Academic Papers & Articles

From Pedrolino to a Pierrot image

Calvert: From Pedrolino to a Pierrot
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In the Belly of the Beast The Itinerant British Showman

In the Belly of the Beast The Itinerant British Showman
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Pierrots Perfected - Louis Rihll and Artistic Developments in Concert Party

Pierrots Perfected: Louis Rihll and Artistic Developments in Concert Party Entertainment on the London and Provincial Stage, 1900-1930
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The Follies of War - Cross-Dressing and Popular Theatre on the British Front 1914-18

Download PDF – The Follies of War: Cross-Dressing and Popular Theatre on the British Front 1914-18

THE RAT PACK AND THE BRITISH PIERROT

The Rat Pack & The British Pierrot by Dave Calvert
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English Ethiopians - British Audiences and Black Face 1835 -1865

English Ethiopians – British Audiences and Black Face Acts 1835 -1865
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Splinters - Cross-Dressing Ex-Servicemen on the Interwar Stage

Splinters: Cross-Dressing Ex-Servicemen on the Interwar Stage
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The Neglected Art - Trends, Transformations, and Innovations in British Concert Party Entertainment, 1850-1950

The Neglected Art: Trends, Transformations, and Innovations in British Concert Party Entertainment, 1850-1950
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Adriane Despot - Jean-Gaspard Deburau and the Pantomime at the Theatre des Funambules

Adriane Despot – Jean-Gaspard Deburau and the Pantomime at the Theatre des Funambules
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oh we do like to redine the seaside

Oh, We Do Like to Redefine the Seaside!
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Strangers on the Shore - Racialized Representation, Identity and Invisibilities of Whiteness at the English Seaside

Strangers on the Shore? Racialized Representation, Identity and In/visibilities of Whiteness at the English Seaside
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Dr Tony Lidington GraduationDr Tony Lidington received his PhD for his study of the itinerant British Showman in May 2017 

Tony was awarded his doctorate (PhD) through publication and performance practice entitled “‘The Itinerant British Showman’: an exploration of the history and contemporary realisation of three popular entertainment forms” by Exeter University in May 2017 .

This thesis was presented as an ebook – if you would like to read the original version, complete with video excerpts and interactive footnotes & appendices, please contact Tony directly. A reduced version of the thesis was published in the international performance journal ‘Popular Entertainment Studies’ 190-963-1-PB Published article in Popular Entertainment Studies

Recent Talks and Lectures

Dates of talks/papers for teaching & research:

  • “A treasure trove of joy and rapture – the lost history of pierrots and concert parties rediscovered through postcards” – Picture Postcard Monthly, June 2018
  • ‘In the Belly of the Beast: The Itinerant British Showman and the definition of ‘Seer Performance’’. Popular Entertainment Studies, March 2017
  • Paper: for ‘A Million Pictures AHRC project “A Fantastical Phantasmagorical Phenomenon for the Twenty-First Century – ghosts, gauzes and grandiloquence.” (2017)
  • Lecture: ‘“The wonder of all wonders that ever the world has wondered at…”- nineteenth century itinerant peepshows and their re-imagining for a digital age.’ Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University (2017)
  • ‘The History of Commedia costume in popular British performance’ for costume & design BA course at Bournemouth University (2018 & 2015)
  • Keynote speech at ACE’s Arts Fund-raising & Philanthropy Fellowships (2013)
  • ‘Travelling peepshows – past and present’ The Magic Lantern (Autumn 2016)
  • ‘My Pierrot Hero’, Banjo Mandolin Guitar journal(Summer 2015)
  • ‘New Terms for Old Turns’,New Theatre Quarterly Volume III Number 10 (May 1987)
  • Exeter University – ‘Flea circuses, showmanship & pantomime’
  • Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network, Cambridge University – ‘19th century peep-shows re-imagined in the digital age’ for the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
  • Plymouth Art College – ‘Commedia Costume into the Modern Age’. Bournemouth University – ‘The history, evolution & meaning of the British pierrot tradition’
  • Bournemouth University – ‘The history, evolution & meaning of the British pierrot tradition’.
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