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Sea Odyssey – Liverpool 2012

Over the past few days (20th-23rd April), Liverpool has played host to one of the biggest street theatre productions in its history.  Street theatre company, Royal De Luxe, played out their Sea Odyssey production across the north and city centre of Liverpool using giant marionettes up to a massive 50-foot in height.

The story features a 30-foot Little Girl Giant and her quest to find her Giant Uncle who is in turn searching for her in order to deliver a letter recovered from the wreck of the sunken Titanic.  Fortunately, the Little Girl Giant wasn’t alone in her travels as she had her dog, Xolo, to accompany her around the streets of Liverpool.

It’s a sweet and heart-warming story played out on a massive scale.  Without witnessing the event for yourself, it’s almost massive beyond comprehension.  It’s reported that half-a-million people took to the streets in order to watch the event.  That in itself is an incredible attendance number for any event never mind a free event.  The event was labelled the Giant Spectacular and it was a very apt label because it was very much giant and spectacular!

I had the pleasure of attending day 2 of the 3-day production.  Here are a few photos from the day.

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Tom Cash

Great post!

I drove 70 miles to catch the Saturday for this – it was well worth it. You’re completely right – you just had to be there. The music and the atmosphere were amazing.

Your pictures are great – I can’t help but want for the colour versions though, as the worn-colours of the puppets were beautiful.

Good stuff!


Hi Tom, glad you enjoyed the event and my photos. It really was a special event for Liverpool. I don’t think I’ve ever seen crowds like that on the streets before. Given how well the event was covered by other photographers, I thought I’d take an alternative route in processing these. Besides, I’m a big fan of B&W and thought these worked better as such.

Thanks for stopping by :)