Saturday, 21 April 2012

Giant Spectacular in Liverpool

Little Girl Giant
This weekend is quite exciting in Liverpool as there's a fantastic piece of street theatre taking part over 3 days. It started yesterday, and today we went into town to see it for ourselves.

It's all part of Liverpool's commemorations for the recent 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, which was registered in Liverpool and many of the ship's crew were from the city.

The Giant Spectacular was inspired by a letter written by a young girl to her father, who was a steward on the liner. The original letter is on show in Liverpool's Maritime museum, which has a permanent Titanic exhibition.

Jean Luc Courcoult, artistic director of Royal De Luxe, came across the letter and was moved to create this amazing piece of theatre which has been two years in the planning.

The girl, called Little Girl Giant, is walking around Liverpool on a quest to learn news of her father who died on the ill-fated Titanic.  She is accompanied by her dog, Xolo. The photos don't show the movements of the puppets, with lifelike eye movements and gestures and the dog's wagging tail!

The puppets are operated by the red-coated Lilliputians
from the Royale de Luxe theatre company

She stopped for a while to swing children on her arms
Unbeknown to the Little Girl Giant, her Uncle made a promise to scour the ocean floor for the shipwreck and put his brother to rest, and in doing so discovered a letter written by him to his beloved daughter.  The Giant Uncle arrives in Liverpool and starts looking for the girl.

The Giant Uncle taking a rest outside St. George's Hall
Tomorrow, Sunday 22nd, they will finally meet up, say goodbye to Liverpool  and sail by boat down the River Mersey.