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Show on the water

01 August 2014

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.

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