An Inspector Calls

As the title says, all exits and entrances are important. They are important for different reasons. Some are important because they introduce new characters. Some are important because they cause dramatic tension. Others are important because they start a scene, act or play. I have chosen two entrances and one exit. My entrances are the Inspector walking in on Gerald and Sheila. The other entrance is Eric’s appearance after his walk. The exit I have chosen is the Inspector’s final exit. An Inspector Calls is true to Aristotle’s unities. All of the play takes place in one setting, the house.

The action of the play represents no more than one day and takes place in real time. No action or scene is a digression; all contribute to the play’s main theme, the death of Eva Smith. Because of Aristotle’s unities all the action takes place in one room. Since all the action takes place in one setting all my stage plans will have the same basic shell. The stage changes slightly during the play. At the beginning they are eating so there is a dining table and chairs visible. But later on there are large comfortable chairs and a fireplace.

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This is true to J. B Priestly’s original directions. All my exits and entrances are in the later part of the play so the large chairs and fireplace are on stage. Also on the stage there will be a sideboard for drinks, a door at the back of the stage and two small tables. One table near the door, with the telephone on it, and the other near the three large chairs. The first entrance-Inspector on Gerald and Sheila The first entrance I am looking at is the Inspector’s entrance interrupting Gerald and Sheila while they are talking.

This entrance is at the end of Act one when the curtain falls, and carries on at the beginning of act two in the exact same positions when the curtain rises. In the stage directions it says, “the door slowly opens and the Inspector appears looking steadily and searchingly at them” then at the beginning of Act Two it says, “at the rise, scene and situation are exactly as they were at the end of act one. The Inspector remains at the door for a few moments looking at Sheila and Gerald. Then he comes forward, leaving the door open behind him.

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