Dov Citron

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Dov Citron, who's stage name is Captain Calamity, is a Family Entertainer, Actor, Children's Books Author, Poetry Writer, YouTuber and Guiness Book of Records Holder

As a family entertainer, he performs magic, balloon stunts, bubbleology, crazy science demonstrations, puppetry and silly songs.

As an actor, he has performed on stage, screen and in the corporate events industry.

As a children's book author, he has self published several rhyming picture books for children.

As a poet, he has created both children's and adult poetry which can be viewed on many of his social media platforms.

As a YouTuber, he has created 100's of videos for The Captain Calamity Adventures YouTube Channel.

Citron studied Performing Arts at Amersham and Wycombe College. He then went on to study for a BA Hons Degree in Theatre (Acting) at Bretton Hall (a college of Leeds University).

After his graduation in 1999 he worked for Thomson Holidays and Lively Arts as both a Hotel Entertainer and an 'Inter Actor' performing shows on excursion. He then worked in tv and theatre, most notable are his performances as Seigfried Sassoon in Not About Hereos, performed at the Barons Court Theatre in 2005.[1] which received great acclaim and his pilot of The Sofa Surfers for Nickelodeon UK which was filmed by Latimer Films and The Farm at a similar time alongside actor Martin Clark.

Captain Calamity came into existence in 2007 and came about originally as an alter-ego for Children's parties but has become so much more than that. As the demand and popularity for these parties grew he started getting booked by regional Theatre's to perform Captain Calamity stage shows so he developed Captain Calamity and the World he exists in and by 2010 had also created rhyming stories illustrated by Tim Slater including Captain Calamity and the Giant and Captain Calamity and the Weather Man

Citron also created a world that Captain Calamity lives in which he often brings to life through his stories, YouTube content and shows.

According to his stories, Captain Calamity lives in The Lollipop Lighthouse in Chocolate Button Bay. He is a flawed Superhero who engages his audience aka 'the crew' with issue based adventure shows teaching young people through interactive entertainment how to take responsibility for each other and the World around them. His shows have included Captain Calamity's Adventures in Storyland', 'Say No to Bullying Show', 'Crazy Science Show', 'Mega Party' and The Big Clean Up' Recycling Show, Captain Calamity's Adventures in Dragon Island in which he teams up with animal expert Mark Amey and an array of cold blooded reptiles. He has also performed Captain Calamity Summer, Easter and Christmas Shows in regional theatres and art centres around the uk.

Actors that perform with Citron as characters within the World of Captain Calamity have included Martin Clark, Amelia Marchant, Alan Blyton, Maurizio Molino and Andrea Williamson.

Captain Calamity utilises magic, giant balloons that he climbs inside, incredible bubbleology, interactive games, science stunts, puppetry and lots more to engage his young audiences and keep his important messages relevant and memorable.

His YouTube channel is filmed in the Lollipop Lighthouse in Chocolate Button Bay and in addition to presenting videos including Make N Do, Magic, Songs, Puppetry, Science, Bubbles, Circus Skills and Balloon Twisting, he also interviews guests from Sooty and Basil Brush to Animal Experts and Ecologists and lots of other characters who regularly drop by to visit him in Chocolate Button Bay.

Captain Calamity achieved a long held ambition to gain a Guinness World Record which he achieved on 23rd October 2017 when he and fellow entertainer Paul Megram aka Colonel Custard gained the record for the most shaving pies thrown in one minute by a team of 2. Achieved at Kidtropolis at Excel London in the UK.

In 2013 Citron tours with the Captain Calamity Adventures in Story Land stage Show. Venues included, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar, Harrow Arts Centre, Luton Library Theatre and Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth

In 2013 - Captain Calamity finished 3rd Place in British Children 's Entertainer National Championships[2]

In 2014 Citron toured with the Captain Calamity Mega Party at Radlett Centre and Harrow Arts Centre.

In 2015 Citron toured with the Captain Calamity Mega Party at Radlett Centre and Harrow Arts Centre, 96 Shenley Road in Borehamwood, Lauderdale House in Highgate and several other regional venues.

In 2016 Citron toured with the Captain Calamity Mega Party at Harrow Arts Centre, 96 Shenley Road in Borehamwood, Lauderdale House in Highgate and several other regional venues.

In 2017 Citron toured with the Captain Calamity Mega Party, the Big Clean Up Recycling Show and Say No to Bullying Show around UK Schools, Arts Centres and Regional Theatres. Most notably Brent Cross Shopping Centre and transforming Tesco's Car Park in Borehamwood into a theatre for the Big Clean Up Recycling Show.

On 23rd October 2017 Citron as Captain Calamity and Paul Megram achieved a Guinness World Record for most shaving pies thrown in one minute at Kidtropolis in Excel London[3]

In 2018 Citron published Around the Bend[4]

In 2019 Citron published This Way Up[5]

In 2017 Citron also brought Captain Calamity to the 02 Shopping Centre in Finchley Road with a Crazy Science Show.

In 2018 Citron toured with the Captain Calamity Mega Party, the Big Clean Up Recycling Show and Say No to Bullying Show around UK Schools, Arts Centres and Regional Theatres.

In 2019 Citron toured with the Captain Calamity Mega Party, the Big Clean Up Recycling Show and Say No to Bullying Show around UK Schools, Arts Centres and Regional Theatres. He also added St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth and The Loft at The Exchange Shopping Centre in Ilford to his regular show venues.

In 2020 due to the Corona Virus Lockdown, Citron has been creating LockDown Shows[6] and Social Media content for The Captain Calamity Adventures YouTube Channel and Captain Calamity content for all his Social Media Platforms. He spoke about this in his interview with John Darin on Heart Radio for Hertfordshire.

Captain Calamity continues his adventures with growing tour dates nationwide of arts centres, regional theatre's, festivals and any platform that will allow Dov to generate a following for Captain Calamity with the ultimate aim of getting the character on TV.

Dov is also a Scout Leader, a member of the Magic Circle and Secretary of the Watford Association of Magicians.

References[edit]

  1. Tripney, Natasha (7 January 2010). "Not About Heroes @ Barons Court Theatre, London". Music OMH. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Winograd, Zoe (6 March 2013). "Success Story for Captain Calamity". The JC. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Enoch, Nick (28 October 2017). "Splat's the way to do it! World record for most shaving foam pies hurled at someone's face in one minute is smashed... by 'Captain Calamity' and 'Colonel Custard'". Daily Mail. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Citron, Dov (2018). Around The Bend. ISBN 978-1655962554. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. Citron, Dov (2019). This Way Up. ISBN 978-1709321948. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. Wolfisz, Francine (13 May 2020). "WATCH: Jewish News' Virtual Family Fun Day!". Jewish News Times of Israel. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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