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Imagine you are an actor preparing to perform the role of Arthur Birling in the play "An Inspector Calls".

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Joe Hyland Mrs O'Leary 20th Century Drama Imagine you are an actor preparing to perform the role of Arthur Birling in the play "An Inspector Calls" In this piece of course work I will be trying to explain how an actor would act out the role of Arthur Birling, and how certain tones of voice can be used to express some ones feelings into more depth. I have chosen to Arthur Birling as my character for this piece of work because I find he is a very interesting man as he has married above his social class and still does not quite know all the specific roles of the men or women of an upper class household. I find what he says and the manner he says it in is very intriguing because he rarely thinks about what he says or what his actions may do to others around him. Mr Birling has a very major role in this play, and like the rest of his family he has quite a major role in hurting a certain "Eva Smith". The play "An Inspector Calls" was written in 1944-5 but it is set in the spring of 1912 so that the author J.B. ...read more.


I imagine Birling to be wearing a very attractive suit to symbolise his supremacy as a man of upper class, which is very patronizing as he used to be from a working class family. As the Inspector walks in I would position Birling centrally on the stage with all of his body facing the inspector to show that he is happy to help with any inquiries the Inspector might have. The lighting should be over the inspector because the audience will be waiting for the inspector to speak and therefore would want to be able to see every movement he makes. Birling offers the Inspector a seat, "Sit down, Inspector" which tells us that Birling is being fully cooperative with the Inspector and is not at all troubled by his presence. As the inspector discusses why he is here Birling gets rather impatient "Yes, yes. Horrid business" which confirms to us that he can not possibly believe that he has anything to do with Eva Smith's suicide, Birling will have his back to the inspector as this is said because he wouldn't want the Inspector to see any of his facial expressions because it might give the Inspector the impression that Birling knows more about the suicide than he is letting on. ...read more.


A man has to mind his own business, himself and his own." This view ended the family in the awful position that they found themselves in with Inspector Goole. I Believe J. B Priestley is actually describing himself as the "crank" that Birling described so aptly during the play, which again shows Priestley is being ironic. I believe Priestley wrote this play because he is trying to tell us that even when people are given a second chance to change what they have done they would rather hide from their sins and just hope no one finds out. I think Priestley was using Inspector Goole as an advocate for his beliefs because the Inspector says "One Eva Smith has gone but there are hundreds of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us" which to me means that Priestley is saying that any of our action and our thought and our words all have an effect on someone no matter how big or small, good or bad, everything has an effect so we must be careful what we say and do otherwise there will be no Eva Smiths or John Smiths left. By Joe Hyland ...read more.

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