An Audience With Max Wall

Tony Lidington plays the entertainer Max Wall in this series of shows recorded before an invited audience at the Concert Artistes' Association in Covent Garden.

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AR01First Footings *2007120320090809

Tony Lidington plays entertainer Max Wall in a series of shows recorded before an invited audience at the Concert Artistes' Association in Covent Garden.

Max recalls his birth into a showbiz world of spit and sawdust in Brixton in 1908.

His father was Jack Lorrimer, a Scottish character comedian famous for songs and eccentric dancing.

Max recalls seeing Marie Lloyd and Little Titch perform.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

AR02Foundations Of A Wall20071204

Max describes his own comedy dance routine, which influenced Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks.

He recalls his exploits as a successful entertainer in the night clubs of Berlin and Paris, where he performed with Maurice Chevalier in the late 1920s.

AR02Foundations Of A Wall *2009082520090816

Tony Lidington plays entertainer Max Wall in a series of shows recorded before an invited audience at the Concert Artistes' Association in Covent Garden.

Max describes his own comedy dance routine, which influenced Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks.

He recalls his exploits as a successful entertainer in the nightclubs of Berlin and Paris, where he performed with Maurice Chevalier in the late 1920s.

A Pier production for BBC Radio 4.

Max describes his own comedy dance routine and recalls his exploits in Berlin and Paris.

AR03Cracks In The Wall20071205

Max describes his tempestuous relationship with his mother Stella.

When war breaks out in 1939, Max becomes a wireless operator in the RAF, but continues to entertain.

AR03Cracks In The Wall *2009090220090823
AR04The Crumbling Wall20071206

Max describes his invention of the character Prof Wallowski, dressed in a ridiculous bald wig, indecent black tights, green waistcoat and big shoes.

But by the 1950s, Max's career is in decline.

AR04The Crumbling Wall *2009091020090830

Max describes his invention of the character Prof Wallowski, dressed in a ridiculous bald wig, indecent black tights, green waistcoat and big shoes.

But by the 1950s, Max's career is in decline.

Max describes his invention of the character Prof Wallowski.

AR05 LASTWhen The Dust Has Settled2007120720090906

Max describes the success he enjoyed in later life as a character actor, with parts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Terry Gilliam's film Jabberwocky, together with theatre work in Krapp's Last Tape and The Entertainer.

Max describes the success he enjoyed in later life as a character actor.