Tony is the impresario behind two successful Helen Foundation-supported projects here in Teignbridge. In 2016, he introduced the idea of Pierrot to young people in Dawlish and Teignmouth as part of the commemoration of WW1, when these troupes flourished. Youngsters were taught that Pierrot troupes, alongside Punch & Judy and pantomime, are one of the very few, indigenous, British performance forms. The young people rehearsed Pierrot routines and songs, and performing to acclaim at a number of local venues and festivals. Terrific success!
This year, Tony trained two local young actors to become seaside entertainers and work with him over the summer holidays in teignmouth, Dawlish and other South West seaside venues. They loved it! See THF October newsletter for details.
Tony's book is about the evolution of popular entertainment in the 20th century – at the seaside, in performing arts, clowning & comedy and popular music. Called "Don’t Forget The Pierrots!'' The Complete History of British Pierrot Troupes & Concert Parties, Tony is launching the book and signing copies in The Dawlish Bookshop on Thursday 6th December 6-8pm.
On Friday 23rd December starting 6.00pm,The Strand Centre in Dawlish will host a candle-lit reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It's suitable for all the family lasting just 1½ hours, with Tony in costume as Charles Dickens. Mince pies & mulled wine served. No charge, but all donations to the Strand Centre Christmas Lunch Appeal would be very welcome.