It’s been non-stop work for me lately, but I did manage to find time to pop around the corner to see three giants wander along Liverpool’s iconic waterfront last weekend. To commemorate the centenary of WWI, innovative French street theatre company Royal de Luxe brought the Little Girl, Grandma and Xolo the dog to the city for an epic event that attracted more than a million visitors, along with bringing quite literally the whole of Liverpool out onto the streets.
The giants could be viewed ‘fast asleep’ in St George’s Hall, the building where soldiers were conscripted for the war, before awaking for their city tour.
I missed a similar show a couple of years back, marking the centenary of the Titanic, because I was travelling in Canada at the time, but remember hearing about how amazing it was from people back home. After seeing what all the fuss was about, it’s fair to say the hype was definitely justified. They’re amazing!
Everybody was charmed by these enigmatic giants; including me. Controlled by teams of puppeteers, these incredible creations were welcomed by massive crowds wherever they went. They were really captivating as their faces moved around from side to side as if checking out the audience. Grandma, with her tartan slippers and adorable soft smile, was particularly endearing.
The finale on Sunday afternoon saw Xolo literally gallop along The Strand to rip-roaring applause, while Grandma and the Little Girl were transported onto a boat at the Albert Dock.
I love it when art has the capacity to bring so many people together in awe, which is exactly what the Liverpool giants did.
Plus, it’s great for the city too. I’m a very proud Scouser :-)
To see them in action, have a watch of this great Liverpool Giants 2014 video from FACT…