A BBC Radio 4 production of Priestley’s classic thriller, starring Toby Jones and Frances Barber. The Birling family are spending a happy evening celebrating the engagement of Sheila Birling to Gerald Croft - a marriage that will result in the merging of two successful local businesses.
Yet, just when everything seems to be going so well, they receive a surprise visit from an Inspector Goole who is investigating the suicide of a young girl.
As the Inspector reveals more about the circumstances that led to the death of Eva Smith, each member of the family comes under the spotlight, and questions of guilt and responsibility are raised...Toby Jones, David Calder, Frances Barber and Morven Christie are amongst the cast in this BBC Radio 4 production from 2010.
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It's an unusual play. Film noirish, if I can put it like that. As the story unravelled I got emotionally involved, and I waited with bated breath for the ending.
The story gave me the creeps.
Don't get confused with negative reviews. Either read the play first or, if you buy the audio, listen till the end. 'An inspector calls' is an emotional roller coaster which starts on a rather low key but gets mysterious and macabre by the end.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Priestly was interested in the nature of time and wrote on this topic as well as social justice.
It was good to hear this Classic Radio Theatre production. Well done.
I suppose like Huxley, the writing expresses ideas and asks readers to think.
This dramatization of Priestley's play is not so much mystery as examination of society. There is a denouement, perhaps anticipated, but still analytical.
All but the Inspector in this recording, are wonderful to listen to. The recording is at times, let down by the incessantly smug monotone voice of the actor playing the Inspector. The Inspector should be a mystery man who with his charm and magnetism, manages to coerce information out of the otherwise reticent family. Not a judgemental one-dimensional bore. That being said, the other characters are played beautifully and it is all in all, an enjoyable romp.
If you want a ripping good detective story, this is not it. If, on the other hand, you enjoy an author beating you over the head with a moralistic two-by-four at the expense of an actual plot, you'll really enjoy this one.
I listened to half of it then gave up in disgust. The story seems to be merely a vehicle for the author's pontificating on the Evils Of Class in British society. Even a very good cast of performers was not enough to save it.
Needless to say, I will not be picking up anything by this author again.
Bought for my son who studied this as a GCSE text, I listened to this myself and enjoyed the dramatic interpretation. My mother also enjoyed it so I would suggest it is a classic which appeals to a range of listeners.
"Striking play. Convincing dramatisation."
I didn't know about this play until I got the reccomendation from Audible. A very enjoyable surprise, original and insightful.
I really enjoyed this, I would recommend it to everyone and anyone! I loved it
"A great reflection upon human ignorance "
I read this book at school. fantastic insight into some people's lives, attitudes, stifling class structure in society and our inability to invest time, empathy and love for our fellow human beings.
"A lesson for us all"
Probably not. The story is unforgettable and hardly needs a rerun.
It's a pretty unique formula.
The key players all sounded as you might expect them to be given who we are told they are except for the Inspector.
The Inspector is the only unconvincing character in this production.
It reaches you and makes you think.
In my case even more so after I had time to reflect on the real message.
A must read, watch experience.
"An atmospheric personal favourite"
I love this spooky tale of a smug middle class family receiving some shocking news from a mysterious Police Inspector. I particularly like the way it harks back to a time when people were beginning to question themselves morally and there was the drive and energy to build a better future for everybody. Like this play, this is sadly all a thing of the past.
This has a terrific cast, including Frances Barbour playing the haughty and arrogant matriarch who really does have the wind blown up her skirts. If you enjoy this presentation I recommend you go on to see the film starring the late great Alastair Sim. To me, he really was the definitive Inspector.
"Or does he call"
My son had gcse and we had play written play on radio preformed and film.
The voices sometimes people can give things away by what they say so blanking an visuals helps take the constant in for exams
These compare better than audio stories read by one person are real actors bring it all to life's
Yes it makes you laugh and cry because everyone can be mean or generous in life and be taken for fools . Good learning that words can be stronger than action as they cause actions effected others total lies
Very good story on what you say what you do can lead to devastation from what your option is how you lead others in the way you complain and sometimes being too good too. I can see why this is a favourite for schools in gcse English lit.
I have loved this play since my early teens & especially enjoyed this particular cast dramatisation, having listened to it repeatedly.
As a story, I love the twists, turns & inticracies within; it's ability to keep the listener emotionally involved & on the edge of their seats throughout, wondering what will be revealed next, what truths uncovered
From a performance perspective, all of the actors have been cast perfectly in their respective roles & I would not change anything; they truly bring the characters to life doing a superb job.
Love this, Toby jones is brilliant. Listen to it loads. Never studied it at school. First heard it on radio 4
"really enjoyed the play, well thought out"
The actors were sympathetic to Priestley s message and kept the suspension throughout. A well performed production that was very thpught provokong and as relevant today as it was then.
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