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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1 month ago

This Summer, we selected seven lucky young performing trainees from a diverse background and created The Sunshine Follies! Alongside a host of veteran outdoor/seaside performers, they were trained in the art of barking, as well various other essential skills. You may have even seen them on the Teignmouth seafront, at the RAMM amphitheatre or on Exeter Quayside! Watch the video to learn more and see the trainees in action!A massive thanks to Arts Council England and all our funders, the local authorities and arts organisations, the trainees and of course – our audiences. See you next year! ... See MoreSee Less
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40 Years a Showman...So, another hectic summer season finally came to an end this weekend: Prom-Prom has delivered more than 30 dates over the recent summer holidays, we have employed more than 25 professional artists and reached tens of thousands of live audience members, plus millions more through the broadcast media. We have had support from public, private and voluntary sector organisations and provided countless smiles throughout the summer.Thank you to everyone who has worked and played so hard with us this year and to everyone who came along and supported us. We hope to see you again next season, when we shall do it all again!This has been my 40th year providing entertainment on the promenades and streets of Britain and although I sometimes get weary these days, it has been a delight to spend my time with such a wonderful goup of people and to be a part of an industry that is so joyful, light-footed and accessible. There is nothing finer than to earn a living spending the day performing to thousands on the seafront and then watching the sun sink over the horizon, with an ice cream in my hand - thinking of doing it all over again tomorrow! (The photograph is entitled 'End of Summer' by Dave Snow of Snowphoto, taken at our last gig in Dawlish) ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

As our traineeship draws to a close, we reflect on the training and rehearsal process. While only a few week ago, our trainees have come so far that it seems longer! We will miss all of them and wish them well in their performance careers!#outdoorarts #familyfun #covidsafe #training #artscouncilengland #circusskills #seasideentertainment ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Wondering where to catch the next Prom-Prom show? Fear not! The listings are here:Thursday 26th August – the amphitheatre, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter. Michael Loader (storyteller), Dr Pandemonious Fish (circus nonsense) and MarkMark productions. Shows throughout the day: 11-4PM (weather dependent) + seaside games..Friday 27th August – the Transit Shed, Exeter Quayside. Michael Loader (storyteller), Dr Pandemonious Fish (circus nonsense) and MarkMark productions. Shows throughout the day: 11-4PM.Saturday 28th August – Exeter Street Arts Festival, Exeter Cathedral Green. Punch & Judy 11.30 & 2.30PM; Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus 1.00PM (weather dependent) + seaside games..Sunday 29th August – Dawlish Carnival Day, Dawlish Piazza by The Lawn. Punch & Judy 11.30 & 2.30PM; Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus 1.00PM (weather dependent) + seaside games. .Tuesday 31st August & Wednesday 1st September - Teignmouth seafront between the skatepark, the play park and the lighthouse. 11-4: Punch & Judy 11.30 & 2.30PM; Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus 1.00PM (weather dependent) + seaside games. ... See MoreSee Less
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