April 20, 2013 · 12:30 PM
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Come along on Saturday 20th April at either 12:30pm or 3:00pm for a guided walk around Kennington on the early life of the comic genius; Charlie Chaplin!
I'm a massive fan of Charlie Chaplin, so I'll be the guide for the walk.
About the walk
Charlie Chaplin was British and kept British citizenship all his life, even though he spent most of his adult life in America.
He was born in Kennington, London on the 16th April 1889 and lived their until he was 21. He was born into and spent his early years in great poverty in (at the time) one of the poorest areas of London. He joined a performing group and during a tour of the U.S was spotted performing by a scout for Sennett Studios, they signed him up and the rest is history! He went on to star in 81 films mainly during the silent era and playing his 'Little Tramp' character in most of them.
His life is a classic rags to riches story and in his films he was heavily influenced by his poor upbringing. I will guide you round the streets visiting various places that influenced him, the houses where he lived as a child and describing the conditions of the area in late Victorian London. I will tell you the story of his relationships with his mentally ill mother, alcoholic father and the close bond he had with his half brother Sydney. Plus I will also talk about his stage understudy who also went onto become a world famous movie comedian.
I will finish the walk showing you the place where he learnt his famous comedy walk!
The walk is free to Full Members of the group, but £5 for everyone else.
The walk will last about 1h 45mins and we will end by going to a pub not far from Vauxhall Tube Station. Please indicate when you RSVP, whether you want to attend the 12:30pm walk or the 3:00pm walk.
If you can't see us at the station, please call.
Hope to see you there!
07905 901 834
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