Pioneer Players programme

Pioneer Players programme

This group of short plays was performed in 1912 at the Little Theatre in St John Street. It was produced by the Pioneer Players, a company formed from members of the Actresses' Franchise League. The programme carried adverts for the weekly paper The Suffragette, along with the usual adverts for corsets and shoes.

Honour thy Father by H M Harwood was about a vain old man who discovers that his daughter is a prostitute, but who slowly accepts the idea of taking money from this 'tainted source' rather than have to change his lifestyle. The Thumbscrew by Edith Lyttleton was criticised for lecturing the audience and being 'more pamphlet than drama'.

The plays were produced by Edith Craig (daughter of Ellen Terry). Terry was herself the President of the Actresses' Franchise League and had appeared in the Pioneer Players, first production 'The First Actress'.