Pierrot Hero: The Memoirs of Clifford Essex

Clifford Essex

A three part series, about Clifford Essex, who founded the first ever Pierrot Troupe in 1891 at Henley Regatta. The series was inspired by the biography of Clifford Essex, which Tony found in the British Library after 20 years of searching!

Originally called “The Pierrot Banjo Team” they changed their name to “Clifford Essex’s Royal Pierrots” after performing for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) on board the Royal Yacht at Cowes Regatta in August 1891.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Commissioned by Pier Productions, the series was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2013.

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