Croeso i Seaside Follies – yr adnodd a’r archif genedlaethol am gwmnïau pierrot a phartïon theatraidd

Mae’r dudalen ‘Hafan’ hon ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig, mae’n ddrwg gen i. Mae rhai tudalennau, ond nid pob un ohonynt, ar gael yn Gymraeg a byddwch yn gweld yr opsiwn  language switcher welsh flag ar y tudalennau hynny.

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.


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!

Dr Tony Lidington Graduation

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


Book the Exhibition

Currently there are 3 available exhibitions: 1. ‘The History of Seaside Entertainment’ 2. ‘From Agincourt to Afghanistan’ 3. ‘The Seaside Mutoscope’

Happy Valley Entertainers 1924
Happy Valley Entertainers 1924

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 – defnyddiwch y ffurflen hon i anfon ffotograffau neu ddeunyddiau ar gyfer yr Oriel atom


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!

Gwelwch y photos yma

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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Here is another publication that's hot off the press and just in time for Christmas! It's called 'Blockbusters of Victorian Theater, 1850–1910' and published by McFarland & Co. My chapter is called 'L'Enfant Prodigue - A Prodigious Production', all about the French pantomime production of 1890/91 which inspired Clifford Essex to create the first British seaside pierrot troupe and which also provided the subject-matter for the first ever full-length feature film to be produced in Europe. Read more about it here: mcfarlandbooks.com/product/blockbusters-of-victorian-theater-1850-1910/ 😄 ... See MoreSee Less
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This coming weekend, Prom-Prom are busy brininging festivity and nonsense to the streets of Devon & Cornwall: the 'Christmas Carol-oke' with Scrooge and Christmas Present will be at the switch-on of Bodmin Christmas lights on Friday evening (24th) and then Taunton Winterfest on Sunday (26th). Meanwhile, on Saturday (25th), Captain Ginger will be out in Exeter Town Centre alongside Holly the Bubble Pixie and Penny Plonk... festive larks for all! ... See MoreSee Less
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A quick heads-up that Spike & I will be performing 'A Christmas Carol-oke' in Exeter this weekend - at St Thomas' Christmas Market on Saturday and InExeter's Fore Street Christmas Flea Market on Sunday (both 12-4PM). See you there... "Bah - humbug!" ... See MoreSee Less
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