'Hello! My name is Buffy. Ask me about curses.'
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode 1, Season 6
Welcome to Buddha's Black Dog, my blog on curses and spells: for what it's about (and my other blogs). see
Buddha's Black Dog is organised thematically, and older posts will be linked to after each post.
Everyone knows that actors (most of them anyway) don't like saying the name of the play Macbeth and refer to it as the 'Scottish Play'. `As Wiki says -
tradition holds that there is a real curse - maybe curses - embedded in the text, and for that reason some of the witches' lines are frequently amended - or even cut.
Even creepier perhaps is the notion that the curse is not that obvious, and occurs in an otherwise innocuous passage.
The actor/director Mark Rylance refused to believe in the curse (and doesn't believe William Shakespeare write the plays attribiuted to him), and as it happens, his touring Macbeth of 1995 is by far the worst Macbeth I have ever seen, though in Glasgow at least we were spared the sight of seeing Jane Horrocks weeing on stage.
For some examples of disasters associated with Macbeth, see
ANCIENT CURSES 1: the Curse of Akkad
ANCIENT CURSES 2: Otzi the Ice Man
ANCIENT CURSES 3: Egyptian Curses
Curses and Music 1: The 27 Curse and Amy Winehouse
CURSES THAT WORKED 1: the Curse of Shakespeare's Tomb
Historical Curses 1: the Monition of Cursing Against the Border Reivers