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Duration: 30 minutes

The true story of May McMurray, the little girl whose Titanic letter inspired a giant to find her. Three days, three giants - the Sea Odyssey extravaganza which brought Liverpool to a standstill.

Presented by Gillian Kearney.

Last on

Mon 30 Apr 2012 20:30 BBC One North West only

  • Giants start Liverpool Sea Odyssey Titanic event

    Giants start Liverpool Sea Odyssey Titanic event

    A giant puppet of a little girl has "woken up" in Liverpool's Stanley Park, to mark the start of a three-day street theatre event in the city.

    The 30ft (9m) tall wooden puppet will walk through the streets of Liverpool over the weekend, as she plays out a story inspired by the Titanic.

    A 50ft (15m) tall puppet of her uncle will arrive in the city about 14:30 BST and the pair will meet up on Sunday.

    More than 250,000 people are expected to attend the Sea Odyssey event.

    Read the full story on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Giants start Liverpool Sea Odyssey Titanic event
  • Photo gallery: Titanic Girl

    Photo gallery: Titanic Girl

    Titanic Girl is a story of loss and love and how a little Liverpool girl became a giant.

    It is the biggest piece of street theatre Liverpool has ever seen.

    The story is also rooted in the city. May McMurray lived in Liverpool 100 years ago.

    Look at a photo gallery about the Titanic Girl from the BBC News website below...

    In pictures: Sea Odyssey
  • Video feature: Giant puppets roam Liverpool

    Video feature: Giant puppets roam Liverpool

    More than 250,000 people are expected to watch as three giant puppets play out a piece of city-straddling street theatre over three days in Liverpool this weekend.

    A 30ft girl, a dog the size of a van and a deep sea diver taller than most buildings are part of the entertainment called Sea Odyssey.

    Watch a video feature from Colin Paterson on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Giant puppets roam Liverpool in 'street theatre' show
  • Video feature: Giant wooden doll puppet wakes up

    Video feature: Giant wooden doll puppet wakes up

    A giant puppet of a little girl has "woken up" in Liverpool's Stanley Park, to mark the start of a three-day street theatre event in the city.

    The giant girl, who is accompanied by her dog Xolo, was "woken" by young musicians from Liverpool Philharmonic's In Harmony project at the start of the event.

    Dozens of people tugged on ropes to move the puppet's body so that she could wake up, have a shower, get changed, wear shoes and head off on a walk with her dog.

    The event called Sea Odyessy is based around the girl's uncle travelling to the Titanic wreck to bury his brother and retrieve mail from the ship.

    Watch a video feature from the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Giant wooden doll puppet wakes up
  • Sea Odyssey event inspired by Titanic letter

    Sea Odyssey event inspired by Titanic letter

    The letter is written in neat, precise child's writing, beginning "Dear Father".

    Dated 13th April 1912, it brings news of how the young girl who penned it has recently been ill and is longing to see her absent father or "dada".

    Sent by ten-year-old May McMurray from 60 Empress Road, Kensington in Liverpool, the letter would never reach its intended recipient, William McMurray, a 43-year-old bedroom steward on the Titanic.

    A century after it was posted, the handwritten missive, which ends "Dada this is my first letter", has become the inspiration for the UK's largest street theatre event taking place in Liverpool.

    Read the full story on the BBC News website below...

    BBC News: Liverpool Sea Odyssey event inspired by Titanic letter

Credits

Presenter
Gillian Kearney
Producer
Helen Wakefield
Director
Gareth Knowles
Producer
Michelle Mayman

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