What are these
So withered and so wild in their attire,
That look not like th’ inhabitants o’ th’ Earth,
And yet are on ‘t?—Live you? Or are you aught
That man may question?
…Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good…
Only been walking past these sculpted freezes every day for two years and been saying to myself for much of that time that I’d need to photograph them. Finally done it today, Dundee doffs its cap to Shakespeare on an industrial estate.
Above the witches cast their fateful spell on Macbeth and the tragedy begins to unfold.
I have done the deed. Didst thou not hear a noise?
King Duncan killed in his bed while his drugged and drunken guards are asleep outside.
Thou canst not say I did it: never shake
Thy gory locks at me.
After being crowned King of Scotland Macbeth worries that the witches prophecies are coming true, he is destined to be King but also destined to be killed by Banquo’s son. Macbeth dispatches his men to kill them both and keep his crown.
Later Banquo’s ghost appears at a banquet unseen by Macbeth’s guests but all too real for our king.
Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much blood in him.
Lady Macbeth acts out the gruesome details on a regular basis washing the blood from her hands over and over. A descent into madness that she never recovers from.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.
Macbeth knows he will be king if Birnam Wood is kept away from battle on Dunsinane hill, surely trees cannot move on their own.
Malcolm, Duncan’s oldest son and successor to the dead king’s throne orders his men to cut branches from the trees of Birnam Wood to disguise the forces numbers. As they march on Macbeth it appears that Birnam Wood is moving to Dunsinane Hill.
None of women born shall harm Macbeth
Macbeth leads a charmed life he knows no man born of woman can kill him. Macduff has joined the battle and faces down the murderous king and reveals that he was not born of woman but ripped from his mother’s womb.
Macbeth knows now that the witches prophecies have all come true and resigns himself to defeat at the hands of Macduff.
Malcolm rallies his victorious army which Macduff joins carrying the severed head of Macbeth.
So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crown’d at Scone.
Put to celluloid on several occasions the 1971 version by Polanski full of mist and blood is worth a watch. It was the first film made by Polanski after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate had unsurprisingly caused him to slip into a deep depression. The blood soaked murder off Lady Macduff’s family becomes a little unsettling when you know this.
Patrick Stewart does a pretty decent job of our legend of regicide.
Michael Fassbender put his name to the Scottish play last year, I’ve still to watch it all but it does start with an excellent battle scene. I’ll give it a watch through the week if there’s a break in Euro 16 coming up.