Raree Man’s Peepshow

Now featuring THREE shows in repertoire:

  1. “The Banker’s Progress” (a 21st Century take on Hogarth’s ‘Rake’s Progress’ & the South Sea Bubble).
  2. “Lucky Dicky Crangle & the Cinnabar Moth” (a new adventure story with a political punch, created from the newly-digitised slide collection held at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter).
  3. Jack & the Beanstalk” (a good old pantomime for all the family with magic, trapdoors, pyrotechnics, a growing beanstalk and a terrifying giant!)

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‘The Raree Man’s Peepshow’ is Tony Lidington’s latest venture into the world of historical, nonsensical popular entertainments

Like ‘Uncle Tacko’s Flea Circus’ and ‘The Imaginarium’  this is the next brilliantly bonkers and highly entertaining project to explore historical forms in contemporary contexts.

It was developed in 2015 and had great shows. Available for 2016. Book this unique act now! 

The Raree Man’s Peepshow from Steve Sowden on Vimeo.

The peepshow was one of the most popular forms of street entertainment in the 18th and 19th centuries – not only depicting scenes for amusement, but often as a medium to educate, showcase exotic scenarios and present moral tales. The form is now almost unknown, but is an ideal means by which to engage with a contemporary public– a show that is at once interruptive and intimate, familiar and unexpected.

Promenade Promotions has recreated the pre-cinematic  entertainments of the 18th and 19th centuries for both amusement and education in a wondering age. The Raree Man’s Peepshow has been brought into the 21st century

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the Raree Man’s Peepshow poster

This is a new project from Promenade Promotions. The initial R&D phase was funded by a ACE GFA award, with support from the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, The Northcott Theatre Exeter, Exeter University and Exeter Unexpected Festival.

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