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:

Josh Fielding
2019, Eric Birling
Mack Newton
Mack Newton
Actor
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The Junction
Harry Harding
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St Paul's Walden Bury
Jordan Adelard
Jordan Adelard
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2019, Eric Birling
Jamie Hegland
2018, Eric Birling
Nathan Bellis
2017, Eric Birling
Oliver Melvin
2017, Eric Birling
Bristol Old Vic
Natasha Horn
Natasha Horn
Actor
2016, Sheila Berling
Sean Jacklin
Sean Jacklin
Actor
2016, Eric Birling
Sam Harding
Sam Harding
Actor
2015, Eric
Charles Adey
Charles Adey
Actor
2014, Eric Birling
Oliver Melvin
2014, Eric Birling
Marlowe Studio Canterbury
Tobias Clay
Tobias Clay
Actor
2014, Eric
Brighton Little Theatre
Ashley Shiers
2013, Eric Birling
The Rondo Theatre, Bath
Kieren Spencer
2013, Eric
Richard Hoyle
2013, Eric Birling
The Grand, Clitheroe
Alan McLaren
Alan McLaren
Actor
2013, Eric Birling
Jason Rivers
Jason Rivers
Actor
2013, Eric Birling
Barlow Theatre
Patrick Medway
2012, Eric Birling
Guido Garcia
Guido Garcia
Actor
2012, Eric Birling
Millington Drake Theatre, Montevideo, Uruguay