top-rated free essay

Charles Rot S Macbeth Play Review

By jdawgfeffff Apr 19, 2015 843 Words
Charles Roy’s Macbeth Play Review

Mr. Blaik
Jack Flatley
Sunday, April 19, y

In the theatre production of ‘Macbeth”, directed by Charles Roy, we see a modernized version of the play, set in 20th century Syria, with a young but experienced cast. The contemporary take on Macbeth is fresh and original, but still holds true to the plays original values and themes. The cast was able to clearly illustrate the themes and characters, without watering down the play. The intense fight scenes and dynamic noises and special effects were able to keep the attention of easily distracted teenagers in the audience. Charles Roy definitely made some noticeable changes to the play, some I liked, and others I was not too crazy about.

The main change that this production of Macbeth has made is the fact that the play is modernized. Since this timeless Shakespearean tragedy was written in the 1600’s, some of the lines spoken directly contradicted what was on the set. For example when Banquo was killed in Act 3 Scene 3, The First Murderer said, “His horses go about.” (Line 13), while on set there were motorcycles. Knowing that the play was modernized this was an easy connection to make, but for some people, it could make for some confusion. Also, the play is set in Syria rather than Scotland, making the references to Ireland and England seem very outlandish, considering the distance from Ireland to Syria. Another difference is the fact that Duncan was killed on stage. This addition to the play is something I have mixed feelings about. It helped with the understanding of the play, but took away from imagining what happened and from the tension that comes along with imagining. Another major change from the book to play of Macbeth is the absence of “fair is foul,foul is fair”(Act 1 Scene 1). Since the supernatural is a substantial and meaningful theme in Macbeth, leaving out the base of the theme, really made it hard to follow the theme and underplayed the supernatural. Over all, I was not a fan of the changes to the play, as some took away from the understanding of the play, while others took away from the suspense and imagination. One thing I was a fan off were the special effects. The writing appearing on the walls helped connect scenes and characters to major themes through out the play, and also emphasized words or phrases that have to do with the characterization. When the word ambition appeared on the wall during Macbeth’s aside, which helped to connect the theme of ambition to Macbeth, as the aside is revealing his inner most thoughts. One thing I would have changed in this production was the set. It did not change at all for all of Act 1, even though the setting changes from the battle field to Duncan’s castle, and they relied mostly on special affects rather than objects. The set was basic, but the cast was able to work efficiently with, and that is a testament to their talents.

The casts ability to play multiple characters and to display a character’s personality and motifs was very impressive. Lauren Dobbie, who played Lady Macbeth, had a captivating performance. She made the character change from a ruthless and ambitious women to a women filled with guilt, who could not carry on knowing what she has done crystal clear and seamless. She worked with the props very efficiently, like using the bath tub to emphasize how her hands will never be clean, making it easy for the student audience to comprehend the major theme of guilt and its connection to Lady Macbeth. A change in speech was most noticeable in the witches. In some versions of Macbeth, the witches have a eerie, raspy voice, which helps the audience distinguish them as evil or supernatural, but in the play they spoke like the rest of the cast, which could have been misleading if you had heard dramatic recordings of the play. The porter scene was executed very well, and was perfect comic relief. The drunken, humorous mood of the porter got the audience re-engaged with the play and laughing, while reliving suspense from the murder of Duncan. This version of this scene was spot on to our groups analysis. It clearly got across the theme of equivocation and the symbol of the Macbeth’s castle as hell. Something interesting to note character wise is that Donalbaine is not found in the production.

Charles Roy’s take on Macbeth is original, has some downfalls but also has lots of positives. It compares well to a production of Macbeth I saw earlier this year, and proves that no matter where the play is set in, the major themes like ambition play a role in periods of time and places. I enjoyed the play for the most part, especially enjoyed the acting, and thought it was a perfect length and in a beautiful theatre. I definitely recommend seeing this classical theatre project of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Macbeth Play Review

    ...Macbeth Play Review In Lynne Parkers Macbeth she spends time making specific aspects to the play the best they can be. The three places in which this is shown are Macbeth himself, the witches and her extensive use of lighting and sound. When we entered the feature we saw a very irregular stage. The stage was split into two levels, a l...

    Read More
  • Play Macbeth

    ...Macbeth - Fair is Foul "Fair is foul and fouls is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air." The paradox "Fair is foul, and foul is fair," expresses some of the many themes of Macbeth. There are several different ways in which these words can be interpreted. The first time we hear the statement is in the opening scene when the witches say the ...

    Read More
  • Play Macbeth

    ...By the end of the play, although Lady Macbeth tries to sway us other wise the audience is convinced by the characters that in order to be masculine, you don’t have to be violent as such but show leadership and loyalty. This message is conveyed in Act 4, scene 3 when Ross reports to Macduff the death of his family. Malcolm, Duncan’s son, sugg...

    Read More
  • Macbeth and Play

    ...The famous play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, has greatly influenced past societies and continues to be an influence in today’s society. There is not only one great influence either, as there are many smaller ones that have affected society. Of these influences, Macbeth has had its greatest impact on the movie and literature industries. I...

    Read More
  • Macbeth

    ...Act 2, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Macbeth is one of the most violent and intense scenes of the play. This scene is essential to the plot because it produces and develops Macbeth’s character as well as showing the first signs of guilt. It also presents a powerful and different side of the duo, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth after the death of King Dunc...

    Read More
  • Macbeth Play

    ...macbeth How and why does Macbeth turn from war hero into evil murderer? William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright regarded as the greatest writer in English language. Shakespeare produced most of his work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories. Then he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608. Th...

    Read More
  • Play Macbeth

    ...At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a respected general, a devoted husband, and a loyal subject of the king. The first of the witches' prophecies bring out his ambitious nature, but he struggles with killing the king. By attacking his manhood, Lady Macbeth convinces him to committ the first of his evil deeds. Macbeth's evil deed causes him ...

    Read More
  • Play Macbeth

    ...The play Macbeth was written by WIlliam Shakespeare in the 1600's. The whole play revolves around the theme of power. The theme of power is shown through ambition, betrayal and revenge using the symbolisms of sleep and blood. William Shakespeare used the issue of ambition to portray power in Macbeth. Macbeth was driven by his ambition of gain...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.