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Comparing a television version of "An Inspector Calls" with the book.

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Introduction

The production that I viewed of "An Inspector Calls" was a television version. I occasionally feel that television versions sometimes kill the intentions, to entertain and to stimulate the audience. When I read "An Inspector Calls" I had a version in my head to help me imagine the play in the way that I hope J.B. Priestley would have wanted it to be. But when I watched the television version I felt it didn't actually give the play justice. At the beginning of the play, J.B. Priestley gives a very detailed amount of stage settings, lighting and character descriptions. I felt that these were so detailed as Priestley wanted the mood of the first scene to linger throughout the whole play. For example "The general effect is substantial and heavily comfortable, but not cosy and home like." I felt that this was actually taken in to account, as the extremely large table was the central point of the beginning. The size of the table showed that although the characters were a family, they weren't close. At the very beginning of the production we were being led through some very grand doors, to show a 'perfect� family enjoying a family celebration. ...read more.

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This shows that although Birling had become greedy and has forgot where he came from. He has no respect for the lower class which is why he sacked 'Eva Smith� and "cannot accept responsibility" for her death. I felt that the performance could have made a more dramatic effect of her death. Most of the actors didn't seem too bothered that someone had died. I feel that death is such an extreme thing that the actors could have showed more emotion. Margaret Tyzack made a very good job as Sybil Birling. Her cold looks and stern voice made her come across as the vindictive middle aged woman of the performance. The actress made a good job at showing how Mrs Birling thought her family were near to perfect, when actually she couldn't have been more wrong. This was when she was questioned on her actions of rejecting 'the girl's� plea for help from the Brumley Women's Charity Organisation, the charity that Mrs. Birling happened to be in the seat of. Mrs. Birling was the only character that remained untouched by the inspector's harsh but true words. ...read more.

Conclusion

Gerald Croft was also played well by Simon Ward. In the play he appeared to be the perfect gentleman, about to marry into a perfect life with the perfect partner. However as shown in the performance he was also in a web of lies. Simon Ward used a variety of facial gestures to show the character's part well. Especially when Sheila said 'He knows everything� about the Inspector. On the face of it Gerald appears to regret what happened with he 'girl�. The aim of 'An Inspector Calls� is to make people more aware of how they treat others. As in 'every action has a consequence�. The play was written in 1945, yet it was set in 1912. Therefore J. B. Priestley had the benefit of comments about the titanic and how there was no possibility of war. I liked this cliffhanger ending as the audience gets to decide the ending. It was done well in the play as the characters were shown to be absolutely stunned. Then the titles rolled for the end cue, leaving the viewer with the opportunity to change their ways Over all the production was fairly well done. His views and criticisms did come through in the production. The play was a mystery that made the audience think. It gives you time to change your actions towards others. ...read more.

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