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An Inspector Calls – a Review.

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AN INSPECTOR CALLS - A Review. The year is 1912. The Birlings are celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, when they are interrupted by the visit of one Inspector Goole. Goole begins interrogating the family about the death of a woman who supposedly had various contacts with each member of the family. These reminiscences caused poignant regrets and consequences to them. They discover that he was not in fact an Inspector, thus providing a short- lived relief from the antagonising truths, which they had just confronted. The ambiguity of the play rests in the eerie fact that Birling receives a telephone call from the police regarding the topic pushed by the impostor inspector only minutes before, suggesting a preview of the future. An Inspector Calls is a play about consequences and ambiguity, themes that were well represented by impression given by the surreal and symbolic set, as one entered the Performing Arts Centre at Llandovery College. The audience took their seats, and the mystery began. The appropriate mood and atmosphere was established through the agitated music combined with the eerie visual effects, of the skilled Richard Williams and Ben Wells, directed and supervised by technical stage manager, Nesta Lloyd-Jones of the Lower sixth Drama group. ...read more.


A superb back-drop of early 20th century decor set the scene for the intense drama which plays with time in order to pose questions regarding certain grey areas of our existence such as how one action can affect the life of another; how our lives can be catalysts and whether we learn by taking responsibility for our mistakes. These complicated concepts were pulled off marvellously and, always indicative of a huge success, members of the audience were left discussing issues raised throughout the evening as they left for home on Tuesday. The continuous action surrounds the refined Birling family and picks up one evening in 1912 as the family celebrate daughter Sheila's engagement to the equally refined Gerald Croft. Intellectual conversation and united appreciation of the port comes to a premature halt however, with the sudden and somewhat unwelcome appearance of the mysterious Inspector Goole, played Players' veteran John McIlwreith. From the moment he strides into the immaculate dining room the sinister inspector easily assumes control in the Birling household, his awesome pres ence dominating both mentally and physically, and altering their lives irreparably for ever. . ...read more.


Disappearing as suddenly as he made his entrance, the family were left in a state of confusion, perhaps at one point wondering whether he ever existed at all. In the wake of the visit questions remain un answered and hover in the air like a bad smell until the final twist when all is, well, not revealed. For those who have yet to experience the atmosphere of the Birling's dining room, seats are still available for tonight's (Friday's) and tomorrow's final performances and tickets, priced at �4 can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre or by ringing (01260) 273947. CAST: Arthur Birling: Peter Nicholson; Gerald Croft: Philip Hope; Sheila Birling: Rachael Hibbert; Sybil Birling: Doris McGowan; Edna: Rachel Jack son; Eric Birling: Richard Copestick; Inspector Goole; John McIlwreith. PRODUCTION TEAM: Producer and director: Annabelle Hull; stage manager: Jill Mason; assistant stage manager: Lorna Jackson; artistic director: John Wilcox; set designed by: Tony Ansell and Annabelle Hull; furniture designed by: John Hull; set and furniture built by: John Wilcox and John Hull; set dressed by: Pamela Mein; properties: Pamela Mein and Ernest Harrison; lighting: Martin Lawton; sound: Jill Mason; costume: Ann Kelly; front of house co-ordinator: Julie Kennerley; front of house manager: Brian Jefferson; catering: Dorothy Robinson; publicity: Doreen Cliff and Mary Edwards; box office: Margaret Hoult. J.N. ...read more.

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