The Sins of Society: On Board the SS Beachy Head

The Sins of Society: On Board the SS Beachy Head

The Sins of Society, produced at Drury Lane in 1907, contained more sensational scenes created by Bruce Smith and his fellow designers at the theatre, Henry Emden and R McCleery. There was a dramatic scene at a weir in which the hero, wrongly suspected, dived into the waters to escape police pursuit.

The Tatler thought this 'a splendid example of stage realism ... never before has real water poured over a weir so realistically'. This photograph is of Smith's set for the troopship SS Beachy Head, which involved our hero in another spectacular moment as 'he alone escapes from the sinking troopship which, with ordered discipline and soldiers singing the National Anthem as they await their death, affords a superb spectacle of patriotism' (The Sketch).