[Uncle Mack's Minstrels]
- Contextual Information
- ID no. 1018
- Accession no. K 940000 / 1
|Date||1930 - 1931|
|Production||Enid S. Briggs|
|Summary||A compilation of several different performances, filmed by local amateur film-maker, Enid Briggs. The film has intertitles throughout.|
|Description||Blackfaced entertainers perform songs and tap-dance routines on an open-air stage on the sands. The minstrels are named as Alex, Jack, John, Harry, Barney and Uncle Mack. The stage is decorated with posters advertising other performances - one of which is a 'White Night', a performance without their black 'burnt cork' make-up. Wearing all-in-one clown-style suits and mortarboards, routines are performed by individuals and as a group, accompanied by piano, drum and banjo. The audience are seen watching them, though some of the children are enjoying the performance from under the stage. A ticket-seller makes his way through the audience. Still with their blackened faces but wearing ordinary clothes over their costumes, the troupe act out a sketch - a comedy about a wedding set around an anvil. "The End".
The following scenes were filmed the previous year, 1930. "Bravo! Uncle Mack!" "Winners of a Weekly Dispatch £10 Prize". Wide-shot showing Uncle Mack's Minstrels on stage. The troupe perform a song together; the banjo player at the centre, the others strumming invisible banjos.
A woman leaves her house and walks along the promenade, her dog carrying a wooden sign advertising 'The Minstrels Benefit - Today at 3'. Another performance follows. The minstrels are listed as Harry, Alec, John, Jack, Ally and Uncle Mack.
|Keywords||Beaches; Entertainment; Performing Arts; Seaside Resorts|
|Duration||10 mins 45 secs|
|Screen Archive South East, University of Brighton;
University of Kent Library
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