Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hamlet versus Macbeth

Sarah Watt emails me this morning, a note of low-level panic vaguely discernible in a casual enquiry. Attending a Q & A session after a screening of Look Both Ways last night, a woman in the audience has enquired if it were deliberate that Andy (Anthony Hayes), the editor of Arts Diary, is given complimentary tickets to Macbeth, but the play we see him go to is Hamlet.

Sarah suggests to the woman that she may have been mistaken, but the woman replies that she knows Hamlet back to front and the speech performed is definitely Hamlet’s. The moderator at the Q & A concurs, saying that of course it was Hamlet, but that he had thought it was a wonderful, meant irony, and that if it was a mistake, not a crafted intelligence, then Sarah was very lucky in her serendipity.

Sarah shuts up — after all there are 300 people sitting in the audience. She goes home confused, appalled, convinced she as scrambled her Shakespeares. How could we have failed to pick up the error?

I email her — the scene from Act 5 in Macbeth when he has just learned his wife is dead. But I think of Andy’s horror at seeing Hamlet in a kilt:

Alas, McYorick. I knew him, Jock.


Blogger baby said...

Pretty sure that the movie he went to see was Macbeth - studied it in Year 11 English.

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,
Signifying nothing. - Macbeth.



11:00 am, August 24, 2005

Blogger baby said...

Sorry - the play Andy went to see, I mean. Not movie.

11:10 am, August 24, 2005

Anonymous Kath said...

I was at that Brissie screening and Q&A session and KNEW that woman was talking out her bum!

Brilliant scene that one - one of many in a wonderful movie.

10:16 pm, August 31, 2005

Blogger wbrant said...

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I have a teaching macbeth site/blog. It pretty much covers teaching macbeth related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

4:19 pm, October 23, 2005


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