‘As The World Tipped’ – 30/31 July

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July, 22.00 at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. FREE. ‘As The World Tipped’ performance by Wired Aerial Theatre.

AN AWE-INSPIRING disaster movie about the consequences of climate change is to be performed in the skies of Liverpool in July.

As the World Tipped is a breathtaking spectacular combining dramatic video visuals with aerial performance to highlight the issue of climate change.

The stunning, FREE performance takes place outside Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral at 10pm on the evenings of 30 and 31 July and will be performed by the city’s own Wired Aerial Theatre.

Wired have joined forces with world-renowned artistic director Nigel Jamieson – the man behind the hugely successful opening ceremony for Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year in 2008.

As The World Tipped is a powerful tale of ecological crisis and confronts one of the most pressing issues for people and the planet with spectacle, humour and emotion.  The action centres on the secretariat of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, where harassed staff fail to notice as the world around them literally slides towards disaster.

Suspended 20 metres above the audience in the night sky, the performers struggle to control their increasingly precarious world as they do battle with the effects of environmental catastrophe.

It will take place in the grounds of the Anglican Cathedral and the dramatic scenes will be acted out by a ten-strong cast.

The event has been commissioned by the city council and Liverpool Primary Care Trust as part of the Decade of Health and Wellbeing.  The performance highlights one of the key aims of the Decade as Liverpool strives to become a greener city, with a healthy environment and a lower carbon footprint.

Nigel Jamieson, who wrote and directed the performance, said: “A big passion in my life in recent times has been to use theatre to explore one of those issues that confronts all of us.

“This issue is climate change, which is one of the most important challenges the world faces and through performance we can confront this head-on in a powerful, dramatic way.

“Liverpool’s own Wired Aerial Theatre is one of the most talented companies around and it’s been a fantastic experience working with them. It’s also been a real pleasure to return to Liverpool – I had an amazing time here working on the 08 celebrations and once again the city has made me so welcome, that Liverpool feels like my second home.”

The climate themed entertainment begins with special performances within The Cathedral from 7pm both evenings, and The Welsford and mezzanine cafés will both be welcoming guests throughout the evening. The tower will remain open for spectacular city views until last tickets at 9pm.

Eryl Parry, the cathedral’s Director of Enterprises, said: “We are tremendously excited about being the venue for this important, innovative spectacular which promises to look stunning against the backdrop of our magnificent cathedral.

July will have already seen two high-profile events taking place on the Liverpool waterfront.  The city’s newest building, the Museum of Liverpool opens on Tuesday 19 July and the following weekend (22-24 July) Reflection on the Waterfront will take place to celebrate the centenary of the Liver Building and welcome the addition of the museum to the waterfront.

For more information about As the World Tipped visit: www.astheworldtipped.com.  For more information about On the Waterfront visit: www.liverpoolonthewaterfront.co.uk.  For more information about the Decade of Health and Wellbeing visit www.2020healthandwellbeing.org.uk

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