Title: Actors Required for Production of J B Priestley's-An Inspector Calls

The play is a three-act drama, which takes place on a single night in April 1912, focusing on the prosperous upper middle-class Birling family,[who live in a comfortable home in the fictional town of Brumley, “an industrial city in the north Midlands”. The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith (also known as Daisy Renton). The family is interrogated and revealed to have been responsible for the young woman’s exploitation, abandonment and social ruin, effectively leading to her death.

Actors needed for the following characters:

Arthur Birling (35+) – Farther of the family
Sybil Birling (35+) – Mother of the family
Sheila Birling – (18-30) – Daughter
Eric Birling – (18-25) – Son
Gerald Croft (20-30) – Finance to Sheila
Inspector Goole – (25+) – Police Inspector

Auditions scheduled for Late October / Early November
Weekly rehearsals starting from late November
Show(s) to be performed late March / Early April
Dates and Venues to be confirmed

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Arthur Birling

Arthur Birling is described as “a heavy-looking, rather portentous man in his middle fifties”, husband of Sybil, and father of Sheila and Eric Birling. He represents the capitalist ruling class, repeatedly describing himself with pride as a “hard-headed businessman”, and the head of a patriarchal family structure, and is arguably the main subject of Priestley’s social critique. Dominant, arrogant, self-centred, and morally blind.

Males, aged 35 to 99 from Leicester, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White


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Sybil Birling

Sybil Birling is the wife of Arthur and mother of Sheila and Eric Birling. She is her husband’s “social superior” and is keen to show him the correct etiquette that is expected from an upper-middle class family. As the leader of a women’s charitable organisation, she assumes a social and moral superiority over Inspector Goole, whose questioning style she frequently refers to as “impertinent” and “offensive”. Like her husband, she refuses to accept responsibility for the death of Eva Smith.

Females, aged 35 to 99 from Leicester, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White


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Sheila Birling

The Birlings’ elder child. She is described as a very pretty girl in her mid-twenties, and delighted about her engagement to Gerald. She starts out as a playful, self-centred girl who loves attention. In addition, she finds Eric to be rather “squiffy” (drunk) often. Throughout the play, she becomes the most sympathetic family member, showing remorse and guilt on hearing the news of her part in the girl’s downfall, and attempting to encourage the family to accept responsibility.

Females, aged 18 to 30 from Leicester, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White


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Eric Birling

He is the Birlings’ youngest child. Eric is revealed to have made Eva Smith pregnant as well as stolen some money from his father’s business to support Eva (although she refuses the money once she knows it is stolen). An alcoholic, his drinking habits are known by everyone except his mother who wants to think of him as a child, and not accept that he is no longer her innocent child but a grown man. When the Inspector is revealed to be a fake, he and Sheila are the only two who still feel guilty.

Males, aged 18 to 25 from Leicester, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience
  • Ethnicity:
    White / Caucasian
  • Skin colour:
    White


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Gerald Croft

The son of Sir George Croft of Crofts Limited, a competitor of Birling and Company, he is at the Birling residence to celebrate his recent engagement to Sheila Birling. Gerald is revealed to have known Eva and installed her as his mistress, becoming “the most important person in her life”, before ending the relationship. After the revelation of his affair, he is not blamed as heavily as the other characters.

Males, aged 20 to 30 from Leicester, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience


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Inspector Goole

A mysterious interrogator who introduces himself as “Inspector Goole”, claiming that he has seen the dead body of Eva Smith/Daisy Renton earlier that day after her slow and painful suicide by swallowing disinfectant, and that he has been given “a duty” to investigate the Birlings’ responsibility for her death.

Males, aged 25 to 99 from Leicester, United Kingdom

  • Minimum Acting experience:
    No previous acting experience


Apply now

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