An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley
Glenbrook Players is excited to be performing An Inspector Calls during May 2018. The play will be directed by Cassandra Strasiotto.
Widely considered to be a classic of mid-20th century theatre, J.B Priestley’s masterfully crafted thriller is a multi-layered exploration of society at the turn of the 20th century. Questioning the staid Victorian and Edwardian values, the play addresses themes of power and status; class structure; family relationships; the dichotomy between the young and old; the patriarchy; social responsibility and the interconnectedness of people within any given society. The play has stood the test of time as the themes are considered in the light of contemporary awareness.
Set in the British Midlands industrial town of ‘Brumley’, in 1912, the play consists of three acts and runs the course of one tumultuous evening. The play begins at the centre of the bourgeois Birling family. They are celebrating the engagement of the eldest daughter, Sheila, to the handsome and well-connected Gerald Croft.
The arrival of a mysterious police inspector interrupts this scene with the information that a destitute young woman has just died in the infirmary after poisoning herself with bleach. Through clever and unrelenting interrogation, the inspector implicates each character in being connected to the life – and death- of the young woman.
Inspired by the horrors of two world wars (and set 2 years before the first of these), the play can be seen as being a critique on capitalism and hypocrisy, but it is much, much more than that. The dynamic interplay, the psychological motivations and guilty secrets that emerge from each character are at the heart of drama in its purest sense.
Information Night and Auditions
Our information night will be held at 7:30PM on Monday 5 February in the Side Hall of the Glenbrook Theatre.
Auditions for An Inspector Calls will be on Thursday 8 February at 7:30PM in the Glenbrook Theatre - enter via the kitchen
A character list is available for you to review if you are keen to be involved!
An Inspector Calls will be performed for 6 performances only at Glenbrook Community Theatre, corner Ross Street and the Great Western Highway, Glenbrook. Bookings are now open.
- Friday 11 May 8:00PM
- Saturday 12 May at 2:00PM
- Saturday 12 May at 8:00PM
- Friday 18 May at 8:00PM
- Saturday 19 May at 2:00PM
- Saturday 19 May at 8:00PM
Tickets for all 8:00PM performances are $25 and tickets for our 2:00PM performances are $22.