More Olympic Opening Ceremony Details Leaked
Everyone is looking forward to the Olympics opening ceremony this Friday but it seems that less and less of the event will be a surprise.
Danny Boyle, the director of the ceremony, has pleaded with the media and insiders to stop leaking details, but with so much digital technology and social media, this is a near impossible task.
The ceremony is built on the theme of “Isles of Wonder” inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It is known that an actor will recite Caliban’s speech beginning “Be no afeard; the isle is full of noises.”
The ceremony will begin with the sounding of the world’s largest harmonically tuned bell which was forged at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. There is a pre-recorded segment which was filmed inside Buckingham Palace which is rumoured to involve both the Queen and Daniel Craig as James Bond. There are also rumours of a stuntman dressed as Bond parachuting into the stadium.
Then a sequence will begin evoking England’s pastoral idyll as described in Blake’s poem Jerusalem. Aerial pictures of the second section of the ceremony show dark buildings and smokestacks running alongside the Thames. Performers dressed as miners have been seen going into the stadium and one set piece seems to be a model of the Empire Windrush, a ship which brought Caribbean migrants to Britain in 1948.
There have been reports of sections involving characters from children’s fiction such as Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter including a show down between Voldemort and a group of flying magical nannies based upon Mary Poppins.
It is expected that music will play an important part in the ceremony, but Boyle has stressed that real stars are the athletes. However, the biggest secret has been kept successfully; it is still not known which torchbearer will light the Olympic flame.