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Captain Of The Lost Waves

Mar 8th 2018 @ Katie Fitzgerald's

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
I Was There
Thursday, March 8th, 2018
8:00 PM
Katie Fitzgerald's
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
To see a performance by the eccentric enigma that is Captain of the Lost Waves. With a personality bigger than the sun, The Captain shines just as bright.We sit there, enveloped in our Britishness.
What to expect from this figure in a feather embellished top hat and militaryish jacket?
I am reminded of The Mad Hatter's tea party!
Pages from a diary laid open; poetry, prose, dialogue, bouzouki and song..
And all of a sudden, there he is.. among us!
Him and his expressive face.
Playing with us.
Fretboard fingers, singing, laughing, with his amazing vocal range, flirting with baritone and falsetto in equal measure.
And still his expressive face!
We sit there, wide-eyed, caught in the headlights of intimate, engaging performance..
Sit there we do, in our Britishness!
But wait, what's this?
An all enveloping warmth of spirit, that tempts us from our indigenous reserve.
Part of us wants to rebel against this growing desire to become members of a 'participative audience.'
Yet we are powerless to resist!
Even so, we have all been left behind, by two early, or late, ladybirds, who are drawn to The Captain.
They fly to him, alight on his face and jacket and so become part of theshow.
Such is The Captain's power!
Before we know it, we are singing with strange voices, admitting, maybe confessing, that we love each other, while making sounds previously unknown to mankind!
We look at each other..
'This is different,' we admit to ourselves.
We are clearly shedding the burden of our natural, very British reserve.
This is artistic, theatrical, musical emancipation of the soul!
There is more
'Holy poo,' I think to myself.
'Did I just actually volunteer to play the kazoo?!'
Well, actually Yes!
And the jewels to be found in all this organised mayhem, are the beautiful songs and evident musicianship that grace the stage of The Captain's world.
The last number, inspired by The Mr Men books, was an absolute triumph and made my throat hurt, with its beautiful sentiment and melody.
Captain of the Lost Waves!
This man is passionate!
No question!
He believes!
And now, so do I!
His show is fun, funny, captivating, engaging, fascinating, fanciful, beautiful, enthralling.
But most of all, it is liberating!
Go and see Captain of the Lost Waves.
His show is surely the antidote to feeling blue!
Bloody brilliant!
Just bloody brilliant!
Alan Rutherford, Madhouse Brewery Arts Centre