Evan’s Review of the Classic Play ‘An Inspector Calls’

3 February, 2020
Year 9 Visit the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford to Watch 'An Inspector Calls'

On Wednesday the 29th of January, a group of Year 9 students, myself included, travelled to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford to view Stephen Daldry’s critically acclaimed “An Inspector Calls”. The play was written in 1945 by J.B-Priestley, fittingly Bradford was his hometown, and we were able to view his play the way he intended the public to see it.

The play itself was a fantastic success with students and staff enjoying it alike. “An Inspector Calls” is set in Edwardian England in the April of 1912. It follows the story of a deceased working class girl, Eva Smith, through the Inspector’s inquiries and supernatural omniscience and the responsibility the ‘Birling family’ must accept.

The performance was truly gripping, and the emotion and tension was at an exemplary level. We were all hooked until the dramatic climax, and the scandalous downfall of the highly-respected Birling family name.

The staging metaphors and character portrayals within the play, goes to show the level of detail and precision put into its creation back in 1945. My personal favourite part of the show was when the Birling’s ‘contentedness’ was shattered, shown by the utter destruction of the stage, set (even the dining table) and the family itself.

In conclusion I believe the visit was roaring success and I would highly suggest going to see it, as it was a truly spectacular performance.

Written by Evan