Production 109 An Inspector Calls

An Inspector CallsBy J.B. Priestley

 

Performed on Thu 7th to Sat 9th July 1983 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Arthur Birling Peter Ryder
Gerald Croft Roger Brown
Sheila Birling Joanne Catt
Sybil Birling Doris Cohen
Edna Christine Eyden
Eric Birling Paul Taylor
Inspector Goole Christopher Sewell

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

An Inspector Calls

Cast of An Inspector Calls

The Guild Players took a brave chance last week and came close to receiving full dividends for previewing their latest production, J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls, a week before it opened to the public. The play, a mystery thriller and one of Priestley’s best loved was performed before an invited audience to test the water before its official opening tomorrow (Thursday). It runs for three days at St. George’s Hall. But the play, built on escalating tension and thick with individual discourse occasionally left the actors stranded. In the dying days of the British Empire, a family of industrial aristocrats is forced to acknowledge that it no longer lives in a vacuum of privilege and power. Its world is part apart by Insp. Goole inquiring about the suicide of a young working-class girl, a death to which all five family members have indirectly contributed. The complacency of Victorian values: their smug attitude of I’m alright Jack (more likely Charles) is almost destroyed. The Guild Players portray this family convincingly on the whole, but the most important players – guest Peter Ryder as Arthur Birling and Joanne Catt as the realist daughter Sheila – often lacked force. Ryder as the self‑satisfied hardheaded businessman often had to grapple with stage embarrassment, which detracted from the assuredness of his part. And Joanne, daughter of Producer Kath Fox, frequently lacked the force to put across the young girl accepting the new realities and trying to convince her family that they were – living in the past and its out‑moded values. It was not until the players took command of their parts – Chris Sewell as the Inspector and a beautifully stern Doris Cohen as Mrs. Birling excepted because they were consistent – that the play and the players gelled. The production was polished and the technical side assured. But the actors will be grateful for that extra week to push their version of this rewarding play into top gear. The promise was there.

Steve Langley

Production Team

Production Team

Producer Kath Fox
Director Alex Thomson
Stage Managers Jeremy Stewart & Pam Evans
Set Builders Martin Bailey, Sid Jones & Pam Jones
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Prompt Glenys Cresswell
Front of House Alan Cresswell & Andy Russell
Bar Peter Woods & Helpers
Refreshments Mildred Woods & Helpers
Box Office Kerry Summers

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