Title ID 5251Collection ID728
Title[Uncle Mack’s Minstrels; North Foreland House]
Date[ca. 1929]
CollectionEnid Briggs pt2
ThemeSeaside Family Life
KeywordsEntertainment Performing Arts Fancy dress Dance
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEnid Briggs
CameraEnid Briggs
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration7 min. 54 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A single performance, made up of various acts by individuals, pairs and groups by Uncle Mack's Minstrels, filmed from the audience by Enid Briggs in the late 1920s.


Two performers, playing drums and piano are joined on stage by several more, all dressed in Pierrot costumes with wide white collars large black buttons, mortarboards and "blackface" make up. In view behind is a sign that reads '"White" Night', advertising another performance without "blackface" make up. The first performer tap dances, spinning around the stage. Next a pair read from a piece of paper. Another sings, accompanied by the piano, and talks to the audience. A pair of performers dance in unison side by side, wearing white hats and corsages pinned to their collars. Another performer sings and shuffles across the stage before speaking to the audience. A boy is shown standing beside the stage. The next performer sings, pointing left and right, tap dancing from one side of the stage to the other. Four performers are shown, each with a script [?], arguing with their hands on their hips. The film ends with scenes shot at Foreland House. A woman wearing a summer dress and hat walks out of the house with a dog. The dog is filmed facing the camera with a sign in his mouth that reads "The Minstrel's Benefit".

Contextual information

Uncle Mack's Minstrels (5255) includes film of a "White Night" performance without "blackface" make up like the one advertised on stage behind the players in this film.

Uncle Mack's Minstrels appear in Marion Grierson's films for the Travel and Industrial Development Association (TIDA) in the 1930s. They are seen during a performance on stage at Broadstairs in Southern Seaside and the sound picture Beside the Seaside, in which Uncle Mack and another performer also tell each other jokes for the camera.

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Journal Articles

“Uncle Mack, Sultan of the Sands (founder of minstrel troupe).” Bygone Kent 6.12 (December 1996): 735-738

A copy of this article about Uncle Mack and his minstrels is available at the Kent History and Library Centre.