An Inspector Calls
Murder Mystery: Season 27th July--4th August
Information Night 2-May-2018 at 7.30pm
Auditions 2-May-2018 at 7.30pm & 4-May-2018 at 7.30pm
An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley is set in 1912 and was first performed in 1947. Seeming at first to be a cosy Agatha Christie-style mystery, it draws the audience in then whacks them upside the head with its powerful social justice message. It has stood the test of time not only because it works as a thriller, but because its message continues to be relevant.
Director: Joy Hinckley 0431 945661 firstname.lastname@example.org
This production aims to strike a balance between realism, and the surrealistic aspects of the script which suggest a heightened, almost soap opera reality. It provides great opportunities for actors to stretch their acting chops with meaty roles. Preview copies of the script are available on request.
Here are the character descriptions as given in the script, followed by casting notes. If you do not fit the description given in the script, but feel you could portray the character successfully, please come along to the casting.
Arthur Birling is a heavy-looking, rather portentous man in this middle fifties with fairly easy manners but rather provincial in this speech. Mr Birling needs to appear an appropriate age to play the father of children in their early 20s.
Sybil Birling is about fifty, a rather cold woman and her husband's social superior. Mrs Birling needs to appear an appropriate age to play the mother of children in their early 20s.
Gerald Croft is an attractive chap about thirty, rather too manly to be a dandy but very much the well-bred young man-about-town. Gerald can be any age early 20s – mid-30s.
Sheila Birling is a pretty girl in her early twenties, very pleased with life and rather excited. Sheila can be any age 17 – late 20s.
Eric Birling is in his early twenties, not quite at ease, half shy, half assertive. Eric can be any age 17 – late 20s.
Edna is a neatly dressed parlour maid in her late 20s. Edna can be any age 18 – 40s. Even though this is a very small role, Edna is an important character.