Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a sketch avowedly intended to ‘make parents realize the deadly danger of the greatest social evil’, so its subject would, until lately, have been considered to unfit it for the stage. Beyond the inevitable offensiveness of the subject - which is of course syphilis - there is no harm in it. It consists merely of an abortive attempt by a girl, who is engaged to a wealthy rake, to obtain from her mother some 'reassurance' about the ‘secret plague’ of which she has read in the papers, and her attempted discussion of which is now snubbed as ‘forward and unladylike’. The mother’s refusal - very unlikely in the circumstances - to enlighten the girl, is followed by a call from her dissolute fiancé’s possible mistress, to warn her that he is in the hands of a doctor and that she ‘might as well sign her death-warrant as marry him’. On the ‘propaganda’ theory, which presumably holds good for music-halls as well as theatres, the dramatic warning against disease must, I suppose, now be recommended for license, Ernest A. Bendall

Licensed On: 7 Jun 1917

License Number: 995

British Library Reference: LCP1917/12

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66167 J

Performances

DateTheatreType
11 Jun 1917 Palace, MaidstoneUnknown Licensed Performance