Play 3, 2010

An Inspector Calls

by J B Priestley 

directed by Leo Wockner

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A criminal investigation thatís not all it appears to be.

The Play

The Burling family are celebrating the engagement of their daughter to a wealthy and successful businessman, when an inspector calls. He has a photo of a woman who has recently suicided, but she is of a very different social class, so what interest can that be to the Burlings?

The Playwright

John Boynton Priestley, (1894-1984), known as J.B. Priestley, was an English novelist, playwright and broadcaster. He published 27 novels, notably The Good Companions (1929), as well as numerous dramas. His output included literary and social criticism.

During World War II, he was a regular broadcaster on the BBC. The Postscript, broadcast on Sunday night through 1940 and again in 1941, drew peak audiences of 16 million; only Churchill was more popular with listeners. But his talks were cancelled. It was thought that this was the effect of complaints from Churchill. Priestley was a founding member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1958.

The Director

Leo Wockner has been a member of the Villanova Players for many years and a popular Brisbane theatre identity. He is well known as an actor, director and artistsí advocate whose recent Brisbane stage appearances include Oedipus the King and The Crucible for the Queensland Theatre Company. Leo last directed for the Players in 2008, producing the classic Irish comedy The Playboy of the Western World.

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The Cast

Arthur Birling

Brian Cannon

Sybil Birling , his wife

Jill Cross

Sheila Birling, his daughter

Carissa Zygis

Eric Birling , his son

Nick Morrissey

 Gerald Croft

Steve Pearton

Inspector Goole

Leo Bradley

Edna, Parlour Maid

Audrey McKibbin

The Crew

Stage Manager David Jones
Lighting Design Cindy Lake
Lighting Operator Trevor Bond
Sound Operator Michael McNish
Costumes Pat Wockner
Audrey McKibbin





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