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Setting - This play takes place on a stage. The play is set in the 1600's in the Scottish highlands. The stage is bare apart from a bench, a bucket, and a well; there is a backdrop of a castle at the rear of the stage.

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Introduction

Section C the stage directions, lighting and sound effects Setting This play takes place on a stage. The play is set in the 1600's in the Scottish highlands. The stage is bare apart from a bench, a bucket, and a well; there is a backdrop of a castle at the rear of the stage. The nature of this scene is one of evil, and to show this I will have the stage dark and shadowy the whole way through the scene with smoke gently billowing from beneath the stage to show the witches presence. A soft blue light falls onto the stage with a white spotlight on Lady Macbeth, the light turns green including the spotlight on Lady Macbeth as she starts to make her speech(this is to show that she looks pure and good but when she speaks she reveals her evil). Then after she says "what hath quenched them hath given me fire"(speaks slowly and cunningly) an owl shrieks a sharp shrill cry(which echoes all round the theatre with the surround sound)" twas the owl that shreaked the fatal bellman"she speaks these lines with excited anticipation in her voice. and the lights turn suddenly red (this signifies Duncan's death - I do not show the murder on stage as the audience may lose sympathy for Macbeth) ...read more.

Middle

Lady Macbeth: "the owls scream and the crickets cry" (at this time these things represented death) Lady Macbeth: did thou not speak? Macbeth: when? Lady Macbeth: now Macbeth: As I descended Lady Macbeth: Ay Macbeth: Hark! Who lies I' the second chamber Lady Macbeth: Donalbain ( There is no noise everything is silent except the voices of the actors, Macbeth speaks his lines quickly and panicky with nerves and tension he wears a worried frown, Lady Macbeth speaks with an excited nervousness) Macbeth: this is a sorry sight (angry, shouting, remorseful as he sees the blood he goes hysterical he realises in full for the first time what he has done and is truly sorry he regrets it deeply) Lady Macbeth: (calm, she speaks slowly her face wears an angry expression toward Macbeth, her voice slightly mocking) a foolish thought to say a sorry sight (here she regains her hard exterior and takes complete control of the situation) Macbeth is now slumped on the floor(he is distraught) he says his lines from "There's one did laugh in his sleep .......to chief nourisher in life's feast" in a husky, frightened and almost desperate voice" In these lines macbeth talks about sleep, only innocence is allowed to sleep "macbeth will sleep no more" for he is evil. ...read more.

Conclusion

(their hands are both red but his heart is white - symbolises purity, showing Macbeth's natural instincts are good). (The knocking starts again, the knocking is slow and very loud it sounds like a heart beating, I do this because these are Duncans men knocking. This is like the beating of duncans heart even though he is dead he lives on. Saying Macbeth will have to do more than kill him to get rid of him completely) Lady Macbeth: (spins around in sudden panic) "I hear knocking.......No more knocking" In these lines she once again mocks her husband "Your consistency hath left you unattended" she then dismisses the murder of Duncan "a little water clears us of this deed" Then Lady Macbeth regains her composure shown by the calmness and confident authority in her voice "get on your night gown.......be not lost so poorly in your thought." Macbeth now in complete hysteria tears streaming down his face (he cries) "wake Duncan with your knocking, I would thou couldst!" At this point Macbeth weakness is obvious and at this point I feel he would be ready to throw in the towel. Lady Macbeth exits, walking off confidently in a white spotlight, because she appears good and innocent. Macbeth crawls off, remorseful guilty and hysterical whereas Lady Macbeth is calm and confident and unfazed, Demonstrating her control. The lights go out and the theatre is left in darkness. ...read more.

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