Living The Dream

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You have to admire the visionaries who have the creativity, imagination, and 'balls' to put on a spectacular show. It takes a dreamer to create an event that is on such a scale that the only way to describe it is 'wow'.

 

You have to admire the visionaries who have the creativity, imagination, and 'balls' to put on a spectacular show. It takes a dreamer to create an event that is on such a scale that the only way to describe it is 'wow'.

Jaw dropping examples of such visionaries are the creators of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. The host cities will throw everything into these jaw dropping events. Film director Danny Boyle gave his imagination free reign to create a masterpiece of theatre and drama, for the London Olympics. It was a live show on a huge scale that became as unforgettable as the sporting achievements that followed. We marvelled in awe, and applauded the audacity of Danny's dream becoming a reality, and we wanted more.

Unfortunately big dream events are few and far between. The closest thing most of us can get to a spectacular these days is if you go to see a visionary like Lady Gaga who have the imagination and the money to enhance her shows with a mix of drama and theatre. Or if your lucky get tickets to a major festival such as Glastonbury. To organise a show or a festival on these kinds of scales take courage, and determination. It takes special kinds of people. Which leads to the question Where are the dreamers that can make these big event happen more often.

Back In the time they used to call the Golden age of Hollywood, when they hey new how to make a blockbuster. No expense would be spared to bring together a directors vision. The sets the costumes the cast of thousands, all lavishly assembled for the epic movie experience. These days film makers such as the ironically named 'DreamWorks' create their dreams using computer technology and green screens.

That was until last year when somebody stuck their head above the Hollywood parapet and crazily suggested they make a proper old school musical with real singing and dancing, and so they did and the public loved it. To quote a song from the film. Here's to the fools who dream. A celebration of those crazy people who are prepared to stand up and say 'We can do this — let's put on a show'

Thankfully here in Liverpool we still have our dreamers schemers and Pie in the Sky thinkers. Here in our own Lar Lar Land we have people who dream the dream and are prepared to put it out there. Who wouldn't have loved to be a fly on the wall when someone pitched the idea of the Giants. It probably went something like 'So it's two Giant Puppets ones a little girl and the others her dog, and they will walk around the city centre for the weekend.' Sounds a bit crazy, but someone at the council liked the idea and had the 'balls' to say 'let's do this' The rest is a success story that we can't welcome back soon enough, but you try telling outsider about the Giants and they'd never understand. Maybe because they've never lived somebody else's dream.

Now someone at Liverpool City Council has pressed the call button of their glass elevator and they want to smash the ceiling again. This time they are planning a city wide musical extravaganza celebrating The anniversary of the Sergeant Pepper album. And to show they really do dream big,they have also offered to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Walt Disney once said 'if you can dream it you can do it' Maybe Walt and Liverpool's Mayor Joe have a lot more in common than you might have thought.

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