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"An Inspector Calls" is a play written by J.B. Priestley in 1945.

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An Inspector Calls "An Inspector Calls" is a play written by J.B. Priestley in 1945. He set the play in 1912 about a family of Capitalists who don't realise how their actions affect other people. In 1954 a film adaptation directed by Guy Hamilton was produced, and subsequently in 1992 a Royal National Theatre production, directed by Stephen Daldry, was created. The themes of the play are related to JB Priestley's own viewpoints as a socialist, so that he can convey his message whoever reads the play. Primarily the main theme of the play is the Capitalists dominance, and their relationship with the Socialists. Other themes of the play include sense of community, male dominance and inequality. I have decided to stage a section of the play from where Eric says "He could laugh his head off- if I knew it really was all a hoax", to the end. My play will be set in the modern day; I have decided to do this as the themes of Capitalist and Labour, inequality and power of the wealthy are still hugely relevant today. Furthermore in doing so the play will attract a greater audience, appealing to the younger generation. I believe if I kept the play set in 1912 the audience would feel that it was massively outdated and many people would soon become disinterested, and consequently neglect the message of the play. The play will be set in a beautiful mansion suggesting the powerful status of the Birling's. ...read more.

Middle

Birling, Eric supports her and is not the front figure. His voice is confident and assertive. Gerald is an attractive man who is in his thirties, he is tall and arrogant. His voice is cocky and self-assured. A good example of this is where he says to Sheila, "Everything's all right now, Sheila. What about this ring?" This illustrates that he is overly-confident because despite his affair and everything that has happened he assumes Sheila will still want to marry him. All the men are dressed suits, and the women in dresses. They look sophisticated and modern. All the characters except for Sheila and Eric, speak in a posh accent. Contrastingly Eric and Sheila speak in strong Brumley accents; this is to underline how they become different from the others in learning their lesson, and also for the audience to identify with them as being characters that are normal. At the start of the section I'm staging, the lighting will be a soft blue colour. I feel that the colour blue connotes calm and tranquillity, and here the family and Gerald believe Eva not to be dead and that the inspector was playing a hoax. The family feels as if they have done nothing wrong, suiting the colour of the light. It changes to a harder blue when Gerald decisively says, "We can settle this at once", reason being this is a moment of tension and suspense as they will discover if Eva really committed suicide. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the original text this is where the play ends and the curtains fall as they stare at each other guiltily. However I thought that this ending, although leaving the audience wondering who the inspector was lacked something. I decided that when Birling tells the rest of them the news, Sheila bursts in tears, and Eric goes into an uncontrollable rage. This when he pulls out a gun from inside his jacket, he is crying and points the gun at Mrs. Birling saying, "You didn't care what would happen to my child". He shoots Mrs. Birling and then realising what he has done points the gun at himself and pulls the trigger. Justification for him doing this is in the original text where he is nearly at breaking point when he says to his mother, "You killed her... your own grandchild- you killed them both- damn you..." Also the text says that he almost threateningly says to his mother, "you don't understand anything'. Therefore I don't think it is inconceivable that Eric would do this. Eric shoots himself because he realises what an awful thing he has done and knows he could not live on having done such a thing. The music Love theme from Romeo and Juliet (kissing you) by Des'ree is playing and the lighting is dark. This is to create a truly moving atmosphere, and it should be incredibly sad. Then the curtain drops as you hear Sheila and Mr. Birling scream. I don't think this version would lose the meaning of the play. It would still show all the key themes, as well dramatizing the play for a modern audience. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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