Punch,  31 (1856), 72.

A Dramatic Board of Health





Disease, Public Health, Sanitation, Amusement

    Regards a new commission appointed to judge Parisian plays as a 'dramatic board of health, who have to wade through all the filth which accumulates in the various moral cesspools—under the name of theatres—in the course of a year'. Extends this analogy, noting, for example, that it is not surprising that the British stage is 'vitiated when there is nothing but poison in the source from which it is supplied [Paris]', and hoping to see 'a stream of pure sentiment [...] running like a little current of disinfecting fluid through the great dramatic sewers'.

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