Title ID 5255Collection ID728
Title[Uncle Mack’s Minstrels]
Date[ca. 1927?]
CollectionEnid Briggs pt2
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsEntertainment Performing Arts Fancy dress Seaside Resorts Clothing
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEnid Briggs
CameraEnid Briggs
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration8 min. 5 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A sequence of performances by Uncle Mack's Minstrels, with and without "blackface" make up, filmed by Enid Briggs in the 1920s.


The film opens with a number of children playing on a beach with stage and deck chairs set up behind. A sign on the stage reads "White Night To-night", and the players perform without their Pierrot suits and "blackface" make up. They wear trouser suits and mortarboard hats. Performer tap dance and sing one after another. One appears to talk to the audience before breaking into song, tapping his foot along to the musical accompaniment. A group of four performers wave and sing in choreographed unison. "Blackface" performances begin, in which players are dressed in striped Pierrot costumes. Solo performances accompanied by piano and banjo are followed by a group act in which three performers tap dance in unison.

Related resources

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 avaiable at the Kent History and Library Centre.