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My task is to direct pages 11-21 of "An Inspector Calls" showing and explaining how everyone ought to hold themselves on the stage, and also to choose who should be on stage

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Sherlock Holmes Stories "An Inspector Calls" is a novel written by J.B Priestly in 1945. The novel is basically about how other people's mistakes could influence bad decisions. The author was trying to be more realistic to the audience and prove that some things people do can be harmful to those close around them. At the time in which this play was written the society was going through a lot of changes, as it had been a time of war. The timing at which the play was written plays an important role as the play goes on. My task is to direct pages 11-21 of "An Inspector Calls" showing and explaining how everyone ought to hold themselves on the stage, and also to choose who should be on stage also include which time this should happen. Part of my task is to suggest on a suitable mood to influence the investigation-taking place on stage. The Inspector's arrival creates a sense of massiveness, solidity and purposefulness. "No, thank you, Mr Birling. I'm on duty." This clearly shows us that the inspector is serious with his work and he is quite calm in a positive way. While the Inspector is on stage I will suggest he keeps standing until asked to take a sit. This will show an exchange in power between Mr Birling and the Inspector. ...read more.


Before the Inspector shows the photograph he needs to cover up the photo with his body so that no-one else can se the photograph before their turn comes. This proves that the Inspector is a calm and collected character and likes to plan the way he goes about his business. "All in good time", shows that the Inspector is organised and focuses on one conversation at a time. On the other hand we "the audience", could say that the Inspector is preventing the audience from revealing the answer to this mystery. At this point everyone should be quiet and respond by showing body movements. This will show that everyone wants to find out whom the girl is when his or her turn comes. To keep the mystery alive the photograph shouldn't be shown to the audience so those who understand what's going on could enjoy the play. Birling's interrogation is quite significant in way as he is the head of the house and his whole family looks up to him as their "protector". As the interrogation begins the Inspector shows Birling the photograph to bring back some memories Birling could possible hold from his days with Eva Smith (the girl who drank herself to death). Mr Birling attempts to bribe the Inspector and have him cast the case. "Now, Inspector, perhaps you and I had better go and talk this over quietly in a corner". ...read more.


"Why should you? He's finished with you. He says it's one of us now". This clearly states that Sheila thinks it's time to come out and speak up for herself. In the process of trying to play such a dangerous role she gets touched by the use of language the Inspector has over her and is caught in her speech. The Inspector uses words like "pretty", get Sheila involved in the conversation and lead to her being trapped and she tells how what she did may have led to this death. This is an example that is being set by Sheila and others around her could benefit from it. The truth is the best way out of trouble and you will save yourself from being embarrassed. In conclusion I think the decisions I've made are effective and will be shown in the play. The moods of the play need to be changed often so that it the audience can interpret the play more easily. Throughout the whole play we can tell that everyone in the Birling family might have done something that made Eva kill herself. There's a little bit of mystery, as the Inspector won't show the photograph at the same time. It looks like he has more than one photograph and therefore leads to the audience suggesting that he might be showing different people in the photographs or is he? This is a really well planned play and gets the audience involved throughout. Mikhail ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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