Over the course of three nights almost 7,000 people turned out to see the spectacular ‘A Thousand Feet Deep’ under the night sky at Stadt Moers Park in Whiston.
The Saturday night performance sold out just hours before the event began.
The show – which was created by outdoor theatre specialists, Periplum, featured moving sets and staging, aerial performances, fire and pyrotechnics. The show wowed audiences and was described as “Spellbinding”, “Amazing” and “A triumph” by social media commentators who had attended over the weekend.
The fifty-minute performance unravelled Knowsley’s rich and diverse heritage and gave a nod to the many facets of the borough’s industrial history including mining, manufacture, clock & watch making, agriculture, music and sport.
An accompanying narrative soundscape featured Huyton born actress Eithne Browne, local author, playwright and rapper Ashleigh Nugent, and Liverpool born actress and comedian Keddy Sutton who voiced stories, myths and legends gathered from local communities.
Local volunteers were enlisted to be a part of the performance and those living close to the event were given access to free tickets to ensure as many local people as possible could be part of the event.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We are delighted that so many people from across the borough and beyond turned out to see this incredible performance, and the feedback we have had has been astounding. Whilst the weather conditions weren’t perfect, a little rain certainly didn’t dampen any spirits as we took in the dazzling display and creative reimagining of Knowsley’s rich heritage. This truly was a one-of-a kind cultural event and one that I am so proud has been part of our year at Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.”