Heartstone Odyssey, Liverpool
It was an afternoon of magic and mystery at Liverpool Cathedral on 31 March led by guest reader, Sir Derek Jacobi, and accompanied by Sitakumari together with her ‘Moving Lives Dance Theatre’ as they made the first stage presentation of ‘The Heartstone Odyssey’, a tale about a band of talking mice, astronomers, a dancer called Chandra, as they embarked on a quest to retrieve the enchanted Heartstone.
This was the first in a series of Heartstone Odyssey cultural events which will connect the five main centres who are part of the programme – London, Liverpool, Scotland, India and Alabama.
And Arriva North West played a key part in the Odyssey by providing a bus to transport local children around Knowsley Safari Park , The Al Rahma Mosque and finally the World Museum as various parts of the Odyssey were brought to life.
‘The Heartstone Odyssey’ is the work of Arvan Kumar who conceived the story on a three-day journey between Mumbai and Chennai in the 1980’s.
Producer and principal dancer, Sitakumari said:
"The Heartstone Odyssey is a gripping epic adventure but also a moral tale for today. The books have been written to entertain, a story for children, that adults too, can enjoy and, as with all great timeless stories, will leave you seeing the world in a different way forever."
Those present at Liverpool Cathedral for the first performance included the Dean of Liverpool, the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, together with Ms Louise Ellman, MP with Asst Mayor Cllr Nick Small who jointly opened the event. Also present were the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead, and High Sheriff, Robert Owen.
Here, pictured outside the Cathedral are Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox, Arriva driver Mal Oliver and just some of the participants in the Heartstone Odyssey.