A detailed examination of Macbeth for senior secondary students.
Four actors explore the supernatural world of Macbeth as they investigate the play's inner workings. The actors examine Shakespeare's use of language and the way his characters reveal their actions, personalities and motivations through the text. Contemporary references bring Shakespeare's world into the twenty first century. The fundamental theatricality of Shakespeare is unmasked as are the many themes raised in Macbeth. These include loyalty, friendship, ambition and male/female relationships.
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.
- 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.
- 16 to 18, 18+
- teen, young adult
- Australian Script Centre