Prom-Prom has created a sister website called Seaside Follies which is dedicated to the history and art of Pierrots and Concert Parties. With hundreds of archive photos its a modern resource elements of British Seaside Entertainment and plans to develop
Picture Postcard Monthly article “A treasure trove of joy and rapture – the lost history of pierrots and concert parties rediscovered through postcards” – Dr Tony Lidington My first pierrot postcard was a picture of the ‘Dandy Coons’ of Worthing,
Who Do You Think You Are? for BBC1, Wall to Wall Productions Tony was the expert on seaside entertainment, giving advice about Lee Mack’s ancestor who was a performer and pierrot (TX date TBC)
Sickert’ for SkyArts, 7Wonder Productions Tony was the expert on popular entertainment giving advice to Gus Casely Hayford (director of The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, USA) about the interpretation of Walter Sickert’s 1915 painting ‘The Brighton Pierrots’ (TX date TBC)
Dr Tony Lidington received his PhD for his study of the itinerant British Showman in May 2017 Tony was awarded his doctorate (PhD) through publication and performance practice entitled “‘The Itinerant British Showman’: an exploration of the history and
“Lucky Dicky Crangle & the Cinnabar Moth” – peepshows past & present. Tony Lidington Man of your readers will know of Dr Richard Crangle and his work with Dr Joe Kember on digitising the magic lantern slide collections at the
“A Fantastical Phantasmagorical Phenomenon for the Twenty-First Century – ghosts, gauzes and grandiloquence.” Dr Tony Lidington considers the possibilities and practicalities of re-imagining a phantasmagoria for our conflicted postmodernist age of cynicism and credulity. What are the constituents of a
Punch & Judy May Fayre, Covent Garden 2015 In May 2015, Tony MC’d as Mr Punch at the Covent Garden May Fayre, celebrating 353 years since he was first recorded by Samuel Peyps.
‘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. Promenade
Programmme notes on Joey – King of Clowns & Dan Leno – The King’s Jester Joey – King of Clowns – programme note “Dan Leno – The King’s Jester” programme note
We shall be working with Doorstep Arts & Torbay Council on a 2-year project exploring wartime entertainments – pierrot troupes, concert parties and ENSA; leading to a touring exhibition and show in 2015/16.
Clifford Essex – My Pierrot Hero I first started exploring the history of pierrots and concert parties when I was an undergraduate at Sussex University – I was astonished to find that this entire history of a British popular entertainment
Clifford Essex Tony is writing another series for BBC Radio 4, commissioned by Pier Productions about the first ever Pierrot Troupe created by Clifford Essex in 1891 at Henley Regatta. They were originally called “The Pierrot Banjo Team” but changed