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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?]

Physical description

1 photograph : photoprint ; sheet 8.8 x 13.8 cm


Wellcome Library no. 2043067i



  • English


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