Sea Odyssey is just weeks away and the story is unfolding...
Since the announcement of this year's biggest street theatre event last September, there has been mystery and speculation surrounding the reason why two giants will be exploring the city streets from 20-22 April.
Liverpool and the world-famous French marionette experts Royal de Luxe are inviting everyone to be part of this special journey.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a fantastic view from ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena. as the magic story unfolds. Refreshments and convenience facilities will be available in and around the venue for members of the public to enjoy over the three-day event and prime parking will also be available here at the Liverpool Waterfront car park, adjacent to ACC LIverpool– right in the heart of the Sea Odyssey story (further details below).
The action begins at 9.30am on Friday 20 April when the 30 foot Little Girl Giant wakes up in Stanley Park.
The Little Girl Giant is on a quest to receive news about her father, a stowaway who died on the ill-fated Titanic. The next stop in her search is Liverpool, a city which she sees as a hub of creativity, with passionate friendly people and rich in maritime heritage and beautiful architecture.
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. For the past 100 years he has walked across the ocean floor with the sole purpose of delivering the letter to its young owner. And now he’s set to emerge from the depths of the Mersey...
But as they cover 23 miles, roaming the city in search of a family connection, will they find each other?
Leader of Liverpool City Council, Councillor Joe Anderson, said: “Great cities inspire great artists – so it’s fitting Liverpool is the inspiration for and host of this breathtaking artistic event - the scale of which has rarely been seen in this country before.
“The emotion and humanity Royal de Luxe is set to bring to Sea Odyssey will resonate with the hundreds of thousands of people we’re expecting to descend on the city over the three days.
“This story is a sensitive portrayal of how a young child is affected by the loss of her father in one of the worst maritime tragedies in history – the sinking of the Titanic.
“This magical story really will be a spectacle and one which people won’t have witnessed on our streets since 2008. To have the world’s leading street theatre company bring the event to Liverpool is a real coup and another example of how internationally renowned artists want to showcase their work against the fantastic backdrop of our city.”
This is one of the most complex events ever staged by the city council, and the team has planned the route (see map) so that as many people as possible can experience the event.
On Friday 20 April, the Little Girl Giant will end her first journey of the city at Kings Dock, adjacent to ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena. You can watch as she rests for the night ahead of day two of her voyage.
Her Uncle will depart from Albert Dock, just metres away from ACC Liverpool, at 2pm on Friday 20 April before he begins his journey through the city centre to Stanley Park.
Day two, Saturday 21 April, sees the Little Girl Giant wake up at 9.30am at Kings Dock before heading along the Strand and around the commercial district before arriving at the Pier Head, further along the waterfront, at 12.30pm.
Her afternoon tour begins at 4.30pm taking her through the city centre streets, Liverpool One and back to Kings Dock at 7pm for her resting place at the end of day two.
After walking the streets of north Liverpool and the city centre, her Uncle will also arrive at Kings Dock at 7pm on day two.
On the final day, both the Little Girl Giant and the Uncle will awake at Kings Dock at 9.30am so spectators can expect a fabulous view from the piazza at ACC Liverpool and our surrounding areas.
After the show’s finale at Canning Dock at 12.15pm, the Giants will leave Liverpool down the River Mersey.
See below for full list of timings and route.
If you are planning to follow the Giant Spectacular along Liverpool Waterfront, then look out for catering facilities in the concourse area at Echo Arena as well as situated externally around the venue. Toilet facilities will also be open to members of the public.
Park here in the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park, adjacent to ACC Liverpool and situated right in the heart of the Sea Odyssey Story.
Due to event logistics, please note that car park access & egress will be restricted during certain periods of the Sea Odyssey event.
Subject to change, closures will be as follows*:
Friday 20th April: 1730 – 2000
Saturday 21st April: 0830 – 1115 and 1730 – 2000
Sunday 22nd April: 0800 – 1400
*Please refer to the event timings for up to date opening and closure timings.
Did you know…
• The giants will be performing for around 28 hours in total
• 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
• With around 250,000 expected to descend in the city, more than 4km of crowd control barriers will be used
The route for the giants will be as follows:
Friday 20 April
Little Girl Giant – 9.30 to 12.30pm and then 4.30 to 7.30pm
Wakes up 9.30am and leaves Stanley Park via Walton Lane, onto Anfield Road, Sleepers Hill, Walton Breck Road, Oakfield Road, Breck Road, arriving at Everton Brow 12.30pm.
Following a siesta, she will leave Everton Brow at 4.30pm, turn right onto Heyworth Street, on to Islington via Low Erskine Street, Commutation Row, Lime Street, St George’s Place, Queen’s Square Bus Station, Whitechapel, Paradise Street (Liverpool ONE), Liver Street, onto the Strand, Queens Wharf and arrives at Kings Dock from 7.30pm.
Uncle – 2pm to 6.30pm
Departs from Albert Dock at 2pm, and walks along The Strand, James Street, Castle Street, Dale Street, left onto Moorfields, Tithebarn Street, Vauxhall Road, Boundary Street, Kirkdale Road, Walton Road, Salop Street, Tetlow Way, Langham Road, Walton Lane and arrives in Stanley Park from 6.30pm.
Saturday 21 April
Little Girl Giant – 9.30am to 12.30pm and then 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Wakes up at Kings Dock at 9.30am and then travels left on the Strand, up Chapel Street, Tithebarn Street, Moorfields, Dale Street, Castle Street, James Street, crosses the strand to Mann Island, arriving at the Pier Head at 12.30pm. Following a siesta at the Pier Head, she will wake up at 4.30pm turn right onto Canada Boulevard, onto Mann Island, James Street, Castle Street, Cook Street, Victoria Street, Stanley Street, Whitechapel, Paradise Street (Liverpool ONE), Liver Street, onto the Strand, Queens Wharf, arriving at Kings Dock 7pm where she will sleep.
Uncle – 11.30am to 2.30pm and then 4.45pm to 7.30pm
Wakes up in Stanley Park at 11am, leaves Stanley Park via Walton Lane, onto Anfield Road, Sleepers Hill, Walton Breck Road, Oakfield Road, Breck Road, Heyworth Street, onto Islington via Low Hill and Erskine Street, Moss Street, Daulby Street, Pembroke Place, London Road, arriving at St George’s Hall at 2.30pm. Following a siesta at St George’s Hall, he will wake up at 4.45pm and walk down Lime Street, Renshaw Street, Berry Street, Nelson Street, St James Street, Blundell Street, Queens Wharf, arriving at Kings Dock 7pm where he will sleep.
Sunday 22 April
Little Girl Giant and Uncle – 9.30 to 2pm
Wake up at Kings Dock and leave at 9.30am, travel left on the Strand, onto Mann Island, say farewell to the Liver Building, onto Canning Dock where the show’s finale will take place from 12.15pm. The Giants will then leave Liverpool down the River Mersey.
Due to its scale, residents and visitors are warned that there may be some disruption as a result of road closures across the three days.
Public Transport information:
• Call Traveline Merseyside on 0871 200 22 33 to find out how to get near the Sea Odyssey route by public transport (open 0800 - 2000, 7 days-a-week).
• Download a special Sea Odyssey public transport leaflet at www.merseytravel.gov.uk.
• Pick up a leaflet early April at any Merseytravel Centre or timetable outlet.
• Request the leaflet be sent directly to you by calling the 24 hour Brochure Hotline on 0151 330 1066.
• Speak to Merseytravel staff who will be out and about during the event to help with last minute checks and queries.
Find out the latest by visiting the Sea Odyssey website - www.giantspectacular.com, and why not ‘Like’ the Giant Spectacular page on Facebook or follow Giant Spectacle on Twitter. You can also find out more by calling 0151 233 2008.