Doha Players 'An Inspector Calls' - this week
Venue: Black Box Theatre, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Education City
Dates & times: 22 & 23 October at 6.30pm, 24 & 25 October at 7.30pm
Tickets: QR75 from Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Centre (11am-1pm only), The One in Landmark and Villaggio.
Probably the best known play by J.B Priestley, “An Inspector Calls” explores what responsibility society owes to those who are less successful whether through their own actions or the consequences of the decisions we make. Do we simply need to look after ourselves or do we owe an obligation to those affected by our actions, even when we believe that our actions were correct? If we had the opportunity to revisit our past actions and see the consequences of them, would we reconsider our position, would we change our behaviour?
The play is set in Protected content . At dinner at the Birling’s home, Arthur Birling, a wealthy mill owner and local politician, and his family are celebrating the engagement of their daughter to Birling's competitor's son. After dinner, Arthur speaks about the importance of self-reliance; a man, he says, must make his own way and protect his own interests.
Inspector Goole arrives and explains that a woman called Eva Smith killed herself. He implies that she has left a diary naming names, including members of the Birling family. Gradually we learn how each family member has interacted with Eva, and how each contributed to her downfall. As each family member’s role in her demise is exposed they have a chance to reflect on their actions.