Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This little play defined as a ‘Sinn Fein episode’, is a vigorous dramatic argument between two Irish brothers, one of whom has enlisted and has fought in France, while the other has become an officer in the sinn fein ‘army’. The latter preaches that ‘if the Germans win they will help our cause’, and his brother sensibly points out that ‘if the Germans win’ there will be no cause to help. The Sinn Feiner remains unconvinced till he hears from his soldier-brother that his own betrothed, a Red Cross nurse, has been killed by one of the shells which the Germans deliberately drop upon hospitals. Thereupon he resolves to join up with his brother to fight the inhuman foes of England who cannot possibly be Ireland’s true friends. The political and patriotic motive is driven home with much force, if with scant subtlety; and the sketch can only do good. Recommended for license Ernest A. Bendall

Licensed On: 4 Dec 1917

License Number: 1266

British Library Reference: LCP1917/24

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66179 E

Performances

DateTheatreType
N/A Theatre Royal, Great YarmouthUnknown Licensed Performance
6 May 1918 Empire Theatre, BurnleyProfessional
23 Sep 1918 Palace Theatre, AberdeenProfessional
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Performed twice nightly
16 Dec 1918 Grand Palace, Clapham Junction, LondonProfessional
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Performed twice nightly