[J B Priestley] [Photos] [The Director]
Director Caroline Thorp.
The Stevenage Lytton Players Autumn 2005 Drama Production An Inspector calls by J B Priestley was performed at the Lytton Theatre.
‘But what so many of you don’t seem to understand now, is that a man has to make his own way – has to look after himself- and his family too, of course – and so long as he does that he won’t come to much harm. But the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you’d think everybody has to look after everybody else, as if we were all mixed up together like bees in a hive – community and all that nonsense.’
When a police inspector calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family, his startling revelations not only shatter the very foundations of their lives, but challenge us all to examine our consciences. The inspector tells of how a girl has committed suicide, and slowly shows how each character may be responsible for her death. By doing so the family, and the world they thought they knew, is dramatically ripped apart.
‘An Inspector Calls’ carefully takes over the mind of its audiences, as slowly most people realise that, like the characters, they too could be undone by seemingly innocent acts.
‘We don’t live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught in fire and blood and anguish.’
Written in 1945, set in 1912, ‘An Inspector Calls’ remains as relevant today as when it was first performed.