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Concert Party

Performers from the Asylum for the Blind dressed as pierrots for their concert party, c 1920. It is not known if they gave performances other than at the Asylum in Castle Street.

Concert parties were popular forms of seaside entertainment in the first half of the 20th century. Bandstands were converted into little stages where small groups of performers would entertain audiences with songs, dances and sketches. The quality of entertainment was good and they were always well attended. Up-and-coming performers often started their career in concert parties. Many would "bottle" their audiences by holding out a long pole with a wooden box attached to the end: audiences were expected to make a small contribution for their entertainment.

Following the tradition of concert parties larger scale variety shows, often with resident companies, began to gain popularity.

Reference: STA JLC PP 286

Glasgow University Library, Special Collections

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