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Dear Miss J. Smith, My name is ... , I am writing to inform you about a forthcoming play that will be directing called 'An Inspector Calls' written in 1945 by J.B Priestley and I would like you to play one of the leading roles in the play - Sheila Birling. Rehearsals of the play will begin in a month's time and the play will be shown to the public 3 weeks after the first rehearsal, October 17th. During the play there is some reference to social status. The play is about a typical upper class family. There are three continuous acts, which take place in the dining room of the Birling residence in Brumley, an industrial city situated in the north Midlands. It is set in an evening in spring 1912. I will give you a brief summary of the play the main plot is that a girl - Eva Smith has died a tragic death and all members of the Birling family have done something to her, resulting in her death. The inspector is questioning them all even Sheila's fianc� - Gerald, who has also played an important part in her death. ...read more.


quite a shock to Sheila but she knew in the back of her mind that he would stray one day but just not before they were even married and as a result Sheila calls of their engagement. In the same act Sheila also finds out about her mothers part in Eva's death and is appalled. Eric's involvement is also made public within the family but Sheila is more sympathetic and understanding with him than she is with the rest of the family. Her emotions during the play can change quite quickly which can lead to her becoming hysteric. Sheila persists on finding out the truth about what happened to Eva and the events leading up to her death whereas her mother father and fianc� Gerald are more concerned about shifting the blame and avoiding it being put on themselves. During this act Sheila becomes more aware of the inspectors role in the play. During act 3 Sheila's attitude and change of character is complete. In act 3 the Birling family find out that the inspector wasn't an inspector at all and the story of Eva untrue, Sheila's mother father and Gerald laugh it off whereas Sheila realises that It does ...read more.


Sheila's mother, father, Eric and Gerald all laugh it off and move on whereas Sheila realises that it doesn't matter whether the inspector was real or that the story of Eva's death wasn't true she realises that everything happens for a reason and has consequences whether its because of what some one did or said they will all have consequences to follow no matter how big or little they are and Sheila tries to explain this to the family getting quite upset even angry about it and I would like you to move along the stage using the space and speak to the audience when explaining this I would like you also to show Sheila's anger and upset by changing the tone of your voice and also projecting it and the facial expressions you will show as well Sheila also talks quite passionately about her views and it is very important that you capture that emotion and focus on it. The costume you will be wearing is a typical white Victorian evening dress in fact the dress that Sheila wears has the resemblance of a wedding dress. Also remember that Sheila's character in the beginning of the play is almost childlike and she becomes more mature and grown up as the play progresses. Amy Malone ...read more.

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