An Inspector Calls
A drama by J.B. Priestley
Wednesday 18 March 1964 - Saturday 21 March 1964
The Little Theatre, Old Royal Marines Camp, Butts Close, Faringdon
Directed by Edwin Preece
Tickets were available from Burtwell & Drew Ltd (electrical), 19 Coxwell Street, Faringdon.
Set in 1912, the play follows the unexpected arrival of Inspector Goole at the home of the wealthy Birling family, interrupting Arthur Birling, his wife Sybil, and their son and daughter (Eric and Sheila) who are celebrating the announcement of Sheila’s engagement to Gerald Croft, heir to one of the most prosperous family businesses in England. Arriving on the business of investigating the death of a young woman, the inspector soon unearths the hidden connections that all members of the family have with the deceased lady, forcing us to reassess both the family, and even ourselves, in the light of these new revelations.
The scene is a room in the Birlings’ house in Brumley, an industrial town in the Midlands. The action of the play is continuous, but for the convenience of the audience there will be two short intervals.
Cast (in order of appearance):
Edna (a maid) - JENNIFER SIMS
Mr. Arthur Birling - EDWARD TOLMAN
Mrs. Sybil Birling - NANCY REEVES
Sheila Birling (their daughter) - PENELOPE PHILPOTT
Eric Birling (their son) - JOHN LOTT
Mr. Gerald Croft - RONALD BRADBURY
Inspector Goole - WILLIAM REEVES
See programme for further details.
Production No.42 (4 shows were performed over 4 days)