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Drama Performed to Others - 'Macbeth'

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DRAMA PERFORMED TO OTHERS Our drama group was given the task of introducing a year nine class to the play 'Macbeth'. Apart from the obvious, there were five themes in the play that the group as a whole thought needed exploring: insanity; good versus bad; the supernatural; guilty conscience; and murder. We looked into each of these topics individually and decided on how we could include them in our final performance, in each lesson we learned more and more about both 'Macbeth' and the skills needed to teach a younger year group the basics of the play. We decided that the first thing that needed to be learned was the creation of atmosphere on stage. We did this by lowering the lights, putting just a candle in the centre of the room, and playing the sound effect of rain and howling gales. We each had to find one word that summed up the 'feeling' in the room. The key words that came up were remembered throughout our development of the piece of drama and we tried to capture these feelings on stage. ...read more.


This worked well because it was a way in which all of Macbeth's friends and associates could come together and celebrate the opening of his new night-club. One thing that we found difficult was finding a part for everyone to play and not make it look as if we had packed everyone on stage just so that we could all be in it. Eventually, we sorted the problem out with some people working at the club, some there for the free drink, some people family of the Macbeths, and some people playing friends or colleagues of Macbeth. I played a character that wasn't in Shakespeare's play, Lady Macbeth's father. My motive for being there was to protect my daughter and make sure Macbeth was treating her well. All of the characters had to come up with a motive, or reason, for being on stage. Each person kept this in mind for our final performance and it helped us to stay in character throughout the piece and to create characters in the first instance. ...read more.


He was obviously unable to deal with them but the way in which his wife calmed him down, got him a drink and ordered that the party carried on showed how strong her character was. Our group took the decision not to actually have a person playing the role of Banquo's ghost, the whole idea of the ghost was completely in Macbeth's head, which highlighted his mental decline. Our use of lighting in the performance was thought out carefully, even before our characterisation was under way. For the bulk of the party, there was a general spread of light over the whole stage area. Whenever Macbeth saw the ghost and had a fit, there was a sudden change of lighting to a strong red colour - concentrating on Macbeth. This colour of red not only represented the blood that Macbeth had spilled, but also the emotion that he was feeling inside is head - anger. The purpose of our performance was to introduce year nine to the play 'Macbeth'. By adapting it and adding our own meaning with the target audience in mind we succeeded in introducing the play to the year nines, with the focus on the banquet scene. ...read more.

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