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    An Inspector calls - A letter to Mr.smith from Mr J B Priestly.

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    You could make the atmosphere tenser by advising the characters to use very overwrought facial expressions and movements. You could also use atmospheric music as the audience are waiting for the play to start. This will make them suspicious of the things to come and they will start to prefigure that something bad or mysterious is going to happen. As well as the music, the lighting should be quite dull and focus in on specific characters. For example, when the Inspector starts to question Sheila a spotlight should be focused on her as soon as she says "When was this?"

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  2. An inspector calls - theatre review

    The production we saw was at Nottinghams own Theatre Royal, I would like to outline the plot and introduce the characters involved, both the character and the actors who play them. First is the Birling family. Played by David Roper there's the head of the family and father of two Arthur, let's not mention how he a considerable amount of times echoes his jobs as a magistrate and a mayor (or at least previous jobs), this man possesses shear arrogance and a callous personality.

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  3. inspector calls

    From what we know this is, as the name suggests, a charity to help all women in need. We find out in act 2 that the organisation was contacted by Eva smith when she was pregnant. She gave her name as Mrs Birling, using the name of the man whom had impregnated her. Mrs. Birling herself was completely shocked when she found out about this and forced the committee to refuse financial hope to because of snobbery at the fact that someone used her family name. This leads us to ask why someone would be elected as chairman or aloud to be, if they were so proud and ungiving.

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  4. The Immigrant

    Many of them are regulars on the route; however we have never exchanged words. Everyone seems to mind their own business and just get on with the normal stream of life. Interaction seems too come second to work, as many of the passengers immediately reach for their cell phones and laptops, all attempting to pre-occupy themselves and escape from this monotonous reality. Cupping my hands and rubbing them on my cheeks, I can feel each individual bristle of hair, sharp and rough... and silently tickling my sliding palm. My mind begins to daze, staring at the people in the near by cars, time seems to s- t- o- p...., as though we are travelling through a v-o-r-t-e-x ...

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  5. The Government Inspector was a hilarious and creative satire based on the 1830's script of Ukrainian-born writer Nikolai Gogol. The director, Adam Cook, of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, brought to life

    When mistaking the government inspector with another person the story revealed the corruption, backstabbing and gossipy nature of the main characters. The primary theme of The Government Inspector is about 'status anxiety'. The character's need to have their existence validated is so extreme that the clarity of their vision is hilariously unclear while we watch them fawning over an impostor. The comment from the governor, "You don't say! An illustrious guest like you to be subjected to such annoyance at the hands of-whom?

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  6. Choose a play which you have seen and which you particularly enjoyed and discuss the aspects which made it successful. "The Wizard Of Oz" at the Birmingham Repertory theatre.

    of the vast array of characters are purely fictional fantasy but even so we are still willing Dorothy along on her quest, hoping she will succeed (even if we know that everything will be happily ever after in the end). This is because we have willingly suspended our disbelief and have allowed ourselves to be sucked into this magical world. Personally I think that this works particularly well in this play because whilst we know this is one hundred per cent fiction, while we are in that theatre we still believe everything that is happening.

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  7. As each character got inspected by the Inspector, the limelight shone on them. This was an interesting use of the lights because in reality that person would have been under the spotlight when they got questioned by the Inspector

    The main theme of the opening was power. It was clear from the start that that was going to be a major theme in the rest of the play. The production started with the sound of the siren (representing World War 1) and with the curtains down. After a minute or so a little boy came on stage and shuffled the curtain material around a bit. After a while, two more kids joined him on stage and this was when the curtains were lifted. One of the other major themes in the introduction was social standing.

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  8. Contextualising Metamorphosis

    Metamorphosis was first performed in London July 1969 at the round house as Berkoff's theatre production. Growing up Berkoff studied drama in London and Paris and his plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and languages, whether people wanted to listen (like Kafka's family) or they couldn't understand the play, Berkoff was trying to put across a message just like the character Gregor to his family but the family just couldn't understand. Berkoff has acted in commercial films known as 'Beverly Hills Cop' and 'A Clock Work Orange'.

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  9. Post-Fordism is the appearance of new sharp of organization of production, tendency of consumption and modal of regulation. It is a movement beyond the Fordism.

    Post-Fordism adopts more flexible m9nufacturing system. The flexible system emphasizes more on the quality of production rather than the quantity. It shifts the ability of system from economies of scale to economies of scope. Robin Murry highlights a series of production changes ''across there have been change in product life and product innovation, with shorter, flexible runs and a wider wide range of product on offer; changes in stock control, with just-in-time methods removing the need to hold large amounts of costly stock; and changes in design and marketing in response to an increasingly diverse pattern of consumption demand.''(www.hmse.edu 'from Fordism to Post-Fordism').

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  10. An Act of a script using director's instructions and dialogue

    (No reply) Why do you keep disobeying my rules? I have them for a purpose...so you do not get hurt! ANGELA: No you do not; you have rules so you can make sure I have no fun! MOTHER: That is not true at all, what would have happened if you had burned yourself, then dropped that match and set fire to the house. Who could have saved you if I was upstairs, and you were nowhere near an exit? (No response except a slight shuffling) You better start obeying my rules or things are going to get very unpleasant round here.

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  11. Explain how different staging of 'An Inspector Calls' can make the audience react to the play differently.

    When the Inspector arrives, he interrupts the family's party and we feel as if our evening has been disturbed as well. We only hear about Eva Smith/Daisy Renton in this version when the Inspector questions each character. This interrogation causes a whole story to unfold about her character but we never actually meet her in person. In spite of not meeting her, we still feel quite sorry for her as we hear what happened. In the 1954 film version, once again we are in the dining room.

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  12. How sustainable are thermal power stations and biogas plants?

    They generate electricity by burning coal, oil or gas, which gives off carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and dust. The input resources are not only rapidly becoming scarce, but are difficult and dangerous to collect from the ground with occasional oil spills, along with damage to the environment. They are also non-renewable and mean this type of power production using these most efficient resources will not be able to continue into the future. The waste products of fossil fuels pollute the atmosphere consequently affecting the increasing problem of acid rain and radioactivity. The large cooling towers are considered an eyesore in the landscape, and must be positioned next to a river for cooling; therefore the water is heated, and affects the natural environment.

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  13. Satire in the government inspector.

    * Uses laughter as a weapon by employing humor and wit in the form of irony, innuendo, or derision. * Using these tools, satirists force us to examine things from a different perspective to achieve enlightenment. * Ultimate goal: to improve society, to make us aware of our flaws. Satire in "The Government Inspector" * Paints a picture of absolute power and mechanisms of totalitarianism. * Theme: government corruption. * Use of satire employs wit in the form of irony to expose human folly in Tsarist Russia. * Satirizes the corruptible nature of power, the cupidity and stupidity of bureaucratic officials.

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  14. Five Forces analysis.

    To begin a theatre, there must be done a lot. For example, there must be building, which is big enough to house a lot of spectators. That is not the only demand: the building must have a good ventilation system, a good temperature installation, good music installations, enough parking space, proper sanitaria, bars and restaurants for extra service and income, good personnel, rooms for the actors and so on. This is quite expensive and therefore, the theatre needs extra grants of the different Councils.

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  15. An Inspector Calls: A Theatre Review.

    Ian McNeil's scenery includes a large Edwardian doll's house, perched and stilted in the cobbled streets of post-Blitz Britain. The visual centrepiece that is the house balanced on its post in all its disfigurement, seems to resemble the barrier between its inhabitants and society; the front of the house swinging open when vulnerable, it falling down when broken and it rising again when rebuilt. The house is also grotesquely small, whereas the family seem extremely big - to metaphor their overblown egos. The house being raised on stilts shows how the Birlings feel the mute people in the street are socially beneath them.

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  16. How the legacy of stage lighting affects today's productions.

    In 1863, a piece of lime heated in a flame of hydrogen and oxygen gave the famous Lime Light. Then as domestic lighting changed to the use of gas, the Drury Lane Theatre was the first to master the art in 1845. Henry Irving instigated more changes than any previous theatre designer between 1878 and 1898. He was the first person to used coloured glass in front of lights, the first to use electric light, the first to paint the bulbs for effect and the first to think of dimming the house lights so the result of his ideas really showed up.

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  17. How is the main interior, the Berling's dining room portrayed in the 1940s film version?

    After all, the one thing that everyone remembers best, even after seeing the most fantastic things on a holiday, is the food. It could almost become a saying that if the food and the room setting are good the host will be remembered. These aspects have obviously been applied to the Berling's dining room. The most important contents are: a solid wood table with chairs as the dining table; comfortable seats covered with various throws not far from the dining table; a chandelier hung from the ceiling; a 'candle-stick' telephone and a variety of alcoholic drinks in decanters displayed on a trolley.

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  18. An Inspector Calls

    We should not behave like Mr Birling and we should not live in isolation. I think that all of the Birlings are played to behave in the opposite way to this so that we, the audience, can see how stupid and false they look as it is hard to see ourselves like this in everyday life when we are behaving the same. 'An Inspector Calls' is such a unique play because it fails to meet the audience's expectations of a conventional plot-the inspector is not at all what he seems, and he has not come to find out facts about a suicide, as first appears.

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  19. The Dumb Waiter Assignment - Who has the most power? How do they control the discourse?

    Gus has the highest MLU in this script, but this doesn't necessarily mean that as he speaks more, he will be the one in power. Gus doesn't need to speak so much to answer Ben, but he speaks in interrupted and disjointed constructions, therefore increasing his word count and decreasing his status of power in this conversation. Ben doesn't need to say a lot to make what he is saying effective. Bens short, sharp answers show power, as they don't reveal emotion and opinion, just facts.

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

    Assistant Manager - The Assistant Manager deputises for the Manager and is responsible for the matinees and evening events. Administrator - Is responsible for all the administration as well as the supervision of the office staff. Sales Manager - The Sales Manager is responsible for sales and marketing, promotions and advertising and the supervision of the bookings office. Catering Manager - The Catering Manager is responsible for the preparation and sale of refreshments. Secretary - Is responsible for general word processing and office work.

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  21. On the evening of January 21st, I, along with other pupils from Tiffin Girls' School went to the Playhouse Theatre to see the production of 'An Inspector Calls'.

    The backdrop was of a fiercely clouded sky. The whole set was set roughly just after the Second World War. I could tell this from not only having read the program, but also because the set on whole looked like a bombsite. The house however was set in the Edwardian times because of its designing and shape. Once the actors starting stepping out and I saw what costumes they were wearing, the idea that the inside of the house and everybody in it was set roughly around the time period of 1912.

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  22. Dear Mr Priestley - I have recently been studying your play 'An Inspector Calls'

    In my opinion the inspector's purpose in the play was to make the family see that there ignorance and impertinence could very easily cause a normal person to steep to extreme measures to survive and eventually commit suicide. The inspector's speech was very dramatic, I thought it was a very good summary of the message the inspector was trying to get across to the family which was ' Just because someone isn't of the same social class does not mean to say they are a lower life form and that it is ok to disrespect and take advantage of them'.

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  23. Our last lesson was about a play written by John Godber called Bouncers. It's about four men who work in a nightclub. It is also about their lives and the people they are approached by or come in contact with.

    and Maureen (one of the women getting her hair cut). All in all Eric undergoes eighteen character transformations. John Godber has used many theatre techniques in this play such as mime, thoughts aloud and character transformation. All of the characters are involved with at least is involved with one or more of those examples. Eric's character is involved in transformations, thoughts aloud and mime. Eric uses character transformations the most although he does use thoughts aloud four times. In Bouncers we learn there is more to bouncers than just being big fat bald (or balding)

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  24. Show how the production of an Inspector calls enhanced the script and furthered your understanding of the play. Refer to themes and characters in your analysis.

    She seems to be the one who develops most in the script and play. From the opening description of her, followed by her account of her getting Eva Smith the sack - which shows her as a spoilt, self - centred brat. She soon seems to face up to her part in Eva Smith's death and talks about the guilt she feels. Act 1 "Its the only time I have ever done anything like that and ill never do it again to anybody". She faces up to her future husband's unpleasant truths and of course her family, especially her father.

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