The witches sit cleaning the objects of the Voodoo alter preparing for their annual zombie ritual. It is a festive time to torment their former masters Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The ritual drags the infamous pair out of their death beds and forces them to relive their devilish deeds.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are confused and in their zombie-fied state they sense only vague horrors and painful blood soaked memories which come to them in terrifying succession. Firstly, in static mechanical sounds, like through a crack in time, they hear their own words spoken into their ears. Then the bloody deed of King Duncan's death is re-enacted to the thirsty pleasure of the witches. Fooled into the play of the witches, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth become absorbed in its reality. They believe again that they are living and that some faint hope of success remains, much to the wicked delight of their tormentors who play all the roles in their zombie's hallucinations.
A most festive part of the ritual is the appearance of Banquo's ghost as the silver skull of Baron Samedi, chief of the dead, during the banquet in which the witches feed life size mannequins of themselves.
Deep in the night the witches return Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to their death beds and brew up a cauldron of evil to deliver a final jolt of zombie life which forces the pair to re-experience the intense anquish of the final climatic moments of their lives.
Fully satisfied with the ritual's success the witches look forward to next year's rite when they can once again ...."Take their souls out for a run."
A final note: OzFrank is not advocating that Voodoo is a evil religion. This play is merely using Voodoo's Western fictional representation as a popular contemporary device - more on this in later posts. Voodoo itself acknowledges the sinister side of itself in the work of sorcerers and of practitioners that use "both hands" as they say.)