24 – 27 April 2013 at St Anne’s Hall
Extract from National Operatic & Dramatic Association review
The classic J.B. Priestley play performed brilliantly to an appreciative audience, many of whom were studying it as part of their GCSEs, an inspired piece of marketing. This not only helped them with their work but also perhaps introduced a whole new group of potential audience members to the joys of live theatre and therefore future events.
The casting and resultant characterisations were first class, as each revealed their flaws and hypocrisies, which formed the basis of an interesting plot, holding the attention of the audience to the full.
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“I just wanted to say thank you for organising last night for us. Our students really enjoyed the performance and it was a useful revision tool for their upcoming exam.” Miss J Housen, Edenham High School
Synopsis of the play
Arthur and Sybil Birling are celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, to Gerald Croft. It’s something of a coup for Arthur as Gerald’s father, like Arthur, is a captain of industry locally, though of much higher social standing.
In the middle of their celebration, a police inspector arrives with the news that a young girl has committed suicide by drinking bleach. In the course of the questioning of the Birlings and Gerald, it becomes clear that all of them have in some way been responsible for her death.
At first shaken by the revelations, the Birlings are relieved to find that there is no Inspector Goole in Brumley, nor has there been a suicide reported. But just as the party is reverting to something like normality, they get a very nasty surprise…
Themes of sex, age, class, social responsibility and politics are explored in this powerful and suspenseful play and the characters have many emotions to portray as one by one their flaws and failings, and those of an entire society, are revealed.
Photos from the Show
also available on Flickr
Director: Sharron Stubbs
Arthur Birling – Ian Pring
Sybil Birling – Amanda Clarke
Sheila Birling – Pippa Nightingale
Eric Birling – Richard Allport
Gerald Croft – Owen Sawford
Inspector Goole – Jean-Pierre Agius
Edna – Sharika Sharma
Producer – Patricia Driver
Lighting Design – Mark Stannett
Stage Manager – Sharika Sharma
Prompt – Maria Murrell
Lighting Operator – Veronica Montalbetti
Sound Operator – Joanna Dodd
Wardrobe – in association with the National Theatre
Set Design Advice – Rachael Mitas
An Inspector Calls Trailer