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"An Inspector Calls" Coursework "How would you bring out the key themes and ideas of "An Inspector Calls" in a performance? The play "An Inspector Calls" is set within the dining room of a wealthy Midlands family in 1912, the play was written in 1945 by J.B. Priestley. In 1912 there were many similar families to the Birling's who were trying to raise their social standing and look down on those they considered to be of a lower class. This attitude to class structure of selfishness, greed and the rich looking and pushing down on the poor is illustrated throughout the play and fits in with the mood of the times in 1945 when social change was being called for by many people. Although, The Royal National Theatre Production transports the set to the post-Blitz period, with a dark and powerful opening scene of children playing on a bombsite and the actors can be heard rather than seen. The main themes that J.B. Priestley explored in the play are; the hierarchy of social classes and how this was based on hypocrisy and selfishness, the conflict between generations and that people should take responsibility. ...read more.

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Eric has a lot of guilt because he got her pregnant. Eric and Sheila feel a lot more guilt than Mr and Mrs Birling they feel a lot more responsible for the death of Eva Smith. I would have Eric keep filling his drink up and he takes off his tie and undoes his top two buttons and takes his blazer off, Sheila could untie her hair and can't stand still, keeps moving around the room. But Mr and Mrs Birling would still be very calm and not moved because they feel no sympathy towards her and this would show the audience that Mr and Mrs Birling are pretty heartless. There is a different class between Mr Croft and Mr Birling. Throughout the play all the Birlings and Mr Croft treat Eva Smith as if they are of a higher class. With Mr Croft he believes that he can just use her and then get rid of her. As if she is a lower class individual. To show this I might have Mr Croft on a higher piece of the stage and Eva Smith looking up to him this will give the feeling of sympathy for Eva Smith. ...read more.

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In the final part of the play I would try to illustrate Sheila's fears and that she and Eric have changed and by the tones in their voices being tense and nervous and the movement of their bodies towards leaving the room illustrating their uncertainty and fear of how Mr and Mrs Birling haven't changed or learnt from the experience. Thus illustrating the children have rebelled and the family as a unit have collapsed. Whilst in the Royal National Theatre production this breaking up is illustrated by the Birling's house actually collapsing and throwing debris everywhere. This final act needs to have dramatic lighting and tension portrayed in Mr Birling's voice when he says "a police inspector is on his way..." The dramatic act of the curtain falling leaves the audience to contemplate the moral theme of the play. With the strong message of if you have a chance to repair what you have done wrong do it, don't try to hide it or forget it; acknowledge responsibility for your actions. This message is as strong now, as it was in 1945. ?? ?? ?? ?? Andy McAlister ...read more.

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