More than 200 volunteers are to help make the UK’s biggest street theatre event a giant success. More than a quarter of a million people are expected in Liverpool from April 20-22 for the Sea Odyssey, which is being brought to the city by world-renowned street theatre experts Royal de Luxe.
It will see a 30-foot high Little Girl Giant roaming the city with her dog Xolo, on a quest to receive news about her father, a stowaway who died on the ill-fated Titanic.
Also in the city will be her 50-foot uncle who has in his possession a letter written by the father to the Little Girl Giant. Between them, the trio will cover 23 miles, roaming Liverpool in search of each other.
Volunteers have been recruited to do a number of key jobs to make the event happen:
- • Giant operators – physically involved with moving the giant marionettes (operators are also known as Lilliputians)
- • Benevol team – becoming part of the cordon to help move the Giants through the crowds
- • Volunteer support – technical and operational staff including special effects assistants, sound engineers, drivers and production assistants
- • General volunteers – based in the city centre and North Liverpool they will welcome visitors and provide information about the event
Councillor Wendy Simon, Cabinet member for Culture, said: “We’re delighted that so many people have volunteered to help out with this event as we simply could not stage it without them.
“Not only are they making it happen, but they will also be an integral part of something that is really special.
“Liverpool has a great reputation as a friendly and welcoming city and we want to make sure we have people on hand to provide information and advice during the Sea Odyssey. This magical story really will be a spectacle and one which people won’t have witnessed on our streets since 2008 and will be an unforgettable experience that will live long in their memories.”
Sea Odyssey is one of the most complex events ever staged by the city council, and the team has planned the route so that as many people as possible can experience the event.
The giants will be performing for around 28 hours in total, and a 15 metre high and five metre wide corridor needs to be created for them to walk through.
More than 20 cranes will be used to manoeuvre the giants and more than 4km of crowd control barriers erected.