Plays Directory : An Inspector Calls

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    J.B. Priestley
  • Written
    1940
  • Setting
    1912, north midlands
  • Overview
    Although written in the 1940’s the play is set in 1912 prior to both World wars. It takes place at the home of the Birlings, a wealthy industrial family in the north midlands.
    The play opens on the family celebrating the engagement of Shelia their only daughter to Gerald Croft, heir to a fortune and an equally prosperous family business. The party is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Police Inspector Goole who is investigating the death of a young woman and implicates each of diners in her death.
    As the play progresses we come to realise that no one member of the party is guilty they all are; each character playing an important part in the circumstances that led to her death.
    Inspector Goole himself is a quintessential British detective: direct, uncompromising, preternaturally insightful and unfathomable. Each character in turn bends under his line of questioning and eventually snaps, recollecting their dealings with the dead woman. Although every character is unmasked Shelia becomes the only one who truly understands the implications of her actions. The others go to great lengths to reassure themselves of their lack of culpability.
    The play really focuses in on how each character deals with their connection to both the crime and the young girl.
    However it is the ending that stays with you long after the play is finished, with its chilling twist, throwing the whole play into a totally different light. It will make you want to go back and re-read certain scenes with a different perspective.

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6 known characters

8 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Lillie Prowse
2020, Sheila Birling
St. Pauls at Waldenbury
Chloe Orrock
Chloe Orrock
Actor
2020, Sheila
UK and Ireland tour
Kellie Branagan
2020, Sheila
Jessica Kinsey
2020, Sheila
Becky Steele
Becky Steele
Actor
2019, Sheila
Derbyshire
Bethany Irving
2017, Sheila
Bethany Irving
2017, Sheila Birling
Touring
Molly Wagner
Molly Wagner
Actor
2016, Sheila
Katherine Jack
2016, Sheila Birling
UK Tour
Madeleine Daly
2016, Sheila
Monique Newhouse
2015, Sheila
Nik Grundison
2015, Sheila
Naomi Vance
Naomi Vance
Actor
2015, Sheila
Stephanie Stuart
2014, Sheila
Rebecca Buckle
2014, Sheila
Cathryn Gahan
2014, Sheila Birling
Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
Eve Pearson
Eve Pearson
Actor
2014, Sheila Birling
National Schools Tour
Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly
Actor
2014, Sheila Birling
Amber Tuke
Amber Tuke
Actor
2014, Sheila
Kate Middleton
2013, Sheila Birling