Wednesday November 29

I am unreasonably excited about our Act 2 Challenge

But before we get to that, I have some clarifying I want to do for your group scene analyses.

Macbeth Act 2 Challenge: Conversations That Never Happened

Banquo and Macbeth get the time to have that talk: When Banquo suggests that the witches have revealed “some truth” to Macbeth, Macbeth claims that he has not thought of them at all since their encounter in the woods (2.1.19–20). He and Banquo agree to discuss the witches’ prophecies at a later time. But they never do. How would that conversation have gone if they had the time?

  • Choose two actors, one director, and at least one script-writer.
  • The writing will be in modern English.
  • The winning team will be the one that composes the most interesting and entertaining scene that provides the most insight into the differences between Macbeth and Banquo.
  • Bonus points for using fresh, original metaphors or similes that would make George Orwell proud.
  • Scenes will be filmed, then judged and voted on by the English department.

Lines do not need to be memorized and scenes should be short. 2-5 minutes.


Actor: know your lines, understand your character and motivation. Do what the director says. Help the script writer come up with lines.

Director: Decide how actors should say their lines, plan where actors should stand and move. Help the script writers come up with lines.

Script writers: Write the lines and stage directions. Make sure you are writing lines that allow the actors to highlight the similarities and differences between the characters.