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Show how the production of ‘An Inspector Calls’ enhanced the script and furthered your understanding of the play. Refer to themes and characters in your analysis.

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Show how the production of 'An Inspector Calls' enhanced the script and furthered your understanding of the play. Refer to themes and characters in your analysis. The play 'An Inspector Calls' has been performed in a variety of ways since it was written in 1944 and first performed in 1946 at the New Theatre. It is believed that the production I saw, the Daldry version which opened in 1992 in the west end, was how Priestley envisaged it being performed when he was writing it. He once saw a version of the play which was performed in a box set with a standard living room set. At the end Priestly said that that wasn't how he had imagined his play being performed whereas when he saw one in Moscow which used a cyclorama, a curved white canvas on which lights are shone to achieve different effects and atmospheres and he liked this version the most. In the Daldry performance which I watched at the Lowery theatre they used a transparent canvas as a backdrop which had a panoramic scene of a street painted onto it. Lighting was used to achieve the affects of night and day. In moments of truth the lights got brighter and white representing purity and in moments where the Birling's were hiding things from the Inspector and the audience the set got darker representing the fact that you cannot see as well in the dark and this is when evil protrudes. ...read more.


The inspector interrogating them and their secrets coming out was signified firstly, by the house opening to reveal them, and secondly, later on when it was clear that it was the actions of the family and Gerald Croft that drove Eva Smith to her death, the whole house fell apart. Just before the end when the Birlings think that they are out of trouble they just act like nothing is wrong about what they did to Eva Smith because they aren't going to get in trouble for it, they start trying to put the house back to its original state. The way that the house cannot be put back together in the same way as it was before works well in helping the audience to understand the meaning of the play. It represents the fact that they have all accepted the things they have done wrong, in front of each other, they will therefore not be able to completely forget about it. Especially Eric and Sheila who are affected by what they have learned that night. You can tell that they are the ones who are affected most because they say things like: Sheila: ' ..But you are forgetting one thing I still can't forget. Everything we said had happened really had happened. If it didn't end tragically, then that's lucky for us. But it might have done. ...read more.


I think that the purpose of this is to show that although the play is just a play and not real. However, the message that the inspector is saying is very real, and is not just saying it to the actors he is saying it to you as a person and hoping to have some impact on you personally. At the very beginning when the inspector enters, he is surrounded by light which penetrates the fog also surrounding him. This is parallel to the idea of the inspector penetrating the lives of the Birlings and Gerald Croft. At the very beginning we get the sounds of an air raid siren, this is to remind us that we are entering a different world, and that it is not reality and it also gets us into the mood of the time in which it is set. The sirens also are meant to remind us of the war and how horrific it was so that when Birling goes on about how talk of how '..You'll hear some people say that war's inevitable. And to that I say- fiddlesticks!' having the sirens sounding quite scary makes us realise just how ironic him saying that is! At moments of truth intrusive music was played which shocks the audience a bit and adds to the atmosphere and helps to build up tension at key moments. Overall I feel that watching the play really did help me to understand the play and engage with the characters. ...read more.

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