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Macbeth: Act 2 Scene 2 - Hearing noises (workshop)

Macbeth: Act 2 Scene 2 - Hearing noises (workshop)
Key Info
  • Macbeth: Act 2 Scene 2 - Hearing noises (workshop)
  • Duration: 05:48
  • Macbeth's guilty conscience causes him to hear terrifying sounds. He cannot say 'Amen'. The cast explore how Lady Macbeth takes control of the situation. Black and white is used in contrast with colour to show the character both in rehearsals and out of rehearsals. Michael Boyd talks about the acting techniques used to affect the audience. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the Shakespeare Unlocked season.
  • Subject:



    Shakespeare: Tragedies

  • Keywords: ShakespeareUnlocked, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Shakespearian language, act 2 scene 2, iambic pentameter, english, drama, language, rhythm
Ideas for use in class
  • Offers a further insight into the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and the immediate consequences of the murder of Duncan has on both of them and their relationship. As a whole class discuss: • What noises does Macbeth imagine he hears in this scene? • Does Lady Macbeth imagine any sounds? • What noises are real and heard by both characters? And what meaning does Macbeth make of the noises he hears, real and imaginary? What does he think will happen as a result of what he hears? Find further resources at
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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