Essay/Letter To Director Suggesting Ways Act 2 Scene 2 Of Sheakspeare's Prose "Macbeth" Should Be Directed.

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I am writing to offer my congratulations on your recent appointment as director of Harcourt Theatre's production of The Scottish Play, the prose that I have come to regard as my finest because of its unique and strong characters. West End productions should be congratulated for appointing a highly talented and capable individual like yourself as director.Now on to business. I would like to draw your attention to the second scene in the second act of the play. Having watched numerous versions of the play directed by other directors, I felt that none of them have satisfactorily portrayed the scene and conveyed its deeper message to the viewer in the way that I have pictured whilst writing it. Therefore I mean to give you some helpful suggestions.The scene opens with Macbeth being forced into a state of lethargy due to his murder of King Duncan and is completely unaware of his surroundings. Therefore as Lady Macbeth enters, you might want to instruct you actor to enter from upstage right and move to the center of the stage, where Macbeth is stood with his back turned to her with an empty soulless look in his eyes in order to obscure her from Macbeth's vision. He could appear shaken and unaware of the entrance of Lady Macbeth and as you are probably aware of, Macbeth's morals have been put to sleep due to him murdering God's messenger or representative on earth. He is in the process of realizing the enormity of the crime that he has committed so he is not in a right state of mind. Lady Macbeth should look completely nonplussed and oblivious to this fact and should attempt to sooth her husband's worries. Macbeth hunched down with his knees on the floor as Lady Macbeth enters with her head held up high and a wiry posture could depict this vast contrast of personalities.Lighting combined with positioning would be a good way of depicting the contrast between characters play a large part in portraying the contrast between the attitudes and personalities of the two characters in the scene. Macbeth's response to the murder is one of guilt and instantly regrets doing the deed, whereas Lady Macbeth responds by formulating ways of covering up the action and forcefully trying to forget it. To show this contrast, Lady Macbeth could move to one side of the stage, Macbeth to the other. Lighting in the side where Lady Macbeth is stood could be slightly brighter than the other to show that realization has dawned on Macbeth on what he has done and the darker shade of lighting could depict his mood. The brighter lighting on Lady Macbeth's side of the stage could portray to the audience Lady Macbeth's positive outlook on the crime.In addition to lighting, costumes can be used to portray characters' personalities. I suggest that Lady Macbeth be clad in black robes to reveal her dark and devious nature as black is a classis symbol for death, darkness, spite and malice, all of which are represented by her character. Macbeth on the other hand clothed in blood a red shirt,...

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