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Macbeth by Shakespeare

Set Design

Final Thesis – Paris – 2012

ESAT

Design – planning – modell making

Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, and in particular its Hangar 2, are highly dramatic places in view of the tragedies that took place there during the Second World War. They served first as a prison, then as a detention centre for forced labour and, in 1948, as a food storage during the Berlin blockade. This is a place present in people´s memory. Therefore, it suits perfectly as a setting for a Shakespearean drama. Just as the palace is the place where Macbeth´s madness unfolds, the Hangar 2 is the silent witness of events during a fatal period. Hangar 2 reflects the atmosphere of the drama, the twilight and the darkness of the night favouring nightmares. It is crowded with dark spirits. Their predictions will push the king and his kingdom in a situation which will end in chaos and provide for a tragic solution before Siwards’s army final victory. The public, like the civilians during the war, will assist and participate in the development of the story taking place under their eyes. The drama evolves in four different spaces. Containers that serve various purposes are set up there: they Funktion as backstage and dressing cabins, as areas where  the actors perform and play, as well as the obligatory passage for the public following a yellow line on the ground of the Hangar 2, indicating the way to Macbeth´s madness.