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Discuss the visual and dramatic impact of the production design in the Royal National Theatres “An inspector calls”

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Discuss the visual and dramatic impact of the production design in the Royal National Theatres "An inspector calls" An Inspector calls was written by J.B Priestley in 1945, the original production was first shown in the West-End in 1946 after being in Moscow for a year previously. It left London for a while and then in 1992 the Royal National Theatre re-staged it under the directional expertise of Stephen Daldry, who later went on to direct the oscar winning film, "Billy Elliot" The play is set in 1912 and tells the story of an upper class family who are unexpectedly called upon by an inspector who calls himself inspector Goole. ...read more.


It shows Mr Birling and his future son in-law Gerald Croft sitting with the lights down low and having a quiet celebration with a few drinks "you ought to like this port, Gerald" (noticing his wife had not taken any port) "Now then, Sybil, you must take a little tonight. Special occasion, y'know, eh?" The characters are positioned to show the attitude of the period with Mr Birling at the head of the table and Mrs Birling at the other, their son Eric sitting down stage with his back to the audience and there daughter Sheila and her fiancee Gerald Croft upstage. Moreover the opening to the Royal Nationals adaptation was in complete contrast to the original, the opening scene was of a black, dark and mysterious 1945 landscape, smoke-filled and bombed out. ...read more.


No one is really sure who he is but he gives the impression that he is a good guy. This adds upon the original dramatic effect of the Inspectors entrance where he just knocks at the door, the fact that the audience can see him, makes them think that he must be a significant figure in the play and adds more tension and drama to it. The Inspector then interacts with a boy playing in the street, he gives him an orange which combined with his costume which is a 1945 de-mob suit and Arthur Birling giving his war wont happen speech inside the house gives emence dramatic irony. The scenery of the bombed out street also creates dramatic impact and enfacises ...read more.

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