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Analysis of “An inspector calls” by J.B Priestly

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Analysis of "An inspector calls" by J.B Priestly Play: "An inspector calls" written by J.B Priestly in 1945, directed by Stephen Daldry Performers include: Tim Frances, Sophie Arnold, Jack Tarlton, Elizabeth Ross Date: 20.10.00 Place: The Garrick theatre, London Occasion: Year 11 GCSE drama course, theatre visit The entrance to the theatre was very formal. There were primary indicators before you even got into the theatre for example outside there were posters of some of the actors in the play. These made me look forward to what we were going to see and it also made me wonder how each different pose fitted into the play. There was also an extract from a review written by the 'Daily Mail', which created a sense of anticipation for the audience. Once you entered the theatre the entrance was very formal. There were more primary indicators such as leaflets and there were also programs on sale. The entrance to the performing space was very formal. All the audience had numbered seats and were directed to their seats by stewards. The seating was raked and the proscenium arch stage was raised above the level of the audience. ...read more.


These were such piercing sounds it made the audience feel quite uncomfortable. It definitely added tension to what was happening on the stage. While the audience is still entering the performance space there is a rumbling noise and then a distant siren sound. At first I thought that this was the underground going underneath the theatre and a passing ambulance or police car but later on in the play you find out that it was all part of the play. This added to the audience perception and it make them excited and they wanted to know what was going to happen next. The characters all had realistic costume. It looked like it was from the period that the play was set in, 1910, which made what was happening on stage more believable. Costume was used to great effect in the performance. The characters were defined well by their costumes so you could tell almost straight away what their attitude and personality was like. For instance Mrs. Birling wore a bustling, red, stiff, decorative dress accompanied by lots of jewelry which made the audience think that she was wealthy and quite pompous. Sheila Birling (The daughter) ...read more.


One actor that I though did really well in their part was the actor who performed the part of Sheila. Her character went through a big change and she managed to show this transition gently but unmistakably. She used body language a lot, while a first she walked tall and carried herself and looked really out of place on the ground, towards the end she had changed into a more submissive role. She had gained knowledge by the end and she had an understanding of what was happening. She pleaded with the other characters to try to get them to admit what they had done and accept the consequences but they didn't seem to notice this and she was so frustrated which was shown in her voice and also in her action. Her voice became more strained and here actions stiff when she was talking to her family. She used her body as a tool to get across her feelings. She turned her back on her family and moved closer to the inspector, for the duration of the play she stayed on the other side of the play to her family. This enforced the difference between her and her family. In my opinion the play was executed to a very high standard. The characterization of the play was excellent and issues had been developed really well within the performance. ...read more.

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