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The 125 Show – West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea

125th anniversary celebrations for West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea Sunday 12th May 2019 at 6pm. Tony is working with Bunny (Katie Tranter) of the ‘Pier Echoes’ & ‘Pier-we-Goes’ to support members of the Clacton youth theatre in recreating a concert party inspired by the ‘Graham, Russell &  Bentley Concert Party, formed in 1894, who were responsible …

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Barking, Booths and Bottlers: Sussex seashore entertainers between the two World War

Barking, Booths and Bottlers: Sussex seashore entertainers between the two World War Exhibition opens at Worthing Museum on Sunday 21st July ( https://worthingmuseum.co.uk/show/barking-booths-bottlers/ ) This project for 2019/20 celebrates seafront entertainment of the 1920s and 1930s and will tour to museums, schools and seafronts in Sussex this summer. This is an HLF-funded collaboration between Dr Tony Lidington & …

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Seaside Follies website updated with Archives and Project information

We’ve updated this website with information from the prom-prom.com website – the Art of British popular Entertainment. More Archive material has been added and information about the last ten years of work on Pierrots and Concert Parties. A few pages have moved about. Please let us know if you experience any issues with the website …

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New photos of Llandudno Weekend – professional photographer Paul Sampsons’ shots of the Jollies and New Follies

We had a lovely time by the side of the silvery sea in Llandudno this September! As part of a heritage lottery funded project, in collaboration with Venue Cymru, Promenade Promotions created a new pierrot troupe in honour of Will Catlin, the self-styled ‘King of Pierrots’, who toured pierrots throughout the country from 1894 until …

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Exhibition is open at Catlin’s Cafe @ Venue Cymru

The exhibition ran until 13th Jan 2019. It is available for use elsewhere. Just contact us! In Catlin’s Cafe at Venue Cymru (the site of Will Catlin’s Arcada) you will find an Exhibition on the Will Catlin’s Pierrot troupes that were the talk-of-the-town and major tourist attraction in Llandudno from the 1900s to the 1950s. …

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Happy Valley Llandudno – the New Follies visit the site of pierrots’ stage and venue

Happy Valley Llandudno was the performance space used by several pierrot and concert party troupes for decades, drawing audiences in their thousands to their song and dance shows. The location is now occupied by a later-date cafe and the actual stage area is a playground. The New Follies went to have a look at the …

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Seaside Follies – New Pierrot Troupe are alive in Llandudno

On Saturday 29th September 2018 new pierrot troupes – The New Follies and the youth team The Jollies – took to the Llandudno promenade and pier performing the art of the pierrots not seen in Britain since 2010. With songs and dances they performed 6 shows and did long walkabouts, to the delight of visitors …

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