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A bit heavy to take on the plane to Spain, nowadays. I bet this box could tell a tale or two.
This is the first artefact I have seen from Clifford Essex's Royal Pierrots - I have researched their work for years and myself run the last-remaining professional seaside Pierrot troupe - "The Pierrotters". Where is the trunk located and could I come and see it some day? Do you know if any other artefacts remain of the original troupe? Many thanks for your help in this.
With Best Wishes
I don't know of any other remains of the troupe, I bought this many years ago from a lady who had some connection with CR, but I cannot remember what the connection was - she asked me not to publicise the fact that I had bought trunk from her, but I suppose that she will have passed on by now.
There is a photograph of the 'Original Pierrots' which I have posted on this website, also, odd bits of banjo, and vocal music, bear the legend 'As played by the Clifford Essex Royal Pierrots' otherwise, nothing of which I am aware.
I did see your troupe on the television one time, you looked the part.
I divide my time between Whitby and Scarborough, if you are coming this way let me know, you are welcome to have a look at the trunk.
Thanks, Richard - I'd love to see it when I'm next up there (I am performing in a show about Dan Leno at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on 13th June, so maybe we could meet then?) I wonder why the lady felt awkward about the sale - was she embarrassed at the pierrot connection, do you think?
The Pierrotters do not have the banjo-playing skills or style of CE's troupe - we are closer to the al fresco minstrels and Waterloo Pierrots from up your way!
Please contact me about your proposed visit on the 13th June. 01723 375111
I shall try and ring over the weekend, although I am performing during the day...is evening OK to ring ? Uncle Tacko!
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