Interview with William Shakespeare


24 February 2004


Q: Why does the play start with the three witches?





A: I begin the play with thunder and lightening on a moor (or heath). I wanted to catch my audiences attention and set the mood of the play.


To my audiences, a moor or heath would represent a wild, lonely and frightening place, especially in foul weather.


My audience believes in God and the Devil, and in Heaven and Hell as real places. They also believe in evil spirits, in possession of evil spirits, and in the power of witchcraft and magic.


Our great and worthy King James 1 was particulary interested in the subject, and wrote a book calld Daemonologie.


A Scottish woman named Agnus Sampson was accused of trying to kill king James by witchcraft. It was alledged that she attached parts of a dead body to a cat, sailed to sea in a sieve, and put the cat in the sea to cause a storm to wreak the kings ship!








Q: Which character(s) did you enjoy creating the most, and why?


A: Macbeth I think I have done most justice to. The first impression I wanted my audiences to reach was one of bravery and courage. Macbeth was a sergeant (Captain) in Act 1, scene 2. he is brave Macbeth who has ripped Macdonwald open from navel to jaw. He is a man of fierce and bloody action.


My portrayel of Macbeth clearly shows the dramic change in both his personality and morals.


I first showed signs of Macbeths dishonesty when he pretends to Banquo that he has not been thinking of the witches. Act 2, scene 1 line 21. I think not of them, after this, he becomes increasingly devious.


The rate in which I devised Macbeths road to murder progresed very quickly from loyal servant to Duncan to Evil personificated.


Lady Macbeth has so far played the role of a bully who forces Macbeth to kill Duncan but from here I wanted Macbeth to become independant from his wife, which is why he only hints at her about his plans to have Banquo murdered. He keeps her innocent of the knowledge.


Towards the end of the play I wanted to portray Macbeth still clinging to the witches assurances that he cannot be beaten.


When he realises that he has been tricked and when his wife dies, he begins to dispair. However, his pride wont let him surrender. Dissillusioned and friendless, he fights fearlessly to the bitter end.





Q: What key themes of issues does the play deal with?


A:The first theme i wrote was of the supernatural, the witches predictions


The second theme (idea) was order, which is very important to me. God brought order to the universe, and kings were appointed by God to preserve the social order and to be head of that order.


Macbeth\'s murder of King Duncan is a terrible terrible crime, because it destroyed social order. It was a crime against God and nature.


The third, being courage and bravery, which are qualities displayed by Macbeth, Lady Macduff and her sons. Macduff is clearly brave as well as young siward.


Sleep was another theme and I gave it several meanings. I wanted it to suggest either ignorance or lack of awareness. King Duncan was murdered in his sleep. I also wrote that Macbeth was envious of Duncans peaceful sleep of the dead.


Darkness and light I intended to represent Life and Death, Goodness and Evil.


And finally disorder which I portrayed by the violence and treachery.





Q:Who do you personally feel is responsible for Macbeth\'s downfall? Himself? His wife? The Witches?





A:At the beginning of the play, Macbeth was highly praised, but by the end of the play no one has a good word to say about him.


I carefully establishd a link between Macbeth and the witches in the opening scene by choosing Macbeth rather than Banquo to be led astray by ambigious promises.


Although I wanted my audience to decide how much they thought Macbeth was accountable or wheter he was a victim of fate.





Q:What is your favourite episode or moment in the play, and why?





A: My favourite part in the play was when Macduff discovered King Duncans body.


I wanted to create a sence of horror and confusion and portrayed these feelings by using short sentences by Macbeth and repition of