Hyperactive Thomas Dolby returns

‘Windpower’, ‘Hyperactive!’ and ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ were the futuristic synth anthems of Thomas Dolby back in the 1980s. He’s now taking his Invisible Lighthouse Tour around the UK this autumn. Chris Page (9 Aug’13)

The musician, record producer has added film-making to his art and his tour sees Dolby take his latest film project on the road, and present it to audiences as a unique theatrical experience.  Indeed, the tour venues represent some of the UK’s most historic arthouse cinemas.

And the fascination with lighthouses? There is a mysterious island across the water off the East Anglian coast that, during its chequered history, has been an airfield, a military testing ground for experimental weapons and home to the main transmission network for the BBC World Service.  On the tip of the island is a beautiful lighthouse. “Since I was a small child, I have fallen asleep, at night, to the soothing periodic flash of the light on my bedroom wall,” says Thomas Dolby. But, now, it is about to be closed down.

Lighthouses are becoming obsolete as ships adopt satellite navigation and Dolby has adopted the swansong with this impressionistic documentary that follows in the vein of his music and lyrics, describing it as “a kind of tone poem with music and moving images.”

Thomas Dolby’s The Invisible Lighthouse Tour is a unique transmedia performance, where he accompanies the screening with live narration and a musical soundtrack linking songs from various stages of his career, including ‘Cloudburst At Shingle Street’ through to ‘Oceanea’ and beyond.

10th Sept – Phoenix Cinema, Leicester
14th Sept – Watershed Cinema, Bristol
16th Sept - Komedia Cinema, Bath
19th Sept – Gulbenkian Cinema, Canterbury
20th Sept – Union Chapel, London (with surprise guests)
22nd Sept – FACT Cinema, Liverpool
25th Sept – Picturehouse, Cambridge
29th Sept – Cameo Picturehouse, Edinburgh
2nd October – Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
3rd October – QUAD Cinema, Derby
4th October – Showroom Cinema, Sheffield


MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED - See: www.thomasdolby.com/tour

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