THEY travelled by narrow boat along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
Giant puppets, 11 feet tall, to give short performances about
reconciliation and forgiveness. They were the creation of the
Liverpool-based charity In Another Place, and the
13 performances at venues close to the canal were to mark the
anniversary of the First World War.
"We wanted to mark the 100th anniversary," Annie Spiers, their
creative director, explains, "and remember the people who
sacrificed their lives. The stories featured different people
affected by the war, and . . . Jesus's advice about learning to
forgive people when they have wronged us."
The programme had begun some weeks earlier. Giant-puppet-making
workshops were set up in four local schools, some of which joined
in the performances that were watched by about 1200 people. The
puppets were due to appear again at an In Another Place
gospel-choir concert at the Merchant Taylors' Boys' School.
In Another Place is a small Christian charity that has more than
500 volunteers from 50 churches and community groups in Liverpool,
who get involved in different productions with the aim of taking
the gospe.l outside church walls.