Monday, 24 March 2014

An Inspector Calls – JB Priestly (Theatre Production)

So I know it has been a while since I’ve updated my blog but things have got crazily busy that I just don’t have any spare time to just sit down and write so I wanted to apologise for that. I went to the theatre to watch An Inspector Calls not last Sunday but the Sunday before that (16th March) and I had the most amazing time so I thought I’d share my experience with you guys.

So I haven’t been to the theatre in years so when my English teacher recommended An Inspector Calls I really wanted to go. Plus we are studying it in school for my GCSE exam so it would be perfect to see how each character is played compared to the written play. I went with my friend and her mom and the tickets cost around £15 which was pretty reasonable.

The play is about the Birling family who all have a role to play in the life of a young pregnant girl called Eva Smith who commits suicide by drinking a strong disinfectant. An inspector comes along and ruins their pleasant evening in the attempt to teach them about collective responsibility and using various ways to get them to admit they were partly to blame for her death and to believe in socialism.

We hadn’t finished reading the play at this point so the ending was a real surprise. It was such an excellently performed play with a great message and moving storyline. From reading the play I didn’t really like Mr Birling who I thought was very close minded and irritating however after seeing him being played by an extremely talented actor I fell in love with the character. He put such enthusiasm and energy into the words and actions; it was really mesmerizing. From watching the play I started to dislike Mrs Birling who appeared to be very cold hearted and stuck up. I also started to dislike Gerald who just simply got annoying. I loved Eric and Sheila who were the only two characters who had some sense and actually understood the inspector’s point of view. It was amazing to see how an actor can change your perception of a character which I always think is a great thing to be able to do. The whole supernatural element was great to see and how Eva Smith was actually a metaphor for the thousands of others who were working class women who died in the same way in that era.

The message at the end really shocked me and got me thinking. I personally love political plays as I always love exploring in depth what they really mean. The inspector is a socialist who believes in equality and the way he tries to explain this in a clever way really was beautiful to see. From this I have now got the film version so I’m so excited to watch that.

Please do go see the play if you can and read the book because it’s honestly so good. People don’t seem to like the books we study in school however I love them. I’m hoping to go to the theatre again really soon because my experience was very pleasant and it gives you a different feeling than just watching it at the cinema. I’m definitely looking forward to studying this in more depth for my exam as it’s so interesting.

If you want to check out the cast they are:
Arthur Birling: Stewart Snape
Sybil Birling: Joanne Hill
Sheila Birling: Eleanor O’Brien
Eric Birling: Scott Richards
Edna: Coralle Paxton
Gerald Croft: Damien Dickens
Inspector Goole: Dave Hill

Once again I have written way too much than I should so I hope I haven’t bored you. Hopefully I’ve encouraged you to check out this fantastic play if you haven’t already. Thank you so much for reading; I’ll talk to you in my next post.

Hugs & kisses,
Nabeela x

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