An exploration of Julius Caesar and Macbeth for secondary students.
This script focusses on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Macbeth. Four Actors wrestle with themes raised by both plays as they discover Shakespeare's world, language, characters and theatricality. The script looks at the dilemmas facing the central characters in both plays and how they go about resolving those dilemmas. It examines the consequences of the characters actions and how they affect the world of each play.
The Actors enter scenes to explore the playing of scenes and the inherent theatricality of both plays. They examine the language in detail and how delivery of the language informs the action and the characters. Issues such as cross casting are discussed as is the nature of the Elizabethan world.
This script was originally developed as part of a series, for Bell Shakespeare’s Actors At Work programme, performed between the years 2005 – 2011. Ned Manning would like to acknowledge the following people for their involvement and contribution to the development of these scripts: John Bell, Matt Edgerton (Director and dramaturg), Marion Potts (Director), John Sheedy (Director), Christopher Hurrell (Director), Naomi Edwards (Director), Damien Ryan (Director), Wayne Blair (Director), Sean O’Shea (Director) and the many actors who performed the plays around Australia.
- A contemporary examination of Shakespeare
- 45 minutes
- Flexible cast options for a classroom context: four students could play the designated actors with additional students playing the Shakespearean characters.
- 12 to 16, 16 to 18
- teen, young adult
- Australian Script Centre