Macbeth Act One Scene 1

Here we go 6C – some super scripts so I’ve taken the best bits from all of them – the bulk of this is from Simran’s trio, with bits from Amara’s group and Amoy’s.  Well done everyone. 

Casting announcement tomorrow…. 

SCENE 1 

A storm,  lightning flashes across the moor as three witches gather near their bubbling cauldron, casting spells.

 (The three witches curled up in a ball)

Witch 1: When shall we meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

Witch 2: When the evil mischief’s done, when the battle’s lost and won.

Witch 3: That’s when we shall meet with brave Macbeth.

All: Thrice to thine and thrice to mine, and thrice again to make up nine. PEACE, the charm’s wound up.

(A drum sounds in the distance)

Witch 1: Listen, a drum, a drum, Macbeth doth come.

(Witches disappear into the landscape)

(Heavy wind. Wind howling. Strange noises)

Narrator 1: After a war with Norway, Macbeth and Banquo left the battlefield  in glory to walk to Macbeth’s Scottish castle, but along the way they met three weird sisters in an abandoned forest.

Macbeth: That was a great battle, we won! (Banquo and Macbeth laughing)

Banquo: Thank you for letting me hold on to thy shoulders, my injury has made me weak.

(Witches cackle and weird noises sound)

Macbeth: (looking around) What was that?

Witches emerge together chanting

Witches together: When the souless spirits come from hell, they all recite a wicked spell.  Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Banquo: What creatures are these? So strange and wild. They do not look like they should be on this earth and yet are on it.

Macbeth: Speak if you can. What are you?

Witch 1: All hail Macbeth. Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

Witch 2: All hail Macbeth. Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

Witch 3: All hail Macbeth, Hail to thee, that shalt be king here after! (Shout and laugh)

Banquo: Speak then to me.

Witch 1: Lesser than Macbeth and greater.

Witch 2: Not so happy yet much happier.

Witch 3: You shall father a king, but not be one yourself.

Witches together: Banquo and Macbeth all hail! (Laugh and disappear)

Banquo: Where did they go? Who were they?

( 2 messengers come onto the stage)

Messenger 1: Macbeth! Macbeth! Listen quickly! I bring news from King Duncan.  The Thane of Cawdor is a traitor and will be executed tonight.

Messenger 2: The King rewards your bravery with his title. You are Thane of Cawdor, my Lord!

(They kneel in front of Macbeth while Macbeth and Banquo stare at each other in shock)

 Messenger 1: The king is on his way to your home Macbeth to bestowe the honour in person.

Macbeth: Come let us hurry to meet the king.

(All leave the stage)

Narrator 2: So Macbeth and Banquo met the three witches and they foretold their future… Then messengers came and named Macbeth Thane of Cawdor! Could the rest of the prophecy be true too?

 

 

Witness statement by saadh zahid

My name is Saadh and I am a kitchen hand in the castle of the Thane of Glamis, Macbeth. This is my account of what happened on the night of king Duncan’s murder.

It was past midnight and I was sweeping the floors in the Great hall after the feast. Suddenly the windows smashed open and then a terrible storm broke out. One of the lighting bolts hit the roof and the flag on the roof ripped. While I was sweeping the floor Macbeth and Lady Macbeth were walking down and I hid in a corner. I heard lady Macbeth say “no one should know.” Also their shoes were bloody and there bloody footprints trailing on the stone floor.

When I was passing King Duncan’s room the guards were sleeping on the floor and one of them was holding a bloody knife in his right hand. I didn’t dare to disturb the king, so I just got to bed. In the morning word got around that the king had been murdered and Macbeth said the guards had killed him while they were drunk, but I don’t believe him.

I think it was either Macbeth or Lady Macbeth. I might be wrong, but I suspect it is them. After that Macbeth was nervous and the king’s sons ran away which also looked suspicious.

Witness statement by Sawaira

My name is Sawaira and I am a kitchen hand in the castle of the Thane Of Glamis (Macbeth). This is my account of what happened on the night of King Duncan’s murder.

It was a blustery night, storms were raging across the hills and lightning streaked across the sky, I was sweeping the halls after the celebration of King Duncan’s victory. As I got to the corner of the hall I saw Lady Macbeth and her husband whispering something, I couldn’t quite make out what they were saying.

As I started to come round the corner a bit more, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth had vanished. I carried on sweeping the corridors when I saw them heading towards King Duncan’s room.

I carried on with my work in the kitchen downstairs then suddenly I heard a glass smash and it came fro neon the rooms upstairs. I wanted to go and check if everything was okay but I was scared that I would lose my job for interfering in other people’s matters.

A few hours later Macduff arrived. He went straight to King Duncan’s room where he saw him lying on the ground in a puddle of blood. He got everyone up and broke the news to us.

I was very suspicious about Lady Macbeth and Macbeth because they were hovering around King Duncan’s room the whole time.

My account about King Duncan’s murder. By Fozia.

My name is Fozia Sultana and I am a kitchen hand in the castle of the Thane of Glamis, Macbeth. This is my account of what happened on the night of King Duncan’s murder.

It was a blustering, stormy night. The thunder thrashed violently down, as if there was no tomorrow. Whistling winds drowned out nearly all of the speech and commotion; I could still hear enough to know what was going on in the castle. Trees were waving as if the thunder was a piece of their favourite music. Wolves howled as if they were giving a bad omen. I pulled my shawl right up to my shoulders.

I was washing the cutlery when suddenly the bell tolled midnight. There was a flash of lightening and the windows slammed shut. Up above, I heard a scurry of footsteps and whispering. As soon as I finished washing the dishes, I hurried upstairs to see King Duncan emerging from the bath and ambling to his luxurious chamber. The guards departed and as the king strolled into his room, they parted again.

I stood still to watch the outcome as Lady Macbeth walked up to the guards and tried to worm her way through to get inside his chamber. The guards stood stock still and waited for her to get about her business. Lady Macbeth sidled towards me and ushered me to the kitchen. Then, after taking a bottle of wine and two glasses from the cupboard, she marched up the spiral stairs. I set about getting into bed, immediately falling asleep.

I woke up with a start. I twisted around to see bloody footprints smeared across the landing. Within minutes, Macduff arrived at the castle to check how the King slept. He marched up to the chamber. I was sorting out the breakfast when Macduff cried out, “Murder,murder! The King has been murdered!”

The dagger was found underneath one of the guard’s arms. They were also killed. It was declared that night that Macbeth was now the King. Nobody suspected Macbeth or Lady Macbeth, except for me…

Eye witness statement by Martell

Witness statement by Martell Richard, Servant

My name is Martell Richard and I am a kitchen hand in the castle of the Thane Of Glamis, Lord Macbeth. This is my account of what happened on the night of the murder.

I was inside the castle on the night of the murder and I was washing up the plates from the dinner party, hosted by Lord Macbeth himself. Then I heard a door open and a enormous bang! I thought it was the disturbing weather outside but when I heard the glasses shatter I knew someone was awake upstairs and it sent goosebumps all over my arms.

Holding my breath, I crept out of the kitchen, gripping the heavy oak door so it wouldn’t slam. I tip-toed three steps and looked over the spiral steps to see the king’s guards, on the floor, with dripping blood on their suits of armour and daggers in their hands.

I tried to run but my body hesitated, I was so distraught by the sight I was speechless. I wondered though, who was killed? There was no body or trails, but before I could inspect the scene… A door opened.

I rushed downstairs and back to the kitchen, waiting for someone to notice. Then a scream echoed around the castle and King Duncan was found. Dead in his bed.

I suspect it was the three guards as they were the only ones in the hallway and they had blood all over them.

I also suspect it was Lord Macbeth and Lady Macbeth because straight away Macbeth accused the guards of killing King Duncan then they went into the corner, probably discussing about how they would clear their name, they looked very suspicious, and that’s all I know.

Eyewitness Statement by Ariana

My name is Ariana Graf and I am Lady Macbeth’s chamber maid in the castle of the Thane of Glamis. This is my account on the night of King Duncan’s murder.

On the night of the murder, I was on my way to Lady Macbeth’s chamber, when I saw the king entering his chamber and his guards in front of the only exit in and out of his chamber. Then I saw Lady Macbeth going towards the king’s chamber but the guards wouldn’t let her enter the room. So she left and I left to continue with my duties.

Each night I would light the fire in lady Macbeth’s chamber, as my lady undresses for bed, but last night the room was deserted. There was no sign of my lady, the silk quilts and cushions had hardly been touched and her nightgown was still on the chair.

So I rushed out to see if my lady was alright, and when I found her, she was in front of lord Macbeth’s chamber, whispering. I therefore hid in the corner of the corridor so I wouldn’t be seen. Then when Lady Macbeth finished speaking, she pointed at her wrist and gave Lord Macbeth something…I didn’t know what she gave him.

Afterwards, I rushed down the stairs to the kitchen and acted like it didn’t see any thing,but I couldn’t forget it all.

I suspect that it was lord and lady Macbeth who killed King Duncan because they were whispering, pointing and handing items to each other. I will be haunted by this night,by the deaths, the howling of the wind and the animals becoming one with the weather.