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    How would you direct An Inspector Calls to ensure that it is still relevant today?

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    This means that the new setting must still be able to foreshadow future events that will take place, to keep the sense of dramatic irony. For example, Priestly writes Birling: The world's developing so fast that it'll make war impossible.....Why, a friend of mine went over this new liner last week - The Titanic - she sails next week....and unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable. The setting of this play is before world war one and two, and also the sinking of the Titanic, thus showing Birling foreshadowing future events, and adding to the dramatic irony.

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  2. Direct Line Insurance. The investigations focus was the decision to cease writing their own bespoke software in favor of purchasing an off the shelf CRM (Customer Relation Management) solution

    Wholly owned by The Royal Bank of Scotland it has been selling insurance since 1985. Direct Line did away with the indirect insurance sales model, with its high street branch broker network, exorbitant commission fees and customer unfriendly attitudes, and set out to offer low-cost motor insurance direct to the consumer via the telephone. Focusing on achieving customer satisfaction at all costs, the company quickly became known for its helpful, accessible and easy-to-understand approach. From its origins in Corydon with 63 staff selling motor insurance over the phone, the company has expanded steadily over the last 15 years.

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  3. One of the scenarios we developed was a letter sent to an inspector by a criminal with some information for the officer. It started by us setting the mood for the scene by having the lights off

    a murder or something else, we also got the idea of doing a comedy on money which was stolen from a bank in London and a policeman on an investigation. From the poster in the red barn we got the idea of doing a murder mystery where two lovers don't get on and one gets the other killed. Also we had a similar play where a husband murders the wife for cheating on him.

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  4. Imaginary Story

    Look, there is a special retailer selling stuff for Aliens. I should get something. How exciting it is!' She began to spin her books using her head and two arms. 'But, Sally, you should read something useful, Inspector Dixon was just...SALLY!' It was too late. She already had snatched my 'The cottage of blood' and spun it using her thumb. 'Can you do it? Can you do it?' Sally was grinning at me and I could not bear any longer. 'SALLY! I HAVEN'T FINISHED MY BOOK! HOW DARE YOU TAKE MY INSPECTOR DIXON AWAY FROM ME?

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  5. The Black Hole

    Officer Freeman decided to do a search around the site where the body was found . Several officers were assigned to the operation . "I'll have you four searching the river and you three come with me to do a finger tip search of where the body was found." "Yes sir." As the men searched along the river something very odd was found by one of the officers . He called over to D.I. Freeman "Sir , come here quick."

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  6. What do you find particularly horrifying about the world Forster creates in

    More frightening than this, and so this is truly scary, is the lifestyle the Machine is described as giving in the story. The people need only push a button and whatever they require will appear there at their fingertips. This seems like a comfortable enough life, but instead of having more control under The Machine, it is in fact the exact opposite. With The Machine an almost constant life of luxury is created, but the question presents itself of what the luxury is based on.

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  7. 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' by Dario Fo - A Plot Summary

    This shows that he is an anarchist himself and an activist. So he is going to do something about the death of the anarchist and he is hardly afraid of anything. When the phone rings he doesn't hesitate to answer it and finds Inspector PISSANI at the other end of the line. He talks to him, provokes him and makes BERTOZZO look like an idiot. After the phone call he starts to remove his disguise and dresses up as a judge using BERTOZZO's coat and hat.

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  8. Analysis of a Key - PassageThe Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol

    The essential dramatic element of the play, the unwitting deception between Khlestakov and the Governor, begins in this passage. The Governor believes that Khlestakov is the rumored Inspector from Moscow, while Khlestakov believes that the Governor is going to arrest him because he has not paid his rent (lines 67-75) 2. On the surface, the reason for this absurd and comical deception seems to stem from misfortune and accident, but a closer analysis of the passage reveals deeper social conditions of Tsarist Russia under which the deception takes place.

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  9. Tom Stoppard's play The Real Inspector Hound - Plot and subplot

    Within in the message a strange man who is acting very suspiciously and matching the description of the madman on the Radio. He also doesn't see the dead body. He leaves the room without Mrs Drudge ever knowing that he was there. Then we return to "Moon" and "Birdboot" who carries on the conversation that "Birdboot" is an adulteress and is having "a romance" by the women actresses in many of the plays he goes to watch. Mrs Drudge re -enters and she is standing over the phone and then conveniently the phone rings and she automatically picks it up.

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  10. How would you direct Act One Scene Two of A Midsummer's Nights Dream, to create comedy for the audience?

    On his recital of the two stanzas of poetry I would direct him to step forward and dramatically deliver the lines with serious conviction, which is looked on with awe by the men but seen humorously for its pretentiousness by the audience. On the line, "What is Thisby? A wand'ring knight?" Flu, whom I would cast as being large and particularly hairy, would stand on the bench gallantly with a foot on the table and his fists clenched to accentuate the humour in the fact he has to play the woman of the play.

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  11. In Naturalism, characters do not have free will; external and internal forces, environment, or heredity control their behaviour.

    It is obvious that the narrator is a third person and is omniscient. The all-knowing character (of the narrator) and the ability to slip in and out of characters as no human being possibly could were prominent. The narrator reports the thoughts and feeling of Therese, for example," A sort of nausea seized her in the throat and she shuddered." The passage shows that the narrator is not neutral. He does not obliterate the thoughts and actions of the characters. The writer wants the reader to feel sympathy for Therese. The image of death that the writer uses to describe Therese's feeling clearly wants us to feel sympathy for Therese.

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  12. Direct Cinema.

    Together with Drew they made a total of nineteen pioneering films for television, beginning in 1960 with Primary. In this documentary, for the first time, the audience was able to follow a person (in this case presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey) moving from a car, through a corridor, into a hall where he is about to give a speech and all in one shot! Drew saw direct cinema as a 'theatre without actors' and so the group concentrated on subjects who were so absorbed by their work that they almost forgot the camera.

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  13. 20th Century Drama Assignment: 'The Best Years of Your Life'.

    Mk Scene (S) 2 Page (P) 5 This shows that he is craving information. Then, later on in S4, Mk hesitates and tiptoes around using the word 'Cancer'. 'Well you know with-' Mk S4 P10 He then tries to cheer Rob up a bit by telling him that they would go somewhere together, 'Now that you're 'ome...So, where would you like to go?' Mk S4 P10 He then tries to lighten the mood even more by cracking a daft joke in response to his father saying that he is going to put the kettle on, 'It won't suit you Dad' Mk S4 P11 In the next scene, it is the day after and Rob needs his pills so Mk decides to help, 'D'you wanna hand?'

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  14. Play: Dealer's Choice by Patrick Marber Character: Mugsy Act 3 Scene 2 to the end of page 75

    Generally his movements would be quite defined and show what he is feeling. When sitting at the table, I would slouch when Mugsy is sad, and sit up and bounce on the chair when ebullient (e.g. when winning or with a good hand). His walk would also reflect this, as he would be quite springy on his toes and upright when happy, and shuffling and hunched when annoyed or upset. His movement would be generally light; when he shuffles it would be quite simian, as he would be slightly hunched, but still quite light and gentle.

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  15. Unman, Wittering and Zigo

    Head: Hmmmmmm..... Inspector: The day he fell off. What happened at school during that day? Head: erm.......... Nothing much..... Oh yes I remember it was a half-day. All students went home at lunchtime. Inspector: ....... And what time did the death occur? Head: Round around 4.30pm Inspector: Interesting........ Something tells me that Mr Pelham didn't fall off and in actual fact he was pushed off... Head: What makes you say that? Inspector: Well firstly, the letter from Basil. Read it...... in it says that he advised the other boys to kill Mr Pelham and secondly during my interviewing of the boys many-hinted that Pelham had been pushed off the cliff.

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  16. Rebecca - "Scene where rebbeca confronts Mrs Danvers"

    Hitchcock uses has a close up shot of the girl and this helps us see the girl's emotions clearly. The girl wants to confront Mrs Danvers to reveal why Danvers is teasing her. Eerie music makes it breathtaking. The girl then walks in the direction of Rebecca's bedroom and her hat falls off while travelling up the set of steps. This may have been chosen by Hitchcock, because he wanted a stimulating scene when she confronts Mrs Danvers, and if she was wearing a hat it would look silly. Also there wouldn't be good enough close ups of the girl.

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  17. Accidental death of an anarchist

    consequences for the public as he posed as a surgeon, a captain in the Bersaglieri, three times as a bishop and once as a marine engineer. What is my character's personality. The Maniac is exceptionally intelligent and does not ever let on precisely how knowledgeable he is on the subject of the "accidental death of the anarchist". Although on the exterior he is seemingly mad he is in fact only harmful to those who have done wrong, as he is persistently pressing for justice to be achieved.

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  18. You are the new 'Sheila' in the West End production of 'An Inspector Calls'. You must understand your character as if she was a best friend or living your life, what would she do? How would she do it?

    When talking to Birling (played by Arthur Lowe) you must look to him with much respect and admiration, as he is your father. He has never done anything to appear a bad father in the past and you look up to him. Show warm body movements and positive facial expressions. Smile as much as you can when talking to him and show a genuine like in your eyes. Do not lean into 'Birling's' direction as you are with your fianc´┐Ż and you must appear very much in love with him, leaning into him could appear flirtatious and that is not the character reference we are trying to imply.

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  19. Directing the Engagement Party of Sheila and Gerald

    I would a big light at the middle of the ceiling and some small lights at the wall and I would make two lights on Sheila and Gerald. I would make a big cake and a lot of small candles on the top of the cake and I would make up the bride nicely and the dress I would make it white I would make a black suit for Gerald.

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