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Another giant step for street spectacular

Call for 200 volunteers to get Sea Odyssey moving

Published on February 9th 2012.


Another giant step for street spectacular

IT'S being billed as a moving story of love and loss which transcends time. It will also be the UK’s biggest street theatre event in 2012.

Royal de Luxe's work in Nantes is remarkable and a reason to visit the city. But this April Liverpool will be the land of the giants. 

RDL had already announced that it will be bringing one of its large-scale extravaganzas here: a 30 foot Giant Little Girl roaming north Liverpool and the city centre. 

Now her 50 foot tall “uncle” will be part of the occasion too. He will arrive in the city as part of Sea Odyssey which runs from 20-22 April. 

The organiser, Culture Liverpool, is billing it as “the biggest and most ambitious event the city has ever held” and it is the final event which will use European legacy funding from the city’s Capital of Culture year in 2008. 

Crucially, 200 adults, or “Liliputiens”, are needed to make it happen - and it is asking for volunteers. 

The call-out says some of the roles require specific skills and abilities, and most will be physically demanding, so they are on the look out for people with a good level of stamina. 

  • Giant operators – physically involved with moving the marionettes.

  • 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, welders and production assistants.

  • General volunteers – based in the city centre and North Liverpool they will welcome visitors and provide information about the event. 

Details of all the roles can be found here and click on ‘Get involved’.  Application forms can be filled in online and must be submitted by 5pm on the 21 February 2012. 

For anyone who would like to know more about Sea Odyssey and the volunteer roles, presentations will take place in the Small Concert Room at St George’s Hall on Thursday 16 February at 10am, 2pm and 5.30pm.  The presentation will last for an hour and there will be the opportunity to ask questions to the team involved. 

“Successful applicants will be invited to take part in informal interview in March,” it says. 

Funding is in the final stages, but will be a mixture of public and private investment.  There is already support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund. 

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2012.

So our welfare at this event is going to be in the hands of unaccountable, unpaid volunteers? Yet the French "arteests" are getting £2million of the city's cash? Priorities all wrong again: I'm sure it'll be a great event, and we *want* great events, but last time it was Czech lighting engineers, this time it's French puppeteers pissing themselves laughing at our generosity while all the local event professionals are expected to volunteer ... Shall we have volunteer brain surgeons next?

Liverpool wagFebruary 10th 2012.

I am pretty sure the people who operated The Spider were getting paid. Anonymous is right. This is the last legacy event of Capital of Culture year, right?

Capital of Culture was meant to create jobs, right? So the ultimate irony is that a FRENCH company gets paid millions for this and the people in Liverpool, which was the Capital Culture City, in Miranda Sawyer's words "We gave it to Liverpool because Liverpool needed it" are, er, expected to make this happen for nothing.

It's outrageous, frankly.

Seulement à Liverpool!

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2012.

“Successful applicants will be invited to take part in informal interview in March,” it says.

Successfully applying to work for nothing then.

CulturelpoolFebruary 10th 2012.

Thought we’d address the issues raised here. Offering out the roles is an opportunity to get local people involved in what is a once in a lifetime event. We could do this event without asking for volunteers, however the feedback we received after the Spider in 2008 was that people wanted to get involved and be at the heart of the action. So we’re giving people this chance and have already been inundated with requests - clearly it is a popular decision. The few who are lucky enough to work on one of the giants will go through a rigorous training process lasting several days, with health and safety obviously a priority.

In terms of the “city’s cash” paying for the event – the city council is only contributing around 20% towards the event. So it’s a giant event at a small cost to the taxpayer. The bottom line is we expect this event to inject millions into the local economy, and once again we’ll see culture at the heart of regeneration in this city.

And it’s also important to add Royal de Luxe won’t be receiving anywhere near the sums mentioned in the other posts – the main cost of the event is logistical.

Hope this clarifies things.

Darth FormbyFebruary 10th 2012.

Some dank little minds at work in these comments.

Darrell Doo-MeeFebruary 10th 2012.

Sheesh, isn't it enough that the show is coming to town and we'll be back in the limelight again, putting everywhere else in the shade?

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2012.

It will be amazing. Not sure about putting us in the limelight however

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