So, in English, we had to do a speaking improvisation task.
The task was to do an interview with Macbeth in a chat show. Carlos and I decided to work together, so first things first, we flipped a coin, heads for Macbeth, tails for the interviewer, I got heads, meaning I was Macbeth.
Next issue was what we needed to do, we had to question Macbeth up to the point where he kills Duncan, and we had to figure out some improvisation for it. You could either record yourself using a video, or do it live, in the end, we were thinking about it and never recorded anything, so we just did it live. The only ones in the class to do so. So while it’s improvisation we get a little leeway with it. So we quickly thought out a couple of scenarios, and since I was talking about Hell, due to me reading The Devine Comedy, we decided on the chat show being in Hell, and the interviewer is the Devil, deciding where Macbeth should be placed in Hell. We thought of questions like, “Why did you kill your beloved king?”, “Why did you believe the witches prophecy?”, and “So it was just ambition?”, etc.
The answers which I wrote down were very basic, like, “I feel guilty”, “I believed when because a prediction came true”, and “It was ambition”, etc. When we did it live, we would make it longer, word it differently, etc.
So after the break, we went up to the front of the class, and I sat down while Carlos stood up. As he was getting ready, he looked a little nervous, but he was just trying to remember some of the questions, clear his throat, get his nerves together. I took up my drink and bag of sweets, some Fruit Pastels, and offered him some at the start and throughout the presentation. When he was quickly trying to think of a new question I just went “Sweet?”, and he was like “Yes, the Devil needs a sugar rush”.
As the Devil grilled me about my decisions on why I’d killed my king, it was a pretty straight forward answer, however, the rest of it was played pure improv. Carlos’ little bit of inspired awesomeness happened when he asked me why I believed the witches prophecy was true, and I answered, he walked behind 3 of the female classmates and said, “We have the 3 witches here tonight”, at which I started laughing as the look on their faces said “You cheeky sod”. I called them “Stupid cryptic witches” for their vagueness. Carlos said “You betrayed and killed your king, who was like a God to you”, a thought struck me at that point, to which I said aloud “The irony of you talking about betraying God is staggering, was it not the very same thing that landed me here, the reason you’re here too? Maybe if we were more humble and less prideful, we’d both be in a better situation now, wouldn’t we?”, Carlos was going to our audience, “The nerve of this guy! Trying to upstart my show! You won’t get away with that here!”
When we came to Lady Macbeth, I said that since she talked me into it after I talked myself out of it that “As typical of a man, I’ll blame my wife”, when I looked around and noticed that Carlos and I were the only males in the room, to which I added “Pretty daring since we’re the only males in a room full of females”, which got a good laugh. Carlos went around to another classmate and put his arms around here and said “You’re poor wife, she killed herself and fell right into my arms… now, are we ready to pass judgement on this man?”, to which I replied “Pass! I am a cool guy, I- wait a minute, your arms!? You cheating git!”, as I noticed what he just said, and I got “A one-way ticket to Hell, for that”, and it ended with me being thrown into Hell.
I used to be shy, so I never liked going up on stage, whether it was just to stand there with the class, or have to read, or act, or give a presentation or anything. This year I wanted to be braver. I knew from the start of October that I would need to stand and speak. So I thought, I’m going to do it, and it wasn’t that bad I thought. I feel more confident now because I just went and did it, it was good. So I feel like I’m going to do more things now that I wouldn’t have done before, just get up and do them, because I feel like I’m gained something out of that. I have learned that sometimes, things are only as bad as you make them out to be.
As for everything else, I’m writing some Harry Potter reviews, and I will be posting them when I have something special. I keep a backlog of reviews in case I fall sick. With the Potter films I wanted to do something special to go along with them, so it might take a little bit for them to come out.
I’m also trying to record some games for my channel. As I just watched the Harry Potter films, I am thinking of playing the games, from “The Philosopher’s Stone” to “The Deathly Hallows Part 2”. I’ll be posting updates later.