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Image that you are directing an actor playing the part of Macbeth in act 2 scene 1. Give a close analysis of the scene and staging directions on how the actor can bring the scene alive. You can also comment on staging, lighting and costume.

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KS3 Coursework Essay - Macbeth Task: Image that you are directing an actor playing the part of Macbeth in act 2 scene 1. Give a close analysis of the scene and staging directions on how the actor can bring the scene alive. You can also comment on staging, lighting and costume. Scene/Props For this scene most of the acting should take place on a dark stage, it should be quiet and around the stage should be some darker corners in which parts of Macbeths soliloquy should take place. Costumes All of the actors should be dressed in their best outfits, the style of the clothing should be from the time of the original Macbeth. The servant though, should be dressed up in older, slightly worn clothes and should overall look a lot scruffier than the other actors. Lighting Throughout the scene a light (not very bright) should be shining on the actor who is speaking and for the people not speaking you will be able to see them because a dim light will be shining during the whole scene. Scene Overview During this scene we know to begin with Macbeth meet's Banquo and Fleance, they discuss why both are out so late and talk about the Witch's and the Prophecies they have made, following this they leave then the servant exit's, it is now Macbeth notices the knife and his soliloquy takes place. ...read more.

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Just before Banquo and Fleance leave Macbeth says "Thanks sir, the like to you" he should pat Banquo on the shoulder and mess Fleance's hair, he should then escort them off the stage down the stairs and walk up to the slave, when he says "go bid thy mistress, when my drink is ready, She strike upon the bell. Get thee to bed." He should sound sympathetic but also like he is really trying to get rid of the slave, he should hurry the slave off the stage and then walk to the left corner of the stage. This is when his soliloquy starts so the actor should show how Macbeth has changed. I will be giving the stage directions for Macbeth's soliloquy up to line 49 on act 2 scene 1. First of all Macbeth says "Is this a dagger which I see before me" he shouldn't sound very confused or as if something is wrong with him, he should sound as if he is normally speaking and as if he is fine, it's sooner on in the soliloquy he should start to "lose it". When Macbeth says "The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee." He should be trying to grab the imaginary dagger but fail since it isn't there so he should quickly try the clench it but miss ...read more.

Conclusion

other senses, Or else worth all the rest; I see thee still" he should speak quicker and louder and hold the dagger in front of his face looking at himself in the reflection. After this Macbeth says "And on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood, Which was not so before. There's no such thing" he should be looking at the blade of the dagger, looking at every single place on it and his voice should lower slightly and he should be speaking more subtle but with an essence of confusion aswell, now the actor playing Macbeth when saying "It is the bloody business which informs Thus to mine eyes" he should start by rubbing his eyes vigorously, following this he should be looking around and show his state of mind isn't stable and he is on the edge, the actor should speak a lot quieter and slower and let the audience know what has happened. During the whole scene and the rest of the soliloquy the actor playing the role of Macbeth should realise what it would be like been in Macbeth's shoes and how they would feel, they would get a better understanding of the play and realise what needs to be changed, the actor should show the audience his emotions clearly and during the production should look at the audience regularly. ...read more.

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