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Dear Felicity, Please find attached some information concerning our play 'An Inspector Calls,' which I am sure you will find helpful for your role as Sheila - I hope you find this information helpful and if you need any further details please contact me.

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Dear Felicity, Please find attached some information concerning our play 'An Inspector Calls,' which I am sure you will find helpful for your role as Sheila. I hope you find this information helpful and if you need any further details please contact me. Firstly, the play is set in 1912, which was two years before the outbreak of the First World War. It was in the Edwardian Era, when Britain had a large empire and was a very wealthy country. We had an unrivalled Navy and times were good for middle class people such as the Birlings. It was not so good though for the working class such as Eva Smith as there was little or no legislation and workers were exploited. There was no Welfare state and for the majority of people it was an uncomfortable time mainly due to serious flaws in the society. This is a condensed version of the plot: After the Inspector interviews Sheila she is dismissed but refuses to go and argues with Gerald, her fianc�. The secret of Eric's drinking is revealed and Gerald tells how he met Eva in the palace music hall, she wanted to talk and he found some food for her as she had not eaten. At first he felt sorry for her, their affair ended in September. Mrs. Birling pretends not to recognise the photograph of Eva and Sheila realises she is lying. The Inspector is uninterested in Eric's departure. ...read more.

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This made her feel miserable, guilty and ashamed of any part she had in the death of Eva. The Inspector explained that this young woman had consumed disinfectant, which had taken her several hours to die. Sheila cried out in emotion and distress: "Oh-how horrible! Was it an accident?" This taunted Sheila and she couldn't stop thinking about the young girl destroying her life so horribly. This section focuses on what happens to Sheila in Act 2 and how her part should be played. Sheila wanted to be present while the Inspector questioned the other suspects because she felt entirely to blame and responsible for what had occurred. Listening to the Inspector asking the questions and obtaining answers might help to share the guilt. You should listen carefully to Gerald's story and your expressions should reflect his answers. When you hand Gerald the engagement ring back, you should say the lines with strength, emotion and meaningfulness: "But just in case you forget - or decide not to come back, Gerald, I think you'd better take this with you." The following speech made by Sheila should be said full of emotion, honesty and with an open heart: "I don't dislike you as I did half an hour ago, Gerald... We'd have to start all over again, getting to know each other." In the speech you, as Sheila, would explain how much she respects Gerald more than she had done before for being truthful. ...read more.

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Your ready to go on in the same old way." This should be said seriously and disbelievingly by Sheila. She cannot believe that they are prepared to disregard the matter and go back to their old ways. People should be prepared to change for the better and accept that in some instances changes of mind do take place and we must be prepared for flexibility so that changes can happen. Sheila says: "No, not yet. It's too soon. I must think." This is said by Sheila after Gerald offers her the engagement ring back. It should be said with apprehension and confusion because she is not prepared to go back to old standards. If she is to accept a reconciliation he must change his attitudes for the better, she does not wish to enter into a quick decision. You must remember Sheila has an attractive and essentially honest character, she lacks the cold-blooded attitude of her parents but is much more sensitive than the other characters. She identifies with the dead girl and realises that by abandoning her false pride she can have an honest relationship with herself and others. Because of these characteristics and key points the part of Sheila must be played with conviction, emotion, confidence, agitation and energetically. I hope this information, which I am sending will be of great benefit to your role as Sheila, I have no doubt of the potential which you have shown in your acting career and hope that these notes will give you the inspiration to fulfil the character. Yours truly, Brendan Luke. ...read more.

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