Giant steps for Showforce

More than one million people lined the streets of Liverpool last month to witness four giant marionettes walk through the city centre in a Giant Spectacular over the weekend of 4th – 7th October.

Organised by Culture Liverpool, the cultural arm of Liverpool City Council, and Royal de Luxe, the street theatre specialist, the four-day event featured four giants that once again captured the hearts and imaginations of the city’s residents and visitors.

Events Design Company worked alongside Culture Liverpool and was tasked with providing production and site management to the event, which returned to the city for the third and final time.

Showforce provided four event and site crew to Events Design Company, including one forklift driver, which had the huge task of following the Big Giant across the city with a container – the container was used as a “giant seat” for the giant to rest on, as it took a break from its mammoth walk.

Showforce assisted Events Design Company during rehearsals and unloaded a number of containers that housed the puppets and several props. In fact, the crew even acted as runners, as well as installed ramps and giant props, including a giant deckchair and bed.

Chris Martelly, operations director at Showforce, commented on the project: “The crew completed 33 days on site and totalled 1,628 man hours – it really was a giant job and a giant success.

“What’s even more exciting is that this was a project delivered by the teams within our new Manchester and Coventry offices. I have no doubt that these teams will continue to deliver more giant projects that leave audiences stunned and amazed.”