First Witch

Where the place?

Second Witch

Upon the heath.

Third Witch

There to meet with Macbeth.

First Witch

I come, Graymalkin!

Second Witch

Paddock calls.

Third Witch

Anon.

ALL

Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.

Exeunt

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7 thoughts on “Mr Dettman – 10En2 – Macbeth Act 1 Scene 1 – Past Paper Question (Performance)

  1. mrdettman Post author

    Posted on behalf of Luke:

    The witches in Macbeth are evil to king James because they do not like him and king James likes what they make.

    Quote of what the witches say is… “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning or rain, when the hurly burly’s done when the battle is lost and won, that will be ere the set of the sun, where the place upon the Heath, there to meet Macbeth, I come graymalkin,paddock calls,Anon,fair is foul,and foul is fair,hover through the fog and filthy air”.

    This is a quote about that they want a battle between king James and them selfs because they want him dead and they want to win the battle against him. The structure of the story is fairly squashed together because there is a lot of writing to fit in the pages of the book.

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  2. Josh Hobson

    King James hats witches because of what they stand for (witchery) and because they hate what king James does to their kind in the play macbeth.

    Quote of what the witches say is… “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning or rain, when the hurly burly’s done when the battle is lost and won, that will be ere the set of the sun, where the place upon the Heath, there to meet Macbeth, I come graymalkin,paddock calls,Anon,fair is foul,and foul is fair,hover through the fog and filthy air”.

    they are saying shall we meet because they want to see macbeth go to the throne and not king James but the divine right of kings comes into this because it means that god chooses who should be king and in this situation king James is the king and has the divine right of kings.

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  3. Clark Baker

    I think the three witches should be in the foreground of the stage because this scene is only about the witches and their first impression on the viewers. It is also important that they should make very a very dirty impression to underline the general impression of them in the time the play was written. They could to this with a very dirty walk and a very dirty and disgusting voice.
    They could also highlight the picture of witches with their actions. For example they could do scary things with bones or other human remains.
    Their facial expression and their gesture should be very mean and scary cause that would give the viewers again the impression of vulgarity and disgust.

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  4. Joshua HOBSON

    ?Hello Mr Dettman

    I have been reading Joshua’s blog today and he assures me that the work he has produced is good enough. Could you please confirm this is the case. I have read the question and don’t think He has answered the question at all.

    Regards

    Rev Paul M Hobson

    ________________________________

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    1. mrdettman Post author

      Hi Rev Hobson,

      Thanks for your response – it’s great that you’re supporting Josh, and pushing him to perform to his best, indeed what he’s capable of; this is similar feedback I’ve given to Josh on previous Home Learnings and in class, but he doesn’t always act on it.

      I agree. Josh should look for 3 structured paragraphs. He should start each by picking a quote, and discussing how it might be acted out, focusing on one or more performance techniques above. He should finish each paragraph by stating WHY they may be acting like this (e.g. because of the general perception held by the public, and the King, at the time.)

      I’d appreciate it if you could encourage Josh to try the question again; I’ll give him a Praise Point if he can manage this.

      Thanks again for the correspondence. Please feel free to ask similar questions at any time.

      Kurt Dettman

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  5. Harry Cheong

    I think the three witches give me the first impression is they are so dirty and their disgusting voice, and they will use some disgusting things for the witchery, for example: A human finger, some bones or maybe a human hand.
    They could to this with a very stupid walk and disgusting voice, and they will do some dirty stupid, so I think they are mentally retarded.
    Their facial expression and their gesture should be very mean and scary cause that would give the viewers again the impression of vulgarity and disgust.

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  6. mrdettman Post author

    Luke Harding

    The witches in Macbeth are evil to king James because they do not like him and king James likes what they make.

    Quote of what the witches say is… “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning or rain, when the hurly burly’s done when the battle is lost and won, that will be ere the set of the sun, where the place upon the Heath, there to meet Macbeth, I come graymalkin,paddock calls,Anon,fair is foul,and foul is fair,hover through the fog and filthy air”.

    This is a quote about that they want a battle between king James and them selfs because they want him dead and they want to win the battle against him. The structure of the story is fairly squashed together because there is a lot of writing to fit in the pages of the book.

    Reply

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