Update (Toni - London Olympics)

TonyHi all,

Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve sent an update. Time is flying by , and my work days have increased to around 15 hours. This is because cast rehearsals started 2 weeks ago, and there are 3 sessions a day. This means cast start arriving from 8.30am for a 10am call, and then again at 1.00pm and again from 5.00pm, 7 days a week. Very exciting to watch it all.

This Saturday, I have 8,000 cast coming in – starting at 8am – so that’s a bigger challenge. It’s going to be a very long day!
Next week we start using the proper cast holding areas – which are spread all over Olympic Park, and then Saturday 21st is the first dress rehearsal (there are 3 in total).

Sky NZ arrive this week, and I have been contacted to see if I am able to be interviewed by them for their Host Broadcast program. I’m having to go through LOCOG to get permission to do this, because they don’t allow any of us to talk to the Media, but I’m hoping they will allow me to go over to the International Broadcast Centre (also in the Olympic Park precinct) to do this, as long as I don’t talk about the content of the Opening Ceremony. Hopefully they say yes!

Another thing I’ve been doing over the last few days is managing the interaction between the Stage Managers and Broadcast Rights Holders (the official broadcasters coming in from each country), as they are busy cabling throughout the Stadium, and of course getting in the way of the Stage Managers running their rehearsals. It’s interesting seeing how all the different parties have to do their jobs over top of each other.

We now are in lockdown at the Park, which means total security measures in place, and the Armed Forces have taken over the security around the Park perimeter. It’s actually quite nice going to work and being greeted by the Army guys one day, and then the Marines the next.Sorry I can’t tell you anything about the rehearsals, but in 16 days you’ll all be able to watch it and then you can all tell me what you think! Hope everyone is well and I look forward to catching up when I get back to NZ mid September.

Toni - London Olympics


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