SPINE-TINGLING, ENTERTAINING WHODUNNIT
January 16, 2004
Drama doesn't come more spine-tingling, chilling and entertaining than this, one of the Bradford playwright's best-known works.
The play is set just before the First World War in the home of a prosperous businessman, Arthur Birling, where the family have gathered to celebrate the engagement of his daughter, Sheila, to the son of his even more successful competitor.
Into this apparently blissful domestic situation comes a disarmingly knowing policeman, Inspector Goole, with the disturbing news that a young woman has committed suicide in a particularly gruesome way.
As the Inspector questions each member of the party in turn, it seems that everyone in the party knew the victim and may be in different ways responsible for the events leading up to her suicide.
Under the Inspector's remorseless interrogation, even Arthur Birling's implacable wife eventually wilts.
The strong cast will be headed by Stephen Hall as the mysterious Inspector Goole, while David
Edwards will take on the challenging role of the pompous and unforgiving patriarch Arthur Birling. His wife Sybil will be portrayed by Sue de Laroque.
Newcomers Rachel Phipps and Scott Basham will portray the children Sheila and Eric respectively, and Peter Stallwood will take on directorial duties.
An Inspector Calls runs at Wokingham Theatre from Thursday, January 22, to Saturday, January 31. Call the box office on (0118) 978 5363.