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Single Spies

by Alan Bennett

Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th February 2004

The Beacon Centre
01494 677764

An Inspector Calls

by J B Priestley

performed by BTG February 1953

A Play

The action of the play occurs in an English industrial city when a young girl commits suicide and an eminently respectable British family is subject to a routine inquiry in connection with the death. An inspector calls to interrogate the family, and during the course of his questioning, all members of the group are implicated lightly or deeply, in the girl's undoing. The family, closely-knit and friendly at beginning of the evening, is shown up as selfish, self-centered or cowardly, its good humour turning to acid, and good fellowship to dislike, before the evening is over. Surprising revelation, however, is in the inspector - who turns out to be no copper at all, but a mysterious individual with full knowledge of everyone's connection with the suicide. The novel closing switch occurs after the false inspector has been shown up and no suicide has been recorded, and an actual policeman preparing to show with a last-minute suicide reported, to tie in mysteriously with all the foregoing.

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