Oral History of Pierrots in Llandudno

Oral history of the Pierrots in Llandudno

Interviews conducted with some of the people we met whilst working on the Seaside Follies project.
These interviews focussed on seaside entertainment in general and Will Catlin’s role in particular.
We would like to thank all those who took part and would welcome any further written or oral contributions to the work.

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Will Catlin & his pierrots

What follows is a discussion conducted by Dr Tony Lidington, with two of Will Catlin’s descendants – Margot Catlin & Jane Smith, on the site of Will Catlin’s ‘Arcradia Theatre’ at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on 5th June 2018.



John Williams – a personal view of Will Catlin, his seaside shows in Llandudno

As a boy, John went to watch Will Catlin’s shows and later he worked for him at ‘The Arcadia’. This interview was conducted by Samantha O’Rourke in July 2018, as he reflects upon the shows, the seaside atmosphere and  Will Catlin the man…


John Williamson
John Williamson

An overview of seaside entertainers and Will Catlin

Dr Tony Lidington talks about the history of seaside shows and Will Catlin’s role in creating a seaside empire of entertainment. Duration: 9′ 28″.

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