For Act 2, Scene 2 of Macbeth, how would you direct the scene?
I need help on what to have Lady Macbeth and Macbeth doing as they talk and an explanation of why they're doing it. Do they have an evil look? Are they moving around, are they interacting with each other? This includes pauses, tone of voice, gestures, and facial expressions. Thank you!
Since this is the scene where Macbeth and Lady Macbeth start to feel the guilt and anxiety of being found out, you want their gestures and tone of voice to be hesitant, anxious and tense. But this should be more subtle than how they would act later in the play when that guilt and anxiety have become so heavy that Macbeth begins to hallucinate. When Lady Macbeth is waiting for Macbeth to return, she is startled easily and she is literally looking over her shoulder. Gestures like this, looking over her shoulder or shifty eyes, would help to illustrate that anxiety. You also might want Macbeth's hands to be shaking when he hands the bloody daggers to Lady Macbeth. Macbeth might also put his hands on his head when he says, “How is't with me, when every noise appals me” (II.ii.73). When Macbeth returns after murdering Duncan, he says, “This is a sorry sight” (II.ii.28). This might be a good point to have them both pause as they stare in horror at his bloody hands. In general, the characters are beginning to lose their minds. They are riddled with anxiety. They might behave jittery and agitated or they might be stoic and frozen.