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Birnam Wood: The site for Macabre Ambition
Birnam Wood in early autumn, the fall season
Think, of Macbeth when you pass through Birnam Wood on your way to
Stratford-upon - Avon and it is an eery feeling to experience. During my
many visits to the Bardâs birthplace, I still imagine the Birnam Wood to
A dark cave, in the middle, a acouldron boiling:
Apparition - âBe lion-mettled, proud and take no care who chafes, who
frets, or where conspires are Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinan Hill Shall come, against him.
Macbeth âThat will be
Who can impress this forest, bid the trees
Unfix his earth-bound roots? sweet bodiments, good
Rebellionâs head rise never till the wood
Of Birnam rise, and on high-placâd Macbeth
Shall life the lease of nature, pay his breath;
To time and time and mortal custom.
ACT IV. Scene 1
The three weird sisters (or witches) whose evil predictions
exalted Macbethâs ambition of being king.
In the play, Macbeth speaks almost one-third of the lines. One of the
shortest concentrated plays of Shakespeare, it must be acted without a
break or an interval to feel the full impact of the story. From the
beginning, the story has a gripping and chilling effect because of the
fast movement of the play.
It is essenced with such over-powering ambition and conscience, it
need to move inexorably swift from the start of the play.
Lady Macbeth has the pushing power which Macbeth heeds at first but
once he ascends the throne, he becomes the stronger of the two. Macbeth
is an astonishing tragedy and the portrait of two creatures, one beset
by imagination while the other is not but both possessed by the power of
This is a play of darkness and of wanton killing. It is strewed with
witches, weird sisters, ghosts, apparitions, etc. When Shakespeare got
into tight spots unable to synchronise or co-ordinate scenes characters,
he employed these midnight creatures to fill gaps and got out of
situation that we find in so many instances in MACBETH. But then it is
so very exciting.
Before Birnam Wood ... Enter a messenger -
Messenger âGracious my Lord,
I should report that which I saw
But know not how to do it....
Macbeth âWell, say Sir.
Mess. As I did stand my watch upon the hill
I lookâd towards Birnam, about me though
The wood began to move.
Macb. Liar and slave.
Mess. Let me endure your wrath. If ât be not see...
ACT. V. Scene V.
Birnam Wood within which lay the ambition of Macbeth and the
whispers of evil by the three weird sisters
Still later in the play, Macbeth comforts himself that Birnam Wood
will never harm him. But he pondered upon which the witches said;
Macb. âThat like the truth, âFear not till Birnam Wood
Do come to Dunsinan. Arm, arm and out ...
ACT. V. Scene V.
In the theatre the play has grown to a legend as one of the worldâs
greatest tragedies. Shakespeare based Macbeth freely on Holinshedâs
Chronicles. Undeniably its record is strange.
This is not the first or only play that Shakespeare adopted from
othersâ plays. He sought to exercise the spirits of evil by getting two
of his characters to read together Psalm No.90, âThou shalt not be
afraid for any terror by nightâ ..... MACBETH had always been a
challenge but seldom taken to the full because the Bardâs highlight of
Evil caused by Lady Macbeth, prevailed until her suicide of which
Macbeth takes lightly. Infact when he was informed about her death, he
replies, âShe should have died hereafterâ.
Where ever theatre prevailed, MACBETH was mounted around the world as
the first prefertial tragedy of the Bard.
It has been acted more than Romeo and Juliet or even Hamlet but still
remains as the most difficult one for directors which make some
producers to opt for excerpts from the play. Enter Macbeth. Another part
of field, probably of Birnam Wood.
Macbeth âWhy should I play the Roam fool, and die
On mine own sword? Whiles I see lives
The gashes,Do better upon themâ ....
- ACT V. Scene VII
âGlobal Cultural Horizonsâ exhibition displays photographic talent
Admiring the photography. Pictures by Ruwan de Silva
âSilverpixelsâ a Global Photo Exhibition titled âGlobal Cultural
Horizons,â was opened on Monday and will be on display at the Virtusa
office atrium at Trans Asia complex Colombo 2 till today (10).
The photo exhibition is an annual event that provides all Virtusan
photographers an opportunity not only to hone their photography skills
but also to look at life and the world with fresh eyes, complementing
their IT technical skills.
âOur philosophy encourages all employees to harness their creative
talents. This is an opportunity for Virtusans to showcase and enhance
their creativity,â Head of Marketing - Sri Lanka Farzana Khan said.
Two leading professional photographers, Alefiya Akbarally and Taya
Diaz, are entrusted with evaluating the exhibitionâs 120 entries.
Alefiya has made a mark both in the commercial and social documentary
arena. Taya is currently the Head of Creative at Q & E Advertising. Taya
has wide experience in wildlife photography documentaries working with
Silverpixels winners will be selected under three categories: âMany
Faces, Many Culturesâ for people, portraits and lifestyles; âArtifacts &
Cultural Gemsâ for art, abstract and still life; and âGlobal Horizonsâ
for landscapes, nature and animals.
Three winners will be selected under each category. This programme is
designed to showcase photographic creative talent among all those who
make Virtusa the IT hub in Sri Lanka.
Jayantha Silvaâs newest collection at Expressions 5
As a child prodigy Jayantha Silva won many awards in art
competitions. In one particular competition, he won the First, Second
and Fourth Prizes.
He so impressed the judge Mudliyar Amarasekara (one of the most
famous Sri Lankan Artists), that he offered Jayantha a one year
scholarship to his art school. Unfortunately, as a child, Jayantha felt
that one does not need to learn art formally, and did not take the
scholarship, a decision he regrets.
Once out of school, Jayantha took to commercial art, and a few years
ago, at a time when business was depressed, and he had time on his
hands, Jayantha decided to return to his childhood love of painting.
His first work was a mother and child. Looking at his finished work,
he realised that his talent had not diminished, but blossomed and
matured. Jayantha would paint on weekends and decided to have an
exhibition after about the tenth painting.
Jayanthaâs style is one of realism as opposed to abstract art. He is
a perfectionist who strives for excellence. He attributes his talent to
his habit of actively looking at the environment everywhere he goes, and
also to his photographic memory which enables him to see something and
store it in his mind, for recall many months or years later.
He also has the ability to see a finished work, when we would see
only a blank canvas. His forte is painting the human figure. Even as a
child he loved to paint figures and nudes, at a time when children did
not have the access to see such images.
Jayantha feels that anyone can be a good artist, as everyone has good
eyesight, muscle control, and the ability to observe and appreciate a
subject. He has done over two hundred paintings, of which over 150 have
been sold. He enjoys doing paintings, charcoals, pastels and acrylics.
Now at the helm of a 25 year old agency, Jayantha provides his
clients with a professional service, spending every spare moment
painting on an easel which he keeps in his office. He says that many are
going into art as a profession to cater to the growing demand of the
public to purchase original art for their domestic and corporate
The exhibition is open to the public from September 12 to October 5
at La Rambla, Tickle Road, Colombo 8.