Bomberg served in the Royal Engineers between 1915 and 1918. This is one of a series of drawings on Army stationary that he made in 1919. The subject is actors or players on stage at the Pavilion Theatre in Whitechapel. 'Players' was one of the themes comprising the series. According to the artist the series was 'done in twelve parts, each part having twelve variations, each drawing was based on one of twelve patterns, the key to the whole. Each drawing had to be different; one might be groups of fishermen and nets, the other Ballet scenes or dancers'. In these works Bomberg set out to 'prove that form plays one part, content another. Both can operate within one another but [remain] basically unrelated'.