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Directing Act 2 Scenes 1 And 2 Of William Shakespeare's Macbeth

2298 words - 9 pages

Directing Act 2 Scenes 1 and 2 of William Shakespeare's Macbeth

From the director's point of view, this scene is very dramatic because
of the impact on Macbeth's decision in Act 1 scene seven. In this
scene Macbeth almost decides that he has talked himself out of killing
the king, but his wife Lady Macbeth has other plans and forces him
into a decision that will lead to the death of the king. This affects
the two scenes I will be directing because in these two scenes the
decision is put into practice when Macbeth kills the king. So I have
to direct the two crucial scenes that see the king murdered by
Macbeth.

The setting for act two scene one is in Macbeths castle. It is dark
and Banquo and Fleance are in the courtyard discussing what time of
day it is, and as to whether it is past midnight or not. They work out
what time it is by seeing if the moon is down, and then the candles
are blown out. Now it is at this point large gusts of wind are heard
howling throughout the castle with thunder and lightning clashing down
around the audience. Owls are heard calling and all manner of
nightlife is heard. This effect is used so that the audience are made
intense and unaware as to what is happening next and to create
tension. The sounds would be achieved through sound effects being
played over the speakers and sharp, crisp lighting would be used to
symbolise the lightning. A background tune will be played very lightly
to create a mood so scary it will keep the audiences fixed to the
stage from the edges of their seats.

When Macbeth meets Banquo, Macbeth tells him that he is sorry for not
being as good a host as usual and Banqou reassures Macbeth that he has
been an excellent host to the king. Then he brings up the subject of
the witches. He says that he dreamed of the weird sisters the night
before, and tells Macbeth "To you they have showed some truth."
Macbeth replies, "I think not of them", which is a deliberate lie. It
is true that we haven't heard him mention the witches, but he has been
thinking of nothing except how to make the prophecies come true. If I
was the director I would introduce Macbeth by letting him enter from
right and to walk on quietly, sneakily in fact with only soft dull
lighting to imitate the moon light. He would be wearing a long black
smock to represent the fact he was upset or in regret that he was
about to commit a terrible deed. The black would be used because it is
traditionally the colour of the night and Macbeth had to blend into
the background and move like the night in order not to be spotted or
noticed.

Banquo would be wearing red pants and a silver lightweight vest
created out of steel with the imprinted cross of Scotland on the vest.
He would be wearing a polished steel helmet with a sword placed neatly
in its pouch, left hanging on the...

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