British servicemen in drag playing characters in a play. Photograph, ca. 1918.
- [ca. 1918?]
About this work
Men in drag playing the Pasha and his wives. A British concert party somewhere in the Middle East towards the end of World War I. A crude stage set has been erected on bare earth, with a central folding screen placed centrally, within which are enthroned one man in drag and another wearing an Ottoman costume: one may assume they represent the Turkish leader Sultan Mehmed V Reshad and his fifth wife. Six further 'wives' are seated on the ground, and are attended by a belly dancer and servant holding a fan. Represents 'The giddy Pasha and his wives. Also Martha' (according to inscription on verso of print catalogued)
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1918?]
1 photograph : photoprint ; sheet 8.8 x 13.8 cm
Wellcome Library no. 2043067i