It was the biggest ship of its time — and this weekend, some of the biggest puppets in the world paid tribute to the Titanic. Marionettes as large as 50 feet tromped through the streets of Liverpool, England, in “Sea Odyssey,” a weekend-long performance that acted out the story of a girl trying to learn what happened to her father, a stowaway on the Titanic, part of the month-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking April 15.
The story was inspired by a real-life letter written by a 10-year-old girl to her father, who died on the ship. The girl walked around Liverpool in search of news about her father, accompanied by her dog, Xolo, and a giant man, who is her uncle.
The puppet show was produced by Royal De Luxe, a French street theater company who has toured the world with their massive marionettes. The puppets, which are made of wood and steel, are operated by cranes and require 110 puppeteers who, according to the BBC, refer to themselves as Lilliputians, after the tiny people in “Gulliver’s Travels.” The girl puppet is 30 feet tall, and the male puppet is 50 feet tall, and together, they walked nearly 23 miles through the city. For the finale of the production, the male puppet jumped the city’s 44-foot-tall Chinatown arch, before both puppets departed in a boat on the River Mersey.
See the puppets in motion: