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Return to Waterloo (1984)

An unnamed Traveler boards the Guildford-Waterloo train and proceeds to daydream about his life and of having interactions with his fellow passengers.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boy Punk
The Traveller
Claire Parker ...
Walkman Girl
Subway Singer
Sue Vanner ...
Sexy Girl
Michael Fish ...
Valerie Holliman ...
Traveler's Wife
Aaron Probyn ...
Small Boy Traveller
Wanda Rokicki ...
School Teacher
Dominique Barnes ...
Traveller's Daughter
Christopher Godwin ...
Michael Cule ...
Hywel Williams-Ellis ...
Young Businessman (as Hywel Williams Ellis)
Allan Mitchell ...
Timothy Davies ...
Father, Horsley Station


An unnamed Traveler boards the Guildford-Waterloo train and proceeds to daydream about his life and of having interactions with his fellow passengers.

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A soundtrack for the eyes. A journey for the imagination. See more »


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Release Date:

17 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ray Davies: Return to Waterloo  »

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During the song "Not Far Away," one of the old soldiers mouths the other's line. See more »


References Yellowbeard (1983) See more »


Going Solo
Written and Performed by Ray Davies / The Kinks
Courtesy of RCA Records
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An underrated masterpiece of the 80's
27 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ray Davies' Return To Waterloo should stand up in British culture at least as high as The Who's Tommy and even Pink Floyd's The Wall.

The saying " the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" Has always been specifically applied to the British middle classes, and never more so that to Ken Colley's rendition of the Traveller, continuing his daily pilgrimage to Waterloo, to his Estate Agent's Job in the centre of London, despite his possible mental breakdown , or the more disturbing realisation that he may ( or may not ) be the sought after Surrey Rapist.

Like any Rock Opera, what makes this production is the quality of the songs, from the kids at the platform mickying "ladder of success," to the hauntingly beautiful ( and tearfullly sad ) "Have you seen this face" Davies manages to keep many possibilities and happenstances open, until you are unsure if what you are seeing from the Traveller is a collection of morning train daydreams, the visions of a fast decaying mind, or guilt aligning itself to reality and cognisance and the necessary reparations.


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