Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is the melodrama, effectively worked out, of the firm of Smith and Schmidt, an Englishman and a naturalized German, the former with a daughter whom he is anxious to see married to the latter's son. The action opens just before war breaks out, when the partners are just retiring and leaving the business to their sons. Both lads join the army, young Schmidt as British at heart as young Smith, who soons get killed. Gradually it leaks out that old Schmidt is a traitor though his wife and son are true to their adopted land. During an air-raid it is discovered that Schmidt is in league with the raiders and the sensation-scene of the play is that in which his own son shoots him dead to prevent him using a time-bomb for supplementing the Zeppelin's work, while additional poignance is given to the situation by the fact that Mrs Schmidt is singing at a concert in the cellars to keep up the courage of the workpeople. The horror is built up effectively, though with an amateurish touch: and both action and dialogue are more plausible than is usual in such 'thriller's. The love-interest is quite wholesome if not very convincing: and the play as a whole may go well with audiences just now. Care must be taken however, not to make the bomb-explosion at the end of act IV too realistic in noise. Recommended for License. Ernest A. Bendal. [The following is written in ink below] Written undertaking given that the sound of a bomb explosion will be given by means of the big drum.

Licensed On: 16 Apr 1918

License Number: 1526

British Library Reference: LCP1918/7

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66189 Z


22 Apr 1918 Devonshire Park Theatre, EastbourneUnknown Licensed Performance