In February 2015, the Giants hit the shores of Perth. At first, many thought is was the football team but soon pictures were seen on billboards, buses, papers, and literally anywhere where you would see something about Giants.
This event was free to the public, and was held from 13 to 15 February. The story of the Giants was based on a true story of a little girl called Faye Howe from Albany’s Breaksea Lighthouse. She was the last point of contact in Australia for troops departing for Gallipoli in 1914. It is believed that she signaled to the departing fleet in Morse code.
Throughout the 3 days, Fay Howe went searching through the streets of Perth for her Uncle, who was a diver. They eventually find each other and on the last day boarded a ship together to go ‘home’
The total cost of the production was over $5 million. The event almost did not take place had it not been for the help of the Government and the Crown Plaza.
The Giants were designed and created by a company ‘Royal de Luxe‘ whom have a reputation for creating stories using giant puppets.
This is a company of inventors, stuntmen, poets and scrap-dealers all at once, led by Jean-Luc Courcoult. Royal de Luxe are currently considered to be an iconic, almost mythical, street theater company – equal to the Theatre du Soleil for conventional indoor theatre
Unfortunately, the Giants in Perth were held for the first and last time on the shores of Australia. I don’t envision their return to the streets unless there is a huge story to draw them back.
Crowds flocked to the city to see them. Finding parking near the city was near impossible with many (including myself) taking a chance to park on vacant grass areas. With most of the security focused in the centre of the city, I think parking was the least of their concerns.
Luckily for us, we were in the prime spot. Being the last day of the event, both the ‘Diver’ and the ‘Little Girl’ made their way down to the lower part of Perth City before departing. Initially, after listening to some others who did not enjoy the event because there were so many people, I was a little reluctant to go. However, on arriving I found it to be the one of the best experiences and it all came down to where you were. We just happened to choose the last section of Perth where there were fewer people giving one a better view of the Giants.
Hopefully, these Giants find their way back to Perth. It was a once in a Life Time experience and it would be interesting to see other displays like this in other countries. It would be best to watch their website for any news of future events. As you can imagine, something of this scale would require a lot of planning.
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