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An inspector calls - analysis of production.

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This was a Royal National theatre Production and it was performed on "Thursday 3rd April 2003 in the New Theatre in Cardiff south Wales Plot The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. The questions he asks everyone relating to the case reveal that they all have secrets linking them to the demise of this young girl. The Use of time Timing of entrances and exits is crucial. For example, when the Inspector arrives immediately after Birling has told Gerald about his impending knighthood and about how "a man has to look after himself and his own." Without this we would not see the dramatic irony or, might not even perceive the inspector as a mystical being. His timing in situations makes us believe that he is entering or exiting at just the right time to manipulate the suspect easily leading us to believe that he is good at what he does or knows more than a normal man would. ...read more.


but it also dramatizes the inspector entrance showing he is someone of importance, the costume at this point is pretty simple as the Mr Birling, Gerald and Eric and in formal dress e.g. dinner jackets dickey bow's etc. Shelia is in long white Edwardian ensemble that has a bustle on the back. Her, mother Sybil has long red and black dress on it also had a bustle, and there beads attached at the shoulders. These garments are a symbolic statement of there wealth, Sybil's seems to have more of a purpose as it could be taken as a metaphor for her attitude. Red is quite an outlandish 3 the inspectors face suggesting that he is a little unknown or mysterious Sheila's Confession Sheila is brought out of the comfort of her own home and she is brought from those close to her, this makes her more insecure making it easier to acquire the truth from her, now she is on the dark, dirty, wet street now she is in a very uncomfortable environment and an alien environment to her she has no support now. If the inspector did not exclude her she might not have confessed Sheila's is dressed in an elegant long white dress she also has a diamond necklace on her hair is long and curly her appearance signifying her sophistication and taste of beautiful garments which leads on to the confession. ...read more.


He talks about how we are members of one body and should take care of each other. I feel this speech is all what Priestley is trying to say in this one speech given by the inspector, the conscience of the play. He says that if this lesson is not learned then they will be taught it "in fire and blood and anguish". This was said excellently in the production. He had a stern look on his face that made my hairs stand on end, as it was so harsh yet meaningful. It showed exactly what Priestley wanted, to show the audience and the Birlings that if they don't take notice now then the consequences will get worse, as in war. War with blood, fire and anguish. Like the one Priestley served in himself. Perhaps this play was J. B. Priestley's feelings of World War I, an emotion unleashed in his writing. Over all the production was fairly well done. I don't think Priestley would have turned in his grave, yet I don't think he would have given it a standing ovation. His views and criticisms did come through in the production. The play was a moralistic mystery that made the audience think. It gives you time to change your actions towards others. That is before an Inspector calls on you, to teach you in 'blood and fire and in anguish. END Aaron Evans Year 10 Drama Coursework Page 1 of 4 ...read more.

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