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Matt C + Ed N from Portsmouth, UK
We vistied the theatre on the 24th of september. We went to see the play as we are studing it for our GCSE'S. We personally found the setting of the play was sometimes difficult to comprehend and we were confused by the use of two contexts. I think they could have inproved on this by having only one. The Strong points of this play included the very good actors and the exceptional set and was extreamly realistic. The set was very clever as it showed the Birlings higher status compared to the Inspector and Edna but at the end the birlings came crashing down. Also all the clothes were representing the characters personality the director was very clever and used a pathetic fallecy. Overall i would recommend this play to anyone studying this for GCSE'S or anyone intrested. This was a fantastic play to go and see at the Novello Theatre i would go and see it again.
David Samuels from England
GOGOL 19TH CENTURY
A brilliant production. Same theme as the Government Inspector by Gogol; hence inspector Goole Like with Gogol the Birlings have a naive trust in authority In Gogol the town is expecting a central government inspection on the quality of their services. A drunk turns up and they think HE is the inspector. He runs rings round them. Making fools of them The ending is the same. The actors freeze into waxworks. They realise their lives have been run by a fake. Dont trust those that rule us is the message.
Anonymous from Anytown, AT 55555
AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE! 5 STARS
An inspecter Calls is a marvallous production. The actors were brilliant, you could really feel what was going on, like it was real. Their costumes were brilliant, they really went with the sinister mood about the performance. The set was beautiful, especially the house. The inspector, well what can I say? Nothing was better. If you are going to see this production, sit in the front row so when the house explodes you can pick bits of pottery and keep them a a souvenier. I really hope you go, it was a fantastic performance.
Betty Christensen from Walnut Creek, CA USA
WHAT A WINDFALL! I LOVED IT!
I was trying to fit in as many plays as I could on my 5-day trip to London in November.. this was hands down my favorite! I'm still thinking about it 2 months later...would love to see it again, but am back on the other side of the pond. The psychological suspense transfixed me... the main characters were whirling around in an undertow created by their own life choices and attitudes.. seeming more inclined to finger pointing than introspection.. I found myself being annoyed by all the peripheral characters wandering around the edges of the stageset throughout the performance.. then in the end I felt like the inspector's inquisition turned on me.. making me wonder what person in my life was represented by these "gray" people I had found annoying and distracting, and what effect my ignorance might have on people like them... the play had deeply personal implications for me...
C. Bowman from Bath, UK
AN EXCELLENT INTERPRETATION
Under Stephen Daldry's direction, this production of An Inspector Calls was excellently executed. It was suspenseful throughout, while maintaining an occasional humour in certain areas. The set was unlike anything I have ever seen before on stage, and used to its full potential. The only criticism I could have would be to say that the Inspector rushed the odd line here and there, but, although this could be seen as a fault, what this did do was to ensure that he always had the audience's attention, even just for trying to hear what he was saying! All in all, though, a fantastic production, which I would highly recommend.
Kris champney from britain
AN INSPECTOR CALLS
i came to visit the novello theatre to watch "an inspector calls" as i am studying it at gcse for a peice of coursework.i thought that the opening was very effective with the rainfall and also the talking from inside the house and the siblings scrounging around amongst the remains that edna had just threw out. i also noticed that the context changed as there was no war at the time the play was set . i also think that the setting was very good, i really liked the way that there was an actual house and not a random table with chairs in the middle of the stage. i also thought that the house in the distance gave it an extra effect as every other play i have watched is just a house in the middle of a field. all the actors were amazing, it seemed as if it was actually happening and that it was not a show but reality as they new their lines so well. the inspector was perfect. he was a small man with alot of authorityand power,well so it seemed. i didn't fully understand what edna
KRIS CHAMPNEY CONTINUED from BRITAIN
AN INSPECTOR CALLS
CONTINUED she lurked in the dark but came out when needed worked well. the lighting was outstanding. i loved the way the stage was divided by the young birlings and the elders.the street light was good as when the character needed to be emphisised they would go under the light to stand out more. this play, i believe will help me alot with my coursework as i now fully unerstand it and also no extra detail. i strongly recommend it to all ages and thanks for the help and thanks for a good time.
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The swarms of teenage scholars present in the audience confirmed the significance that the moralistic tale of Edwardian greed and hypocrisy viewed from the 1940s has today.
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