On Wednesday, our Year 10 and 11 Drama students had the incredible opportunity to take a trip to the theatre to see Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of ‘An Inspector Calls’. This play, written by J.B. Priestley in 1945, tells the story of the Birling family, who are visited by a mysterious inspector who is investigating the death of a young girl.
As soon as we arrived at the theatre, we were struck by the incredible, albeit unusual, set design. The acting was brilliant, with each member of the cast bringing their own unique interpretation to their characters.
One of the most striking things about this production was the way it dealt with themes of social responsibility and class division. The inspector’s investigation forces the Birling family to confront the ways in which their actions have contributed to the tragic death of the young girl, and raises important questions about the role that each of us plays in shaping society. As a group, we discussed these themes and the ways in which they resonate with issues that we see in the world today.
Overall, the experience of seeing this production was brilliant for both students and staff. It will definitely help contribute towards our study of the play.
English & Drama Department