The Olympics opening ceremony: Save the surprise

I snapped this from a flat near the Olympic Park during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony, which my friends attended. The contents of the show are supposed to be shrouded in secrecy ahead of Friday’s extravaganza, so I’m going to stick to the #savethesurprise mantra.

For background: here are some of the already-known details about the opening ceremony, but Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning film director who is the mastermind of the show, appealed to the audience to keep the secret going until Friday night, so I won’t give anything more away from inside the stadium.

As for the pyrotechnics: a few fireworks were set off so the whole neighbourhood was able to enjoy a taste of what is to come.

The stadium has been glowing and flashing different colours for a few weeks now, but last night the lights lit up the east London sky, so Friday should be amazing and full of surprises.

Amie Tsang is the researcher on the FT’s World News Desk