Tickets have been launched for one of the most exciting and surprising events ever seen in Ireland, Land of Giants, which is to be staged in Belfast at the Titanic Slipways on the 30 June in front of an audience of 18,000.
Land of Giants, written and directed by Mark Murphy, will be a truly epic show on a Titanic scale that is uniquely Northern Irish.
The unmissable show will feature state-of-the-art digital animation, dramatic special effects, fireworks, gravity defying aerial performances and a stage almost 200 metres long – even the Titanic Belfast building gets to play a starring role.
Writer and director Mark Murphy said: “This is a show that is spectacular in every sense of the word. A thrilling celebration of the giants - mythical, industrial, cultural, literary and social - which Northern Ireland has given to the world. But its focus is not just the extraordinary things this place has produced, such as two-thirds of the world’s linen or the most famous ship in the world, but more specifically the men and women who are the foundation for everything built here.
“The show is ambitious and contains a narrative that will capture everyone’s imaginations and hearts as it magically unfolds during the 45 minute performance.”
Land of Giants, which will involve a cast and crew of over 500 people, most of whom are from Northern Ireland, is the largest outdoor event of its kind ever held in Ireland.
As well as drawing inspiration from renowned giants including Gulliver, Finn McCool, Samson and Goliath, Titanic and Giant’s Causeway, the show presents a vision of Northern Ireland and its population as being “giant” in terms of ideas, talent, industry and heritage.
Land of Giants has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.
Kathy Hayes, associate producer of Land of Giants said: “The strength of the project has secured a major funding award from Legacy Trust UK, one of only four such grants made for large scale outdoor UK celebrations as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Additional support has been provided by NITB as a key event within the NI2012 Our Time Our Place programme as well as Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
“The Northern Ireland consortium, known as the Giant Events Company, charged with delivering the event includes The Beat Initiative, Belfast City Council, Belfast Community Circus, and Young at Art.”
Tickets, which cost £10 for an adult, £6 concession and £28 for a family, are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre with the option of booking online at www.gotobelfast.com, via telephone on + 44 2890246609, or in person at the Welcome Centre in Belfast’s city centre.