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Help! I need you again! by missfrog on 6 May 2005 12:56pm
 
I have a report to write for monday and I only knew about it since thursday! This report is about the superstitions in theatre and must be delivered on monday the latest for my drama exam.
If anyone knows anything about superstitions linked to theatre, please tell me!
I know there is one concerning Macbeth but I don't actually know what it consists in, nor where it comes from.
Please help me again!!!
Thank you.
Raph
 
Re: Help! I need you again! by Sky on 6 May 2005 1:08pm
 
http://www.angelfire.com/fl3/Defymcbeth/Super2.html

http://lecatr.people.wm.edu/theatrical_superstitions_and_saints.html
 
Re: Help! I need you again! by Helen on 6 May 2005 1:09pm
 
I have a friend who had a theater guy boyfriend, and they were not allowed to mention Macbeth before a play/performance. I guess they believed it raised evil spirits. Old superstition.

the there is always "break a leg."

:)
 
Re: Help! I need you again! by beccles on 6 May 2005 1:11pm
 
oo yes Macbeth was always referred to as 'The Scottish Play'.
 
Re: Help! I need you again! by perfectbitch on 6 May 2005 1:22pm
 
Hi missfrog.
Whistling in the dressing room is considered very unlucky. There is a "ritual" to dispel the bad luck but I can't remember what it is. I heard some where that many theatrical superstitions originate from sea-faring traditions/superstitions.
Macbeth has to be referred to as "The Scottish Play"
To wish an actor luck on a first night is considered inlucky and you are supposed to say "break a leg."
I'm sure there are loads of others but look into the sea-faring origins. Might give you some extra marks.
Hope this helps. Linz
 
Re: Help! I need you again! by Ken Dunn on 6 May 2005 6:39pm
 
My daughter does drama and she tells me that in pantomime rehearsals the last line of the play is not used until the opening night. We have no idea as to the origin of this superstition.
 
Re: Help! I need you again! by Ahren on 6 May 2005 7:43pm
 
Wow!! This is really interesting! Ive always wondered about the Macbeth superstition.
Did anyone see that Simpsons episode where Sir Ian Mckellen is doing a performance of Macbeth, but doesnt to say the name and Homer keeps on saying "Macbeth" and more and more bad things happen to him? Its so funny!!
 
Re: Help! I need you again! by missfrog on 7 May 2005 3:48pm
 
THANK YOU!!!
 



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