The Scottish Play


Montgomery Struthers, Shakespearean actor, toyed idly with a knot. Below him on stage the young upstart who’d taken the best role pranced about hamming through Macbeth in a most terrible manner.

‘I can’t believe that boy got the job, look at him, useless!’ Cursed Struthers.

The boy drew breath for his next line.

‘If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly: if the assassination…’

The lighting rig fell. The boy was crushed. Dead.

A deadly hush fell over the audience, high up in the rafters came a screaming voice.

I do the Scottish Play!’.


Thanks go to dear old Mr Shakespeare for the inspiration and of course the line in the middle. Also to Blackadder for the dark and dastardly deed idea. Pah! Actors.

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7 Responses to The Scottish Play

  1. Mental illness in Shakespeare’s tragedies: discuss. Great theatre drama.

  2. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    Ah, the curse! The curse! It’s not Shakespeare without a ghost and a murder, darling. This was well done.

  3. Hala J. says:

    I agree with Helena. Shakespeare isn’t Shakespeare (at least in tragedy-form) if two-thirds of the main characters aren’t dead or dying by the last page. Ah, the deadly claws of jealousy!!

  4. It’s a bloody week this week and that dratted light is responsible for most of the gore.


  5. Dear Kelly,

    This gives new meaning to going toward the light…well in this case, the light going toward…oh never mind. Good one.



  6. znjavid says:

    Very well written!

  7. Well written. There seems to be more going on in the rafters of the theatres than on the state. Good story.

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