Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

An extremely crude and amateurish specimen of the war-play, working in all the melodramatic conventions of 'the day'. It has for its villain the usual German spy, in usual Canadian surroundings, where he brings by nearly parting an exceptionally foolish heroine from her lover, who presently leaves to join the Canadian Contingent. After some strange doings in the Park Lane house of the heroine's father - a baronet wrongfully accused of her lover's father's murder - the hero is provided with a long-lost mother, who turns up in the guise of a Nursing Sister suffering from complete loss of memory concerning her past. There follow some singular military manoeuvres in Flanders, where the German spy figures as a ferocious hun, and some remarkable efforts of his when, disguised as a French refugee, he is discovered with carrier pigeons in his pockets. An utterly silly but harmless confection of newspaper reports from the front, served up as family herald fictions. Recommended for license. Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 15 Mar 1915

License Number: 3271

British Library Reference: LCP1915/7

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66093 B

Performances

DateTheatreType
5 Apr 1915 Metropole Theatre, OpenshawUnknown Licensed Performance
7 Jun 1915 Hippodrome, PrestonProfessional
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Any of Seila Walsh’s masterpieces are! always welcome in Preston, and backed the supreme organisation of Harry Foxwell’s company, the military drama from the pen of that talented authoress doubly, welcome. This latest attraction real soul-stirring picture aof the great war typifying the love the Colonies bear us, and proving that British hearts heat strongly over the sea home. The drama drawing appreciative to the Hippodrome, and its success is well deserved. There are ten different scenes in the piece, ranging from Canadian storehouse to the field of battle, and the appropriate atmosphere wonderfully well caught. The cast is a good one, and pride of place cannot so much be accorded on outstanding merit individual taste. (Preston Herald, 9 June 1915)
5 Jun 1916 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Harry Fox's company. 'A very promising and spirited opening with scenes far out in Manitoba: but in its second part the piece tends to become merely a War drama of the now stereotyped sort' (Stage, 8 June 1916)