After a brief update from Rhiannon about the show we did a warm up. The warm up began with walking around the room. Then Rhiannon called out some commands. Because I missed last week's audition/rehearsal I didn't know what they all meant. 'Clear the space', 'group centre', 'partner' and 'fold' meant nothing to me. Ek! But I soon realised I could just watch everyone else and copy them! Before long I was up to speed.
After rehearsing for three hours we had a photo shoot with Andrew. We needed the photos for publicity on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Now, I have seven costumes. Five of which I wore during the ceremonies* and two which I bought after the ceremonies at a sale in Coventry. But did I have one with me? No! Unfortunately I had just moved house and given 97% of my possessions to my mum to look after. So very kindly Beverley lent me one of her costumes. Like me, Beverley was in all four ceremonies. We are both part of a small group who were lucky enough to perform in all four ceremonies. In fact we think there were only 40-50 people who performed in all four.
After spending an hour taking photos we were free to go. However, some people stayed in their costume and continued to pose for photos. Andrew wanted to try some shots outside with iconic scenery such as a red telephone box, fancy buildings and Boris Bikes. My favourite from these photos is the one in the doorway arch (see below). There is lots of beautiful colour with Nicki and Prunella in their Umbrella costumes and Claire in her Thanks Tim costume, Lisa's face paint is awesome and Ray's face expression is ace (back row left side). I also like how there is at least one costume from ever ceremony in the photo.
Once again I had a fantastic time at rehearsal and I'm really looking forward to next week.
*You're probably thinking the maths doesn't add up - four ceremonies, five costumes. Well we had two costumes for the Olympics opening ceremony. One for drumming during the Pandemonium section and one for marshalling during the Athletes Parade.
Written by Lettice Wigby
Photos by Andrew Forey