Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A well-written and (I think) very accurate study of a phase of soldiering there is no ‘plot’: it is simply a slice of daily life. The scene is in a men’s mess room in barracks at Malta at the beginning of the war and the men are Territorials, nicely distinguished from soldiers in the old army as showing more of their different civilian types. Two young cockneys have a quarrel; the corporal scolds them and is chaffed about his age - he is really 50; one young private turns out to be a gentleman, fresh from Cambridge. One of the young cockneys get a newspaper and letters, and learns from the former that his brother has been killed. He gets the Cambridge boy to read his letters for him and then persuades him to read one he (the Cambridge boy) has been writing to his girl. The scene closes on the general arrival of letters and papers and the putting out of the lights. There is of course no woman in the cast. The boys talk frankly of their views of the war and so forth, and there is no attempt to idealize in the popular way either their lives or themselves. But they are all good fellows in their different ways, and no intelligent spectators could fail to have an increased sympathy and pride in them and their like. Recommended for license, G. S. Street

Licensed On: 8 Jun 1916

License Number: 285




British Library Reference: LCP1916/13

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66134 R


17 Jun 1916 Lyceum Theatre, EdinburghUnknown Licensed Performance