Our next meeting:
the day Robb broke out

An illustrated talk (with film clip)
by Dr Tom Preston
in Gateacre Chapel, Gateacre Brow L25 3PB
on Monday 5th June at 7.30 p.m.
The great Liverpool comedian, Robb Wilton, died exactly 60 years ago. Famous for his wartime monologue, 'The Day War Broke Out...', Robb also created many other characters such as the Police Sergeant, the Fire Chief, and most memorably, the magistrate Mr Muddlecombe JP.

Robb was a master of  comic timing and 'fussy inaction'. His comedy has been a significant influence on Coronation Street and Dad's Army. His long career began in Victorian melodrama and ended with commercial TV in the 1950s. His life and career is a commentary on British social history over a period of great change and two world wars.

Wilton had strong local connections. He spent his early life in Woolton, made his stage debut in Garston, and spent his final years in Allerton.

Tom Preston has been giving talks on music hall and popular entertainment for many years. He is presently writing a biography of Wilton (the first!) to be published next year.

ALL WELCOME - Admission free - Donations invited

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