Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a patriotic playlet, inspired by the war-enthusiasm which it may well help to increase. Its scene is an east coast wireless station, temporarily in charge of the wife of a Naval Reservist who has been called away on duty. While he is absent there comes the message 'Der Tag'; and as the woman is puzzling over this, she becomes the victim of a German spy, whom she has known and befriended in his disguise as a deaf-mute pauper. There ensues a long struggle in which, by the aid of drug dagger and pistol, the German attempts to send to his fleet the message arranged for, and to prevent the woman from sending hers. By her heroism she resists and conquers, just before her husband returns - in time to watch and discuss the progress of a naval action which - largely thanks to her - ends in a British victory, whilst the spy dies of a dose of his own poison. This little drama deals vigorously with the unfriendly power which it attacks; and it's one indiscretion is a needless reference to Mr Redmond (p.4) which, as the author himself suggests by pencil mark, should be omitted. Recommended for License. Ernest A. Bendall

Licensed On: 31 Aug 1914

License Number: 2913

British Library Reference: LCP1914/28

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66076 L


7 Sep 1914 Chelsea Palace, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance