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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Tony’s archive of seaside Pierrot troupes and concert parties is believed to be the most extensive in existence.
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
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
A collaboration with ‘The Grand Theatre of Lemmings’ investigating the seaside performance heritage of the Tendring coast (Clacton, Frinton, Harwich, Walton & Jaywick)
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! 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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