Commonwealth Games: top names deliver opening ceremony

Published: 27 August 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Stephen Knight, Joshua “RTKal” Holness, Maeve Clarke and Iqbal Khan

Some of “the UK's brightest and best creative names” will deliver the opening and closing ceremonies at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham-born theatre director Iqbal Khan, novelist and short story writer Maeve Clarke, international rapper Joshua “RTKal” Holness, production designer Misty Buckley, broadcast director Hamish Hamilton and executive producer Steven Knight, creator and writer of period crime drama Peaky Blinders, will work on the opening ceremony which will take place on Thursday 28 July and include a cast of 1,200.

Martin Green, chief creative officer of Birmingham 2022, who also led the Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies in London in 2012, said, “the core creative team assembled to imagine the opening ceremony is drawn from a diverse range of disciplines, from theatre to literature and television to stage production. We have had access to the very best UK and West Midlands talent to create this.

“Ten years almost to the day since London 2012's opening ceremony, these Games in Birmingham present a unique opportunity to create a global advert at a moment of renewal as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic."

Full details of the opening and closing ceremonies will be revealed in the coming months along with the performers and special guests.