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Imagine that you are directing the play An Inspector Callsand have to explain to the actress who is playing Sheila how you think her part should be played. Write the guidance you give her:

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Imagine that you are directing the play An Inspector Calls and have to explain to the actress who is playing Sheila how you think her part should be played. Write the guidance you give her: Dear Jane, I am writing to you to give hopefully all the information that you will need to fulfil the part of Sheila. You should read through this and remember the most of it so that you now what Sheila is like and how you need to portray her. The play An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestley in 1946 although it was set in the year 1912, the same year that the Titanic sank and just two years previous to World War 1. The plot of the play is quite simple and should be easy to understand. It is about a young girl named Eva Smith that has experienced a troubled life and ends up committing suicide. A fairly young Inspector calls round to visit the Birling's and to question them on their part in her death. Sheila is the daughter of Mr Birling and is the most affected by the trauma by the end of the play. ...read more.


Sheila feels out of line and she wants to be able to say sorry. Although this may be strange, she is the only one that seems to be really affected by this incident at this time. All the other members of the house hold notice the problem but they are trying to build a wall between themselves and the Inspector so that they can deny the truth and save face. Act 2 changes the atmosphere slightly and now Gerald is brought into the thick of things. This turns the heat up between Sheila and himself due to the fact that Sheila finds out he had a relationship with Eva, during the summer where Sheila and Gerald didn't see much of each other. When she finds this fact out, Sheila reacts in despair and utter disbelief that Gerald, her fianc� would betray her trust. At this moment in time she wants Gerald Croft out of your life and she wants him to leave her alone. She feels totally ashamed and humiliated in the top form especially as the Inspector already new this information before her. ...read more.


Birling talks about and agrees with everything that Priestley does not believe in and he uses him as a dummy figure. Sheila on the other hand is talking for what Priestley believes in. You want to be able to know what the other characters are like and this is why I have told you a bit about Mr Birling. When you play Sheila in Act 3 you will have to win the thoughts, hearts and minds of everybody watching for the play to for fill its potential in the way that Priestley designed it. Now I am going to write a few points that you may find to come in handy. You should wear an early 1900 dress that would be appropriate for a girl of Sheila's wealth and class. Also you should try to remember at the start of the play, Sheila is very happy and bubbly woman as well as not being too clever. You will have to change you approach to her character as the play progresses due to the fact that she matures very quickly. One more thing, you should take every step of the play as a new step, this way you will not become confused with anything. Ian Lilly 7/5/02 Ms Philipson 1/3 ...read more.

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