The Giants have taken to Perth streets. And the Perth International Arts Festival 2015 is off to a memorable and popular start.
Today, there’s a Giant Diver asleep in full gear outside the Perth Railway Station. You can get a really good view of him from the Horseshoe Bridge.
The Little Girl Giant woke this morning around 9.30 in Langley Park. A band of attendants in Medieval costumes (I think!) showered and dressed her.
Ablutions over, a crane lifted her carefully onto a rusty old boat, decorated with Noongah designs. She was dressed in wet-weather gear. Just as well, because the boat began to float.
The Little Girl Giant started her journey on the boat around Langley Park and along the Swan River. Soon she began to walk, searching for the Diver Giant. Her route took her through the city to Wellington Square. She will rest there until it is time to resume her journey and her search this afternoon at 4.00 p.m. She will sleep again tonight in Langley Park.
This is a brilliant piece of street theatre. Tens of thousands of people love it already. They flocked into the city this morning. Some headed straight for Langley Park. Others thronged the streets, craning for a glimpse of the Little Girl Giant. They need not have worried. She is very hard to miss!
The Diver will sleep where he is until tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Then he, too will take to the streets.
The spectacle (and the story of the Giants) will end on Sunday around lunchtime on Langley Park. They will leave by barge around 1.00 p.m.
The Giants and their story are the brain-child of Jean-Luc Courcoult, Author/Artistic Director and Founder of Royal de Luxe Street Theatre Company, based in Nantes in France. The company is internationally acclaimed for their events.
For the next couple of days, plan your trips carefully before you go into the Central Business District. Buses trips will be disrupted, but the trains will carry extra passengers.
I’d be interested to know what you think of the Giants. Please leave a comment.