A WORLD famous aerial performance show will be staged in St Helens town centre tonight.

As previously reported by the Star, a huge outdoor spectacle will take place on Birchley Street carpark this evening (Saturday, October 21). which tells the powerful tale of the climate crisis through an ext

Complete with a tipping stage and aerial performers, 'As The World Tipped' has travelled to audiences in France, Germany, Italy, Australia, Chile, and South Korea, and the St Helens performance will be the production's first showcase since the pandemic.

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St Helens Star: The show has travelled to audiences across the globeThe show has travelled to audiences across the globe (Image: Kev Ryan)
The event is billed as the headline event for St Helens' year as the city region's Borough of Culture, with councillors describing it as the "most ambitious event" ever organised by the council.

Wendy Hesketh-Ogilvie, the production's artistic director, who grew up in Rainford and now lives in Rainhill, said that after touring the show around the world, it feels "overwhelming" to be bringing it to her hometown.

With 'As The World Tipped' centered around the fallout from the Copenhagen Climate Change conference in 2009, Wendy stressed that the show is "not a lecture", but relays a powerful message about the climate crisis amid a backdrop of "beautiful imagery" and breathtaking aerial performances.

St Helens Star: The performance centres around the climate crisisThe performance centres around the climate crisis (Image: Christophe Raynaud De Lage)
The outdoor event will take place at Birchley Street car park, in St Helens town centre, with the site open from 5pm.

The performance will begin at 6.30pm and is shceduled to take place for around an hour. The event is free for the public and two vendors will be on site to provide hot and cold drinks and crepes.

There will be a designated viewing area for people with mobility issues, while a British Sign Language interpreter will also be present in the designed viewing area. 

There will not be any parking available at Birchley Street on the day of the event, with other local authority owned car parks open in and around the town centre.

St Helens Central railway station and bus station are also a short walk away from the event.