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Presenting Macbeth

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My Witches don�t actually look evil, only ragged and dirty. The audience would be able to see the evilness of the Witches as well as feel it in their actions. The three Witches are moving around the rock whilst describing the evil ingredients they are throwing in. They will speak quietly, but not necessarily evilly. The voices used should be enough to tell the audience that these people are not pure and good, but not the sort that need violence and chaos constantly Macbeth will be wearing his feudal colours when he finds the witches. Two of the witches will be wearing ragged clothing but it will be obvious to the audience that some of this clothing bears the colours of Macbeth, suggesting that these too were once loyal servants to him but due to Macbeth committing an evil act against them, or by an evil such as the one that is corrupting Macbeth now, they have turned. Two of my Witches will be men, enhancing the idea that they were maybe soldiers of Macbeth who were punished by their master and so have decided to oppose him. ...read more.


The audience should notice that the power of the Witches has caused Macbeth to focus all of his attention on a small child. After Macbeth has heard that 'none of woman born� can harm him Macbeth becomes happy as he thinks that he can defeat Macduff. He will turn away from the apparition towards the audience and smile and nod to himself. Finally the third apparition appears, a child wearing a crown and holding a twig. Perhaps this is to show that a child has the power of leadership (the crown - royalty) and nature (the twig). This Child will be about 10-11 years old and he will be wearing the royal colours of the old king Duncan. The audience will be aware of the colours of Duncan from earlier in the play but in this scene only the top half of the child�s body will be lit up and so it won�t be blatantly obvious as to what the child is wearing. These colours will show that the spirit of Duncan lives on in his sons who will eventually come to defeat Macbeth. Despite being a child this apparition will speak with the voice of a full-grown man, the voice of Macbeth, which will be provided by a pre-recording on a tape player. ...read more.


When the lights come back on they will be noticeably brighter due to the departure of the Witches. Macbeth will be shouting his lines about how the Witches have abandoned him when Lennox enters. Lennox will be accompanied by a man wearing the colours of Macbeth. He will, however be muddy and look tiered out. In his hand he will be carrying a large leather bag. This man will be the messenger that Lennox will inform Macbeth about. Macbeth will still have his dim spotlight on him but Lennox will have a bright light, his uniform/armour will be clean and shining, showing that Lennox has not fallen from grace as Macbeth so clearly has. Lennox will inform Macbeth of the flight of Macduff to England which will lead to Macbeth�s final soliloquy of this scene. During this Macbeth will speak of his plans to murder Macduff. He will pace around the front stage whilst Lennox walks towards the back of the stage to talk with the messenger. Macbeth should look flustered and angry, he should look as if he has lost all sanity and means of rational thought, showing the audience that in this one scene Macbeth has gone from a murderer to a madman. The spotlight will be put out permanently. There is no way back for Macbeth now Daniel Furby 11DV ...read more.

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