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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: English
  • Document length: 642 words

Write a detailed account for the staging of the opening scene to the play "An inspector calls" by J. B Priestly.

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Introduction

Write a detailed account for the staging of the opening scene to the play "An inspector calls" by J. B Priestly. As the curtains rise the light (dim) focuses on Mr Birling's factory. Outside, protesters are trying to convince Mr Birling to increase their wages. Lightning strikes a tree near the protesters and everything goes dark. The light brightens a little and focuses back on the factory where all the protesters are gone. As the light brightens more, Mr Birling walks out of the factory and locks the main doors. The night is dark and eerie; the deep mist envelops his feet as he moves.

Middle

Mr Birling pushes the port towards Eric. They talk about port for a while until Edna leaves. When Mr Birling starts his first speech about the miners strike being almost over, "Last month, just because the miners came out on strike, there's a lot of wild talk about possible labour trouble in the near future. Don't worry we've past the worst of It." The lights focus on the screen just next to the house as well, where miners are going on strike again. After he has finished the focus goes completely on the dining room again.

Conclusion

The inspector comes on the stage and walks up to the house, he stops and looks for a while and then goes up to the house. Edna opens the door and lets the inspector in, she shows him into the dining room. I went to the Milton Keynes theatre on Wednesday 8th November to see 'An Inspector Calls'. The play had some symbolism in: the house represented the family's security, the house was on stilts it was like each member of the family was a stilt and when one of them were damaged the whole house falls apart; the inspector is a representative of the audience, he asks the family questions that you want to know.

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