It all started with a bang…
• Witches wear masks, they were distorted yet fit perfectly with the image of the witches.
• Plain clothing: khaki and white cloth
• Some characters have red and black on their clothes: Duncan wears red, and later, so does Macbeth. Lady Macbeth does also. I think it was associated with royalty or a higher status.
• Armor= Khaki
• Tribal costumes, quite far from the 'grandness' of Scottish royalty, yet the costumes didn't take away from the effect.
• White faces with blue eyeshadow stretched till above the eyebrows, fake eyebrows painted on the forehead.
• Red lipstick, in some places very dark, like with lady Macbeth.
• Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have blood on their face after the murder and it remains there from the murder till the end of the play.
• Macbeth’s hands were white then became red
• Same with Lady Macbeth
• Very physical acting, emphasis on expressions and voice
• Getting hints of Berkoff and Grotowski
• White created depth
• Some use of shadow theatre
• Shakespearean English translated to Hindi
• The language added some humor, but in places the effect was lost.
• It ended with Macduff thinking about the witches and not with everyone celebrating.
• This was different and well received.
Talking with the Director:
• Set should not only be decorative
• Never starts his rehearsals without knowing his set
• How will he tell them to move?
• Keep reading the play until you get the result
• Lines have to come, they cannot be ab barrier
• Bring to a level where lines just flow
• He was very particular about the scene "what has been done cannot be undone”: their hands were not touching
• Tribal people = physical violence
Things I learnt:
• I loved the idea of a mobile set. I want it to incorporate this into my plays.
• I loved the small details: hands turning from red to white, the tribal costumes
• The acting was phenomenal and I loved the physicality of it. I helped carrying the more dramatic scenes without it turning over dramatic.