An Inspector Calls

May 2013

At a dinner at the Birlings’ home in 1912, Arthur Birling, a wealthy mill owner and
local politician, and his family are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to
Gerald Croft, son of a competitor of Birling’s. In attendance are Sybil Birling,
Arthur’s wife and Sheila and Eric’s mother, and Eric Birling, Sheila’s younger
brother, who has a drinking problem that is discreetly ignored.

An ‘Inspector Goole’ arrives and explains that a woman called Eva Smith killed
herself by drinking strong disinfectant. He implies that she has left a diary
naming names, including members of the Billing family. During the course of the
evening the Inspector interviews each member of the family in turn and reveals
their relationship with the the dead woman and how they have contributed to her
untimely demise.

But all is not what it appears and the play’s ending presents one of the great
twists of 20th century theatre.

This play is a timeless classic by J.B. Priestley, a socialist reformer who often
uses his plays to promote his views on social and class reforms.

The play will be presented by St Neots Players at The Priory Centre, St Neots from
the 16th – 18th May 2013, 7.30 pm

 

Cast

Arthur Billing – Lol Smith

Sybil Billing – Christine Suggars

Sheila Billing – Abbie Miles

Eric Billing – James Waters

Gerald Croft – Sean Webb

Inspector Goole – Simon Ockenden

Edna – Claire Stowell

 

Crew

Director – Maxine Evans

Produced by St Neots Players

Lighting – Tim Powers (with help from Martin Inward)

Sound – Simon Matthews