The New Follies are a new, professional, acoustic seaside pierrot troupe – ideal for any seaside resort, heritage or family fun day, Victorian/Edwardian or folk festival.
The only professional seaside Pierrot troupe performing in Britain today! Featuring 5 versatile professional performer/musicians. They sing, dance and act short comedy routines for all the family in the open air or for indoor cabarets. Entirely acoustic and mobile, they can perform just about anywhere – so long as it’s not raining!
Ideal for seaside promenades, festivals, heritage events and family fun days.
Tony regularly presents illustrated talks and workshops about British Seaside Entertainment and the History of Pierrots & Concert Parties. He has regularly presented for history & civic societies, academia, further education & schools, WIs & Probus clubs. Dr Tony Lidington (Uncle Tacko!) is the country’s leading authority on the history of seaside Pierrot troupes & concert parties.
Recent Talks : University of Exeter; Theatre and Performance Research Association(Aberystwyth University); Resorting to the Coast Conference; Teignbridge Community School; Dawlish Community School; The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond; Arts University Bournemouth; Plymouth Art College; Bangor University.
Currently there are 3 available exhibitions:
1. ‘The History of Seaside Entertainment’
(20 X A3, framed panels about the evolution of seaside entertainment from the Georgian era to the present day.
2. ‘From Agincourt to Afghanistan’
(10 X unframed, double-crown panels about the use of concert party in the armed forces – ideal for Armed Forces’ Day & educational events)
3. ‘The Seaside Mutoscope’
(a hand-cranked, digital representation of the end-of-the-pier, what-the-butler-saw machine, showing 3 short films about seaside entertainment – this can be combined with either of the other exhibitions)