AUDITIONS - An Inspector CallsPosted on Jan 30, 2018 by J.B. Priestley
An Inspector Calls
Sunday 25th Feb 2018 at 10.30am at the MADC Clubrooms, St. Venera.
Written by J.B. Priestley and Directed by Michael Mangion
At Bluebox @ MSpace, Msida, 15-17 & 22-24 March 2019.
Rehearsals Mondays to Fridays from 28 January 2019
at MADC Clubrooms, St. Venera.
An Inspector Calls is a play written by English dramatist J. B. Priestley, first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and in 1946 in the UK. It is one of Priestley's best known works for the stage, and is considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. Long considered part of the repertory of classic "drawing room" theatre, the play has also been hailed as a scathing critique of the hypocrisies of Victorian/Edwardian English society and as an expression of Priestley's socialist political principles. The play is studied in many schools as one of the prescribed texts for the English Literature GCSE examination.
Auditions will be held at the MADC Clubrooms on Sunday 25th February at 10.30am.
Please indicate a preferred date and time by emailing email@example.com
Before you come to the audition you must familiarise yourself well with the play. Once you register to audition and indicate your preferred role we will send you the passages to focus on. You will not need to learn these passages from memory.
The play takes place on a single night in April 1912. It focuses on the prosperous upper middle-class Birling family, who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley. The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole….
Actors, with good English accents, are required for the following roles:
Arthur Birling: 50s+
Arthur Birling represents the bourgeoisie - the capitalist class that controls the wealth and means of production and is more concerned with material gain and conventional attitudes. He is a wealthy factory owner, overbearing, aggressive, sexist, arrogant, dim-witted, naïve and a bad father (Act 1 – pages 2 to 9/Act 3 – pages 54 to 57)
Sybil Birling (wife of Arthur Birling): Mid 40s+
A monstrous hypocrite. She is a cold, dull and unsympathetic woman who represents the bourgeoise (female) upper class. More than any other character, she is prudish and old-fashioned. Like her husband, Mrs. Birling is also not a very good parent and looks down on the less affluent members of society. (Act 1 – pages 2 to 9/Act 2 – pages 37-44)
Sheila Birling (daughter of Arthur and Sybil): Early/mid 20s
Sheila Birling is bright, lively and optimistic. She is sympathetic to the ideals of socialism and displays a free-thinking spiritedness that is characteristic of the suffragette (women's rights) movement of that period. (Act 1 – pages 2 to 9/Act 1 – pages 15 to 19/Act 1 – pages 20 to 22)
Eric Birling (son of Arthur and Sybil): Early/mid 20s
Eric Birling is of roughly the same age and of the same spirit as his sister. He is adolescent in his manner ("half shy, half assertive") and drinks too much, perhaps because he has not yet found a meaningful role in life. (Act 1 – pages 2 to 9/Act 3 – pages 41 to 45)
Gerald Croft (engaged to Sheila): 30s+
Gerald Croft represents the aristocracy - the highest class of society, comprised of rich land owners and people who inherit their wealth from their parents. His father, Sir George Croft, owns Crofts Limited, and his mother is called Lady Croft, which indicates that she holds a peerage. (Act 1 – pages 2 to 9/Act 2 – pages 31 to 36)
Inspector Goole: Mid 30s+
A mysterious figure. The Inspector represents the voice of socialism. This is apparent first in his appearance: he wears plain and ordinary clothes, in contrast to the expensive suits worn by Mr Birling and Gerald. (Act 1 – pages 8 to 13/Act 3 – pages 45 to 46)
Edna: Any adult age
The maid at the Birling household. The character has limited contribution in the play but is important as she represents the working-class. She is often taken for granted and treated somewhat poorly at times, as if she were not actually there. (Act 1 – page 8)
Male actors will need to be clean-shaven with short hair
Female actors will be requested not to cut their hair
There is no swearing, nudity or scenes of a sexual nature.