We know, as the Birling
family doesn't, that their comfortable lives, along with all the secrets they contain, are under threat.
Dan Sankey posted on Twitter: "Beautiful afternoon at Birling
Gap cut short by some weird mist, burning everyone's eyes which led to the beach and cliff being evacuated."
Kevin Thomas, as Mr Birling
evolves into a marvellously pompous industrialist as his relations with his children begin to break down.
Gap on the East Sussex coast, where there has been an estimated seven years worth of erosion in just a > few weeks, putting at risk properties once thought safe on the cliff tops National Trust
When the wealthy Birlings
find their dinner party interrupted by an inspector examining the suicide of a young factory worker all deny any hand in her death but all, it transpires, have a hand in it.
It was super to see Sandra Duncan reprise her role as Sybil Birling
, but the gripping intrigue of the characters' interconnectedness, usually a thrilling part of the play, was nowhere to be seen.
Mark Carey is excellent as the dour and tenacious inspector who can barely contain his rage at the selfish excesses of the family and Andy Crabb also stands out as the young, yet world-weary Eric Birling
, the family's drunken layabout son.
Residents of Crangon Cottages at Birling
Gap, a protected beauty spot on the South Downs near Eastbourne, are appealing against a decision to refuse permission for a 185- metre sea barrier at the foot of the crumbling cliffs.
Police are probing the source of the mystery haze, which struck a six-mile stretch of the East Sussex coastline from Eastbourne to Birling
Gap on Britain's hottest August Bank Holiday weekend in years.
The route will please the television executives - coverage has been expanded so live footage will be broadcast three hours a day - with picturesque sections around Beachy Head and Birling
Keir Hardie will be birling
in his grave about Labour abandoning their commitment to Home Rule.
Sandra Duncan gets her comic timing perfectly right as harridan Sybil Birling
, while David Roper spills blustery egotism as her boasting husband.