DRAMA CLUB SCRIPT. Term: Summer 2014 Day: Tuesday Age group: Title: Macbeth

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DRAMA CLUB SCRIPT

Term: Summer 2014

Day: Tuesday

Age group: 8-10

Title: Macbeth

All: When shall we three meet again, in thunder lightning or in rain All: When the Hurley burley’s don, when the battles lost and won All: That will be ere the set of sun,

Er: Where the place

All: Upon the heath, There to meet with MACBETH!

Cannon: Fair is foul and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air (NOISE) Be: What is this place?

A: I am not sure my friend but it has a strange air about it. Let’s rest here. Be: You fought well today my friend

A: Nonsense I have never seen anyone as brave as you in battle Banquo E: A drum a drum Macbeth doth come

Be: I feel like we are being watched

A: Me too, hold on a minute (Scream), What are these creatures Be: They look like women, but they can’t be because they have beards A: Creatures speak if you can, what are you?

Witches: Hail Macbeth, hail to thee C: Thane of Glarms

Witches: Hail Macbeth, hail to thee R: Thane of Cordor

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J: That shalt be king thereafter A: What is this you speak, it can’t be

Be: Why do you look so shocked, they say you’re will be king. What of my future hags! Bi: Your sons will be kings but not you.

Be: (shrug) eh, good enough. (Witches retreat)

(Servants of the castle, hand over right ear leaning towards R) L: Meanwhile in Macbeths castle

R: Oh I do hope I hear from my husband soon.

C: Hem, hem, Lady Macbeth a letter from your husband.

R: He says he has earned a great respect, (cross stage) He also said he met some witches. All: Witches? Nah!

R: (Cross stage) and they said he is going to be king. All: King? Nah!

C: Lady Macbeth the king is coming here tonight

R: GASP King Duncan, I have to clean the place. (clap clap, all step forward and start cleaning) J: Excuse me

Cannon: Welcome home my Lord

J: I have returned, why are all the servants frantically cleaning

R: I’m glad you asked, but first tell me how you come to be Thane of Glarms and Cordor J: I could tell you but we have to be alone, leave us.

(All bow, back of stage)

J: I met some strange creatures who told me I would be king

R: But how is it possible the king still lives and he is coming here tonight J: We must make him feel welcome and we will discuss this later tonight. (ALL Trumpet)

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Bi: I do wish they wouldn’t do that, everywhere I go trumpets, trumpets, trumpets. R: It is a pleasure to have you at our house, King Duncan

Bi: The pleasure is all mine, I had to see the new Thane of Cordor J: You are too kind

Bi: Nonsense the other one was a traitor and lost his head. That reminds me what are we having for dinner?

(Table)

Bi: Thank you all, for making me feel so welcome, let’s eat. (Eat) This is delicious! (Freeze) R: Can I speak with you a moment my love

A: Please excuse me King Duncan. So, what’s the plan

R: I’m going to get the king drunk, and later on when he has returned to his room, you will creep in and kill him.

A: Oh I don’t know if I can. R: (Slap) Pull yourself together.

A: I don’t know if I can be the man you want me to be. R: Of course you can and you will.

A: But what if we fail. R: Then we fail. (All sleep)

Er: Why are you not in bed my son? C: The sky’s awake so I’m awake

Er: You know it is nearly midnight and you should be in bed. Who’s there? A: A friend, Banquo, a friend

Er: Macbeth? I thought you had gone to bed. We are just on our way now. This is my son Fleonce C: Is this Macbeth the great soldier you told me about?

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Er: The very one now off to bed you go. I had a dream last night about those witches we met in the forest.

A: What a horrible dream that must’ve been

Er: But I can’t help thinking about it. Is what they say true? A: Wipe it from your mind; it is not worth thinking about Er: Thank you sir.

DAGGER SCENE

(All one slow step forward, rub eyes)

All: Is this a dagger I see before me? The handle towards my hand? Come let me clutch thee. (Swipe, swipe, hold.)

C: Art thou a dagger of the mind? Be: A false creation?

El: The cause of a heat oppressed brain? (Three onto knees, pray) A: My eyes are made the fools of the other senses.

L: There is no such thing!

R: It is the bloody business. (Three onto knees, pray) Er: I go and it is done, the bell invites me

J: hear it not Duncan for it is a knell

Bi: That summons thee to heaven, or to hell. (Three onto knees, pray) (Pull dagger, stand, turn, three steps, stab)

Er: GASP King Duncan’s dead! Be: Murder, murder!

(All sit. L is worried)

L: What is keeping my husband? Duncan’s death should be quick. The potion that I gave the guards won’t last long.

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L: Why do you still have these weapons? The blood is still fresh on your hands. Bi: Did you hear anything?

L: When?

Bi: As I came back were there any screams? L: No the house is still sleeping

Bi: (SIGH) This is a sorry sight.

L: I will go and plant these on the sleeping guards. (Plant) Now my hands look like yours. (All knock)

Bi: What is that distant knocking? Quick to our beds we must go. (L and Bi exit)

C: Good morrow Macduff

Be: Good morrow Lennox, Why have you been in bed so late, did you drink too much last night? C: I think we all overdid it last night the King’s not even awake yet? (Laugh)

Be: Ah our master must be stirring, here he comes. C: Our knocking awoke him.

J: Good morrow to you both. Be: Is the king awake yet? J: Er, er, er not yet.

Be: I Must speak with him it is of great importance J: (arm round) How about I tell you when he is awake. Be: But it is not your job to do so.

C: What are you the kings hand maiden (Laugh)

J: (Extra laugh) Hand maiden, that’s a good one. (Serious) I’ll tell you when he is awake. EXIT

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Bi: MURDER TREASON RING THE ALARM (Run to a point and ring the alarm) Er: Banquo, Donalblain, Malcolm awake!

A: Shake off your downy sleep. Death has come to this house. R: Ring the bell, ring the bell (Pull the bell)

BELL NOISE (Split into two sides facing one another, shout at one another, R and El come out and everyone freezes)

El: I don’t like this at all someone has murdered our father R: I don’t think we are safe here Malcolm

El: You are absolutely right. You go to England and I’ll go to Ireland. R: Good luck my brother (Exit opposite)

MACBETH HIRES MUDERERS C/Er SL practicing swordfighting

A: (SR) No one must suspect my guilt, the only person between me and the throne is Banquo. (All creep to Alex as evil murderer)

L: You called for us sir.

A: I have a job for you, you know Banquo All: Yes my lord

A: I want you to kill him and his son All: We shall my lord (creep to SL)

Er: That’s right son, keep your arm up, we’ll make a soldier of you yet. (C charges at left, hides behind)

Er: Run Fleonce, run as fast you can and don’t stop. (C EXITS, All circle around Er)

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(Er drops, arms over the top of her, move away Er is dead, move away to the corners) MOVE TO TABLE POSITIONS

All: Cheers!

Bi: How glad I am that you are all able to attend my feast. Eat well until your stomachs are full my friends

(Er comes in, face Macbeth and point) Bi: Banquo it can’t be

C: What are you saying, there is nobody there Bi: Of course there is no one there

(Er walks around to the middle and points) Bi: Get out, get out of my house spirit! (Look at one another)

Bi: Everyone leave the feast is over. (Everyone complain)

Bi: OUT! WITCHES

All: Round and round the cauldron go, in the poisoned entrails throw (Hands up, Laugh)

GET CAULDRON All: (frog) Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Be: How now you secret black and midnight hags. C: Ah Macbeth we’ve been expecting you

Be: I need some more advice from you creatures Witches: ooh advice from us, (cannon) speak, demand J: Would you rather hear it from us, or our masters? Be: Call them. Let me see them.

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(Up surround cauldron, all down, Billy up) Bi: Beware the Thane of Fife

(Up surround cauldron, step right, all down, Ellie up) El: Beware of man not born of woman.

(Up surround cauldron, step right, all down, Rachel up) R: Beware when Birnham wood comes to Dunsinane Hill

Be: (To aud, witches vanish) Well that’s ridiculous woods can’t move, where have they gone. Mh I have all the information I need.

LADY MACBETH

El: Why won’t it come off, come off. (rub hands on floor, rub hands) come off. Out, Out. ALL: (examine El as doctors in a line at the back)

Er: I have watched this woman for two nights now. Be: When was the last time she walked?

L: (hands together) She has risen from her bed and put on her nightgown, then she takes a piece of paper and folds it.

J: And what happens then?

PAPER L: She doesn’t write upon it. She just seals it and puts it back.

R: Has she done any sleepwalking at all? L: Not to my knowledge doctor.

A: (Hand out) Here she comes, she looks fast asleep.

El: (Walks across stage, kneel down and rub hands) Out, out damn spot. Out I say! C: What is she saying?

Bi: Let’s watch her some more.

El: Will these hands ever be clean? Here’s the smell of blood! All the perfumes of Arabia cannot sweeten this hand. To bed I go.

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All: Mmm yes, mmm yes.

BRANCHES Macbeth pacing

R: My Lord (Be jumps)

Be: Why have you got that goose faced look? R: Sir there are 10,000 …

Be: GEESE! Villian? R: No sir, soliders. Be: What soldiers? R: The English force sir

Be: Go and take thy goose-face to your position. I will not be afraid. I will defeat any enemy for the honour of my wife. (Move close behind tree branches)

Er: (Be falls down, all move to the sides) Turn hell hound.

Be: Do what you will Macduff for I cannot be harmed by any man born of a woman.

Er: Ah-HAH Then you will not feel my sword. (lunge forward, Macbeth dies) Now men fight for me your new king. Fight for honour, fight for Scotland.

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