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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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.
"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.
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.
"Useful for GCSEs"
I found it useful to listen to this a few times before my exam. I am yet to know if it has been effective revision. Wish me luck!
"A true classic"
Great way to pass 90 mins. well performed with a tight and intriguing narrative.
Well acted & produced. This is a real treat & one we repeat listen. A classic that never ages due to the moral of the story being as valid today as when the play was written.
This is an enjoyable yarn that will make you take stock & think about who you are & how our actions affect each others lives.
A play without age.
"Classic tale and still the best rendition"
Classic tale and still the best rendition I have come across to date. The performances captured the seriousness and humour extremely well, to the point where you can almost see the performance happening.
"Worse than ofsted!!"
This story of a mysterious character who makes a self satisfied middle class family with social aspirations take a good long hard look at themselves, and they don't like what they see. It is an excellent study of how we delude ourselves, how we seek to blame someone else instead of taking full responsibility of our own actions, how we don't consider possible outcomes from our selfish and careless attitudes. Some of the themes may seem hopelessly dated, but they aren't. The family's concern to keep their social status is as relevant today as it ever was, whatever that social status may look like now. The inspector quickly made the self important squirm, no place for them to hide. Much worse than Ofsted!
I know the story well, and like a good piece of music, it stands to be listened to again and again. Excellent performances all round make this production easy to listen to again.
A good old fashioned morality tale! It should be on the school curriculum!
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