Students from Years 10 and 11 saw an adaptation of the classic play ‘An Inspector Calls’ in preparation for their English literature GCSE. The production was staged by touring company Katch 22, using three actors to play all the roles.
After the hour-long performance Ellis Creez, Naomi Albans and Daniel Hewson took part in a 20 minute question and answer session. Ellis, who played three characters, said: ‘There is a lot of information to get across in a short space of time and you have to make sure it is dynamic, alive and still entertaining. The play is a social document in the style of a whodunnit, and the students had lots of quite interesting theories.’
Daniel, who was the Inspector, added: ‘It is essential for novels and plays to be brought to life so students can see how relationships develop and maybe see something written between the lines of the play. If they can gather an emotion from a facial expression instead of using a page of text that tells you how this person is feeling then the students will remember it and hopefully when it comes to the exams they will be able to think back to this production.’
Head of English, Gemma Marks said: ‘The students seemed engaged and the questioning afterwards showed that they had really thought about lots of the key themes and ideas. The students should have been looking for the dramatic devices and their impact, key themes, their impressions of characters and who they think was most responsible.’