Tony created an exhibition called “Oh We Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside” about Pierrots with Heritage Lottery Fund funding

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Oh, We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!
Oh, We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!

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Tony’s archive of seaside Pierrot troupes and concert parties is believed to be the most extensive in existence.


Pierrot Hero: The Memoirs of 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! You can listen to the broadcast here

BBC4 Extra at the British Seaside

Seaside entertainer Tony Lidington takes a trip to Brighton for BBC Radio 4 Extra and reflects how this city has inspired a wealth of seaside memories captured in the BBC Sound Archive.

Other Pierrot Projects

Resorting to the Coast

A collaboration with ‘The Grand Theatre of Lemmings’ investigating the seaside performance heritage of the Tendring coast (Clacton, Frinton, Harwich, Walton & Jaywick)


Rediscovering the Pierrots of Llandudno

A large, Heritage Lottery Fund project, working in collaboration with ‘Venue Cymru’ and  the communities of Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl  & Prestatyn to explore the heritage, legacy and practice of the pierrot troupes in North Wales in the 20th Century.


Chin Up! and Poppies

Chin Up! is a 2-year project, in collaboration with Doorstep Arts, Torbay District Council & the Armed Forces’ Community Covenant. It explores the theme of entertainments during armed service

Poppies is a project in collaboration with DAISI (Devon Arts in Schools Initiative), working in Teignmouth & Dawlish to create a First World War concert party pierrot troupe, which will perform at Exmouth Festival in May 2016.


Here are some historical images and cartoons of Pierrots

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