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An Inspector Calls (1945)

by J. B. Priestley

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The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole, who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised. . . Toby Jones, David Calder, Frances Barber, and Morven Christie are amongst the cast in this BBC Radio 4 production from 2010. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of the UK's finest actors.2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins."… (more)
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I'm fully aware it's a product of its time, but nevertheless when the Inspector more or less began explaining the moral of the play to the audience I couldn't help but laugh ( )
  hatingongodot | May 3, 2020 |
The Birling family are celebrating the engagement of their daughter when an inspector arrives at their door announcing the suicide of a local girl. As the evening unfolds, the entire party realizes that they played a role in the girl's descent.

This audio drama features Toby Jones as the inspector who makes for a powerful accuser as he slowly unravels the mystery. While the denouement feels a bit preach-y, there's plenty to enjoy here. ( )
  MickyFine | Jan 16, 2020 |
The Edwardian drawing room of smug, satisfied haves is rattled by the disruptions of new classes and technologies and connections, all unravelling in the 20th century maelstrom that Priestley and his peers witnessed, and ushered in. Entertaining, artfully conveyed, albeit with a simplistic, rather preachy tone. Hard to read now without pondering current parallels. Do we now see the same with our 21st century technocratic prosperity under onslaught, as the loss of faith in our comfortable conventions spirals forth? Inspect thyselves, Priestley was doubtless warning his audience, even three decades on, when that disruption was finally settling down, and perhaps that same warning is due today, as once again society and culture realign. ( )
  eglinton | Aug 10, 2018 |
Normalerweise lese ich nicht Schauspiele in jeder Sprache. Wahrscheinlich aus diesem Grund finde ich es ein bisschen langweilig wegen der langsamer Dialog. ( )
  ursula-gaosili | Oct 23, 2016 |
Review to come. ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 2015 |
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Bowes, Saracast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crowe, Bencast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gallimore, Patcast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hardiman, Terrencecast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawksworth, Willcast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kelham, Christophercast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindford, Petercast membersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Myers, HarryMusicsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses. Yet just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole, who is investigating the suicide of a young girl. As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised. . . Toby Jones, David Calder, Frances Barber, and Morven Christie are amongst the cast in this BBC Radio 4 production from 2010. The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of the UK's finest actors.2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins."

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