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Macbeth - Directing Act 1, Scenes 1 and 2.

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Macbeth - Directing Act 1, Scenes 1 and 2 At the end of act 1 Macbeth has decided to kill Duncan. In Act 1 scene 1 Banquo is telling Macbeth how much Duncan admires him and how he likes him. Macbeth then lies to Banquo when he asks about the witches. Banquo doesn't want to be involved with the killing of Duncan. Macbeth then sees a dagger in front of him guiding him towards Duncan's room. Macbeth starts to regret the killing at the start of Scene 2. Lady Macbeth won't listen to him and she takes the daggers to go and put the blame on someone else. At the start of Act 2 I would like the weather to be bleak and foggy so that Birnam wood can be seen through the fog in the distance. There wouldn't really be any noises, maybe a bird, or a servant makes a noise while taking a tray past, something that makes Macbeth look up for a distraction. When Macbeth meets Banquo he strolls up to him with all his king's robes on whilst Banquo is dressed in common clothes to show the difference in their status. Whilst Macbeth is talking the slightest sound would make him look up. When Banquo mentions the diamond, 'This diamond he greets your wife withal', I would have Banquo carefully slipping it out of his pocket with both hands. The diamond would be in a small pouch and Banquo then takes it out of the pouch to show Macbeth. ...read more.


After the bell rings his voice quietens as he speaks to the sleeping Duncan ' Hear it not, Duncan, for it is a knell // That summons thee to heaven or to hell'. I would then have a curtain down between the Scenes and have some struggling and a then a final thud where the King finally hits the floor. After he has killed the king he is overcome with so much adrenaline that he becomes confident. He has now killed and because he has killed, he is a man and is now King of Scotland and has all that he wanted. Lady Macbeth is already on this stage talking to herself, 'What hath made them drunk, hath made me bold; // What hath quenched them, hath given me fire'. She is talking but slurring her words as she has had too much to drink. When Macbeth comes on stage she hears someone and hides behind the bottle of alcohol she is holding. She cowers on the side of the stage. When Macbeth first comes onto the stage he should be in the shadows at the top of flight of stairs, with only the daggers glistening in the light. I would use a spotlight to focus on Macbeth so that the daggers reflect the light again, this would allow the audience to see them better. The audience would then see the blood on the daggers and then the blood on Macbeth's hands. I would also use make-up on his clothes so there are smears of blood on them. ...read more.


He would have his hands in a basin of water on the side of the stage and he would be scrubbing his hands with his nails to get the blood off his hand. Then Lady Macbeth would come over and although she wants the blood off her hands, she says, 'My hands are of your colour, but I shame // To wear a heart so white'. She is saying that Macbeth is feeling too much guilt and that she can control her feelings for the dead King. She would then walk over to him and put her own hands in the bowl. She then turns around with confusion on her face because she doesn't know what to do as the knocking continues. She then realises what she must do and starts to command Macbeth as a child again, 'Get on your night-gown'. At the end of the scene Macbeth shows the audience that he's feeling guilty, Wake Duncan with thy knocking. I would thou couldst'. He would have his hands to his face showing that he is grieving over the death. He would be standing away from his wife now with a dreamy look in his eyes because he knows what he has done is impossible to un-do. Although Macbeth is feeling guilty at the end of this scene the next scene proves that he's over the murder when he performs the murder of Duncan's guards. Afterwards Macbeth doesn't seem to feel guilt any more and then gets is final punishment at the end of the play. Jennifer Brotherton 11.9 ...read more.

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