Monday, May 19, 2008

Manic Monday - play

Mo's word for today is PLAY. There are so many meaning for play:

a pun, make a play, to have fun, to play a hand at cards, or

to act the part of (a person or character) in a dramatic performance; portray: to play Lady Macbeth, the evil wife of Macbeth in the play of the same name by William Shakespeare.

Here's what some actresses look like playing the part of one of the most interesting female characters of Shakespeare's making.







Lady Macbeth
s a character in Shakespeare's play Macbeth. While based on the real-life Queen Gruoch of Scotland, both her character and the play's events are tied very weakly to actual history.

After her husband, Macbeth of Scotland, tells her in a letter about his opportunity to become king, she tells herself that his temperament is "too full o' the milk of human kindness" (Act 1, Scene 5) for the necessary evil to kill the existing monarch, King Duncan, and so make this possible. In her eagerness, she calls for dark forces to "unsex" her and fill her with "direst cruelty."

On his return, Macbeth defers deciding on the matter, but when the king arrives, she ends his moral dilemma by manipulating him with clever arguments into committing the assassination. While Macbeth initially balks at the bloody tasks she insists that they are necessary to seize the throne; she wants him to leave everything to her and pull himself together, shocks him and questions his masculinity. Ultimately Lady Macbeth goes mad for what she's done.

I give you a very young Judi Dench playing Lady Macbeth's very famous sleepwalking scene where she tries over and over to wipe out the "damned spot" of blood that she thinks she sees on her hands. (from Wikipedia)



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14 comments:

Roger said...

Wow Mary that widget you got there is so awesome! Very nice!! Oh ya I changed my header to Idaho Photo because of not posting on the weekends I kind of felt like a hypocrite with daily photo on there lol. But the shop will keep its name. Have a great day Mary!!

Jamie said...

Judy Dench is a world treasure and that clip was magnificent. Have you been watching her in Cranford on PBS? I think it had darn near every British character actress available. Imelda Staunton was hilarious and sensitive.

Thank you for a small bit of "The Scottish Play".

Suzie said...

That play still gives me chills

anthonynorth said...

Judi Dench was born and bred in my home city of York, and she's an absolute treasure.
Never disappoints.

DrillerAA said...

Great post and wonderful graphics.

crazy working mom said...

Great post and wonderful choice for the theme. :)

Happy Manic Monday.

Akelamalu said...

Great post and Judy Dench is simply the best!

Bond said...

I have never been a fan of Macbeth...but thanks for the info

Julia Smith said...

Wow. Thanks for posting that scene from 'The Scottish Play' - Judi Dench is magnificent. Glad you included Vivien Leigh in your slideshow. Go, Viv!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

How cool Teach. Excellent take on PLAY. Have a great day. :)

Travis said...

Dame Judi is one of the finest actors I've ever seen.

Gattina said...

I have seen that ages ago, lol ! I posted for play a theatre in Greece which I have seen.

Kimmie said...

Hey Mary, this is one powerful MM you put together this week. I applaud you! Wonderful photo's and history. Thank You.
Hugs,
Kimmie

forgetfulone said...

Macbeth is one of the few Shakespearean plays I would actually read again. Maybe that, and King Lear, and perhaps The Taming of the Shrew. Macbeth was the best one to me, though.