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Welcome to Seaside Follies
the national resource & archive for pierrot troupes and concert parties.

This website is a national resource for all information relating to pierrot troupes, concert parties and minstrel troupes of the British seaside. It uses the archive, research work and practice of Tony Lidington (AKA Uncle Tacko!) as the principal resource, as well as a range of other archives and collections.

  • Here you can find-out about the history of pierrot troupes, as well as archives of particular troupes, individuals and resorts.
  • There are academic articles, exhibitions, broadcasts and research projects about the subject, giving a wide overview of the developments in seaside entertainments over the last 200 years.
  • There are sections on contemporary community and research projects and in particular ‘The Pierrotters’ – the last fully-professional seaside pierrot troupe which performed continuously from 1983 until 2010.

Dr Tony Lidington has been researching the subject for over 35 years and this is the first time that this material has ever been collated and digitised for open access.

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Book The New Follies

The New Follies are a new, professional, acoustic seaside pierrot troupe.
The only professional seaside Pierrot troupe performing in Britain today!

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Book an Illustrated Talk

Dr Tony Lidington (Uncle Tacko!) is the country’s leading authority on the history of seaside Pierrot troupes & concert parties. Tony regularly presents illustrated talks and workshops

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Book the Exhibition

Currently there are 3 available exhibitions: 1. ‘The History of Seaside Entertainment’ 2. ‘From Agincourt to Afghanistan’ 3. ‘The Seaside Mutoscope’

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Archives in use:
Dr. Tony Lidington
Max Tyler
John Pertwee
Michael Rouse
Alan Upton
Clacton & District Local History Society
Llandudno Museum Services
University of Exeter archives, special collections

If you have archives, photos, oral history stories then use this form to contact us; we’d love to hear from you!

Visit the Archives

In the Summer of 2018,  ‘The New Follies’ & the youth group ‘The Jollies’ performed on Llandudno seafront,  Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September 2018.

Seaside Follies can run a project like this at your seaside resort!

See the photos & read all about it here

Available to book now for the Summer Season!

The Imaginarium, the mighty Dom-Tink!, the Tinglary, Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus, The Raree Man PeepshowUncle Tacko! & Captain Ginger.
Illustrated Public Talks – Seaside Entertainment, Pantomime, Pre-Cinema, Victorian and Edwardian Entertainments.
Workshops – Puppetry, Street Theatre and Slapstick

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2 months ago

Here's a lovely short video of the Sound of the Street Festival in Taunton last September - you may be able to spot me as the MC! Keep an eye out for all their street music activities this year... ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

📻 Looking ahead to next week's festive edition of ARTZ4U on Soundart Radio 102.5 FM - on what is the last show of 2023 the Entertainingly Different Rob Pudner will be chatting to Promenade Promotions Showman - Dr Tony Lidington about all things Pantomime, he'll be catching up with Folk Artiste - Jackie Oates , Singer - Marion - Music will be introducing a couple of Christmas parodies and last but not least Close Up/Stage Magician - Graham Prigg will be talking about his career and festive memories. As well as plenty of lively chat there will be lots of great music chosen by the guests and a chance to play along with some quick quizzes.🎧 Depending on where and how you're listening you can tune in tomorrow between 12.00pm and 3.00pm or catch the repeat on Saturday morning from 9.00am via 102.5fm, www.soundartradio.org.uk or by using this link icecast.commedia.org.uk:8000/soundart.mp3 ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

Here is another publication that's hot off the press and just in time for Christmas! It's called 'Blockbusters of Victorian Theater, 1850–1910' and published by McFarland & Co. My chapter is called 'L'Enfant Prodigue - A Prodigious Production', all about the French pantomime production of 1890/91 which inspired Clifford Essex to create the first British seaside pierrot troupe and which also provided the subject-matter for the first ever full-length feature film to be produced in Europe. Read more about it here: mcfarlandbooks.com/product/blockbusters-of-victorian-theater-1850-1910/ 😄 ... See MoreSee Less
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