It then switched to a sequence filmed outside the stadium shortly before the ceremony, superimposed with posters from previous Summer Olympics all of them except ParisBerlinLos Angelesand Atlantato a recording of " Map Of The Problematique " by Muse. This ended with a live shot of three cast members holding the posters for the competition. There was then a second countdown in the stadium, with children holding clusters of balloons that burst simultaneously although one set failed to burstwith the audience shouting out the numbers.
This performance celebrated Britain's maritime heritage and geographical "isles" status. The characters Ratty, Mole and Toad from The Wind in the Willows were briefly seen, as was a ' Monty Python hand' pointing towards London on umbrellas, and an InterCity train passing the Olympic rings as crop circles in a field.
It then switched to a sequence filmed outside the stadium shortly before the ceremony, superimposed with posters from previous Summer Olympics all of them except ParisBerlinLos Angelesand Atlantato a recording of " Map Of The Problematique " by Muse.
This ended with a live shot of three cast members holding the posters for the competition. There was then a second countdown in the stadium, with children holding clusters of balloons that burst simultaneously although one set failed to burstwith the audience shouting out the numbers.
Bradley Wigginswho had won the Tour de France five days earlier, opened the ceremony by ringing the Olympic Bell that hung at one end of the stadium.
Four upper-atmosphere balloons were released, each expected to carry a set of Olympic rings and a camera up to the mid- stratosphere. Green and Pleasant Land Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again: William ShakespeareThe TempestAct 3, Scene II The depiction of rural life already in the arena was billed as "a reminder and a promise of a once and future better life".
Youth choirs began a cappella performances of the informal anthems of the four nations of the UK: As the last choir performance concluded, vintage London General Omnibus Company stagecoaches entered, carrying businessmen and early industrialists in Victorian dress and top hatsled by Kenneth Branagh as Brunel.
The 50 men stepped down from the carriages and surveyed the land approvingly. After walking onto the Glastonbury Tor, Brunel delivered Caliban 's "Be not afeard" speech, reflecting Boyle's introduction to the ceremony in the programme  and signifying an aspiration of new industry or a new era in Britain.
This anticipated the next section of the ceremony. Scene representing Industrial Britain. Rehearsal 23 July before the ceremony four days later. Proceedings were suddenly interrupted by a loud shout, recorded by volunteers during the rehearsals, followed by drumming the pre-recorded drumming amplified by cast members drumming on inverted household buckets and bins led by Evelyn Glennie.
Seven smoking chimney stacks with accompanying steeplejacks rose from the ground, along with other industrial machinery: Boyle said that this section celebrated the "tremendous potential" afforded by the advancements of the Victorian era.
Unprompted, members of the audience stood in respect during this segment. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As the noise level and tension built, driven by the relentless rhythm of the music and the drumming, participants mimed repetitive mechanical movements associated with industrial processes such as weaving.Opening night: 4th of August @ 6PM 4th - 26th August (10am - 4pm) Our Grand opening includes a gallery show of the countries best artists.
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