"Don't forget the Pierrots!" : the complete history of British Pierrot troupes and concert parties / Tony Lidington.Language: English Series: Routledge advances in theatre & performance studiesPublisher: Abingdon ; New York : Routledge, 2023Beskrivning: xxv, 405 sidor illustrationerInnehållstyp: text Mediatyp: unmediated Bärartyp: volumeISBN: 9780367489182Ämne(n): Pierrot (fiktiv gestalt) | 1800-talet | 1900-talet | Teatergrupper -- historia | Clowner -- historia | StorbritannienDDK-klassifikation: 791.33 SAB-klssifikation: Iköe
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Preface: “The Pierrot fable” -- Introduction -- 1. “Here we are again!”: Current practice -- 2. “Trope to troupe”: The origins of Pierrot in Britain -- 3. Minstrels: White and black -- 4. “The Seaside Minstrels” -- 5. Proliferation -- 6. “Bringing Blighty to the Boys with troupes for the troops”: Pierrot troupes and concert parties in the First World War -- 7. Ambiguities in the evolution of the form and its developments during the inter-war years -- 8. Khaki-clad pierrot heroes: British concert parties/pierrot troupes in the Second World War -- 9. “It’s that troupe again …”: Concert party adaptations for the airwaves and post-war British pop culture -- 10. “Impacts and reverberations”: The ways in which the seaside troupe format has directly -- Contents: affected contemporary culture -- 11. Conclusion: Pierrots and concert parties provide a portal to past, present and future popular culture -- Appendices: Appendix 1: Timeline of pierrot/concert-party projects / by Tony Lidington -- Appendix 2: Programme for Moore & Burgess Minstrels, April 14th 1877 -- Appendix 3: Early members of Clifford Essex’s troupe -- Appendix 4: Table illustrating the date of the first connections to seaside resorts by steamer and railway -- Appendix 5: Spreadsheet of troupes with the words “Royal” or “Imperial” in the title -- Appendix 6: List of troupes formed prior to the First World War -- Appendix 7: Song books & publishers for pierrot troupes and concert parties -- Appendix 8: List of troupes operating in the First World War -- Appendix 9: Pierrot troupe list for 1918–1939 -- Appendix 10: Numbers of ENSA performances (from information provided by Basil Dean) -- Appendix 11: Annual budgetary expenditures for ENSA -- Appendix 12: List of seaside shows opening 1946–1961 -- Appendix 13: The Roosters
"This volume is the first authoritative historical textbook to look at the origins, development and evolution of seaside pierrot troupes and concert parties and their popular performance heritage. It will provide, for the first time, a definition of the pierrot troupe and its evolution from the roots of European popular traditions such as the commedia dell’arte and minstrelsy, to links between music hall and contemporary popular culture. Tony Lidington will explore how pierrot troupes grew from a single idea into a major international cultural industry and how it boosted morale and national identity during the two World Wars, before sublimating into contemporary pop music and comedy. Tony’s continuing practice as research provides an experiential framework for the historical and ethnographic analysis of the form. This book will be of vital interest to students, researchers, and performers of outdoor (al fresco) arts, clowning and comedy, minstrelsy, vernacular music-making and music hall." -- Baksida.