• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Inspector Calls: A Theatre Review.

Extracts from this document...


Nur-Aimi Elias An Inspector Calls: A Theatre Review In Stephen Daldry's production of 'An Inspector Calls', before the curtain even rises the audience has the sounds of air raid sirens thrown at them. This is not only alarming being a symbol of war which in itself is a terrifying ordeal, but it also gives an early insight into what to expect in the play, or rather, what not to expect; security, certainty, predictability and a happy ending, all of which war it itself lacks. Ian McNeil's scenery includes a large Edwardian doll's house, perched and stilted in the cobbled streets of post-Blitz Britain. ...read more.


These voiceless people represent the lower class community whose views do not count in a world where matters are controlled by those with voice, i.e. the Birlings. Later in the play however, a glaring light spotlights this vast community, highlighting their real importance. Rain was used as a sound effect at the beginning and end of the play. At the beginning it presented a sinister, sombre atmosphere. At the end it suggested the purification of Eric and Sheila and their baptism into society. There were wonderful performances made by the cast. The actress who played Sheila Birling was the most poised and poignant, and her changing attitude towards the 'every man for himself' mentality was most convincing. ...read more.


He was far too emotional to begin with and was already shouting when he first confronted the family, leaving not much room for effect towards the end. He was more like a real inspector rather than the mysterious person he should have appeared to be. He did a marvellous job however in unnerving the audience as he eradicated the barrier between them and himself. Had I not read the play beforehand I would have felt the same as they did, but I could almost feel the whole auditorium shifting in their seats as he pointed the finger at the audience. All in all, I found this production a fascinating and innovative angle for this play, not only to test the consciences of the characters, but of the audience as well. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE An Inspector Calls section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE An Inspector Calls essays

  1. Satire in the government inspector.

    - How can you let patients smoke? How do you expect patients to heal if they share beds? - 'The Inspector'll think we've go a useless doctor' - he is useless to the point that he cannot communicate with the patients.

  2. An inspector calls - theatre review

    Sandra Duncan plays Sybil and perfectly if I must say so, she really captures the snobbiness she would posses. We as an audience should bear in mind that at this time, similar to now, everybody was almost designated a social class, the Birling family with there large riches (which they don't half brag about constantly)

  1. An Inspector Calls

    A small house will only be able to contain small people. I thought that the best stage direction in the play was the part when the group of people dressed in 1940s clothing came to the street when the Birlings exited the house.

  2. An Inspector Calls

    The next stage of the play is Sheila's confession. In the film and book she confesses very privately just to her family and seems to feels very guilty and knows what she did wrong and cant wait to get it out in the open while if you compare this to

  1. As each character got inspected by the Inspector, the limelight shone on them. This ...

    The Inspector produced an orange, which was significant because it was not something that would have been available in Britain at that time, this suggested that the Inspector might be foreign and was a good use of props. The little boy seemed to trust the Inspector straightaway as he was

  2. How has your reading of J.B Priestley’s “ An Inspector Calls” been enhanced by ...

    The main objects in the dining room are a large grandfather clock at the rear, the table and many pictures, which creates an atmosphere of cosiness. Up in the attic, there are "floppy" teddy bears that sit looking over them.

  1. In this report I will be reviewing the present situation at the Broadway Theatre.

    Variable are costs which can vary, they are affected by the amount of sales or production. Semi variable costs which can be subject to variation. Sales/revenues Sources of revenue: INCOME �'000s Grants and sponsorship 100 Advertising 10 Sales : Box office 250 Foyer events 15 Programmes 15 Catering 50 TOTAL

  2. Show how the production of an Inspector calls enhanced the script and furthered your ...

    When I went to the production of an inspector call it furthered my understanding of Shelia by the way that when she confesses about her part in Eva Smiths. She went to the front of the stage and the light shone on her most and it made it fell like she was asking your opinion like a judge and jury.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work