A fascinating insider's tale of the highs and lows of creating truly unforgettable public spectaculars - a gossipy and fascinatingly entertaining memoir from an author consistently in the public eye.;
How would it feel to be the creative mastermind behind some of the world's greatest public spectaculars? No-one will forget the beauty of Barcelona's archer lighting the Olympic flame with a burning arrow or the sheer drama of Cathy Freeman igniting the Olympic torch in Sydney. But what about the unseen and unheard about dramas behind the openings?
Ric Birch knows intimately the highs and lows of producing and directing many of the world's most watched and acclaimed ceremonies. The success of Ric's production at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games led to the opportunity to work on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. From there Ric's path brought him back to Australia for the six-month long World
Expo 88, and then to the Singapore Silver Jubilee celebrations, the ceremonies for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and of course the magnificent ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, amongst many other events, stage shows and television productions.
For the first time, Ric Birch reveals some of the skulduggery behind the ceremonies. He writes of his personal and professional life and of the effects they have on each other. Ric also describes the years of creativity and ruthlessness that precedes each event with humour, amazing detail and with huge affection and respect for his teams'.
This entertaining and fascinating memoir reveals the guts, determination and confidence of the master of the ceremonies, Ric Birch.
Ric Birch started his career by studying for a law degree at Melbourne University. After three years he had made his reputation as a student theatrical producer and director but left little impression on the legal fraternity apart from producing the Law Revue. His first job was with ABC television where he produced and directed many award-winning variety programs.
In 1981, Ric was asked to produce and direct the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XII Commonwealth Games held in Brisbane. Following the success of that, Ric has also produced and directed major spectaculars around the world such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the Singapore Jubilee Spectacular for the Singapore Government, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Ceremonies for the Sydney Olympics in 2000, among many other events.
Ric is currently working on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy i
Biography & Autobiography
Table Of Contents:
Chapter One A CEREMONIAL VIRGIN
Chapter Two MAGNETS + MAESTROS
Chapter Three BEGINNERS LUCK
Chapter Four LANKY YANK
Chapter Five CALIFORNIA DREAMING
Chapter Six PIE IN THE SKY
Chapter Seven SPECTAK DOES EXPO
Chapter Eight FLAPS OVER FROCKS
Chapter Nine HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH
Chapter Ten SPECTAK GOES EAST
Chapter Eleven TROPICAL DELIGHTS
Chapter Twelve CAPITAL CATALANS
Chapter Thirteen ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW
Chapter Fourteen WE GO TO A LAND DOWN UNDER
Chapter Fifteen SOCOG GETS SERIOUS
Chapter Sixteen TEAMWORK, FUN + GAMES
Chapter Seventeen MORE FUN + GAMES
Chapter Eighteen KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE
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