Why does Mr Birling “clearly relax” when Edna leaves the room? (#LivesIntertwined pt. 6)
Why does Mr Birling only relax when Edna leaves the room? It’s the first of several such moments during the play where we’re given the distinct impression that Arthur feels uncomfortable around his staff. Let’s explore why this may be the case.
The port before the storm… (#LivesIntertwined pt. 5)
These first lines of dialogue in AIC – and the drink choice! – reveal so much about the personalities of the key players, and about relationships between characters.
“Heavily comfortable” in the Birling residence (#LivesIntertwined pt. 4)
Priestley’s opening stage directions are a terrific introduction to the play. There’s such a lot here to unpack here, and every individual component contributes to a sense of palpable unease…
The chain begins! How Priestley’s 1946 cast bridge the past and present… (#LivesIntertwined pt. 3)
Did you know that the late, great Alec Guinness played Eric in the first British production of An Inspector Calls? Here’s why it’s so important (and why the rest of the original cast are pretty amazing as well)!
Grief, loss and the lies we tell ourselves: why Mrs Birling in ‘An Inspector Calls’ deserves our sympathy… (#LivesIntertwined pt. 1)
Now that I’m a dad, I can’t help but think that Mrs Birling deserves just the tiniest bit of sympathy at the end of ‘An Inspector Calls’. Hear me out…