Recent mention of Adeler & Sutton's Pierrots on this blog brought some correspondence about early entertainers in Rhyl. Above is Charley or Charlie Harvey who was a prominent member of the Adeler troupe - no pun intended.
The photo was taken circa 1908 in Rhyl and shows Mr. Harvey wearing standard pierrot costume. Similar attire was still in use as late as 1940s. The following picture shows Rhyl Amphitheatre's resident Billie Manders' Quaintesques in 1941:
The minstrel pitch on Rhyl sands is shown in the foreground here . . .
. . . and on your left in this shot dated 1905 taken from Queen's Palace:
The minstrel pitch was established in 1890s by the council to get minstrels (strolling players) off the streets and get some rental money out of them.
First to take up the pitch were the black-faced Tom Wood & his Merry Men, then came E.H. Williams' Merrie Men (from 1899) and finally Gilbert Rogers' Jovial Jesters (from 1907 until 1920s):
|Tom Wood & his Merry Men|
The pix of Quaintesques and Tom Wood & his Merrie Men are from Bill Ellis' book Entertainment in Rhyl and North Wales. The remainder are from Yours Truly.
Colin Jones / email: firstname.lastname@example.org