The London 2012 Olympic Games preparations are picking up pace. Artistic director Danny Boyle has paid tribute to the 10,000 volunteers, cast and crew who are rehearsing night and day to make the Opening Ceremony a success.
– Danny Boyle, Opening Ceremony Artistic Director
The Ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be. The best part of telling that story has been working with our 10,000 volunteers. I’ve been astounded by the selfless dedication of the volunteers, they are the purest embodiment of the Olympic spirit and represent the best of who we are as a nation.’
There have been 157 cast rehearsals for the Opening Ceremony. Volunteer performers are giving up their evenings and weekends to take part in 37 rehearsals ahead of the Opening and Closing ceremonies.
The set for the opening scene of the Ceremony is being installed. The 'Green and Pleasant’ set will be what the audience see as they enter the Olympic Stadium in East London. It is being built to represents a traditional and idyllic view of the British countryside.