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The strangest and best day of my life

Friday, 24 August 2012

Juliet Cooke is one of five ‘Culture Squad’ apprentice producers working on Showtime, the Mayor’s free outdoor arts festival for the whole family. Juliet talks about her experience when she took part in a performance by Osadia: Whose Hair Dares at Showtime’s event at BT London Live: Victoria Park in early August.

I woke up not quite knowing what I had gotten myself into by volunteering to be a model for Osadia. All I knew was that it was a show based on art going to people’s heads and that I would somehow be supporting Team GB and promoting the Mayor’s Showtime Festival.

I arrived at the London Media Centre at 7.30am and was sent to a room where Alex and Joe, the Osadia artists, would transform me and two other models from normal human beings into raging Team GB supporters with the most psychedelic hairdos ever seen.  After 45 minutes of face paint, hair spray, hair paint, wire, material and a GB Barbie, I am finally ready. The overall effect was extremely dramatic and everyone loved it.

Now it was time to shine in front of the cameras and this was the part I was really nervous about. Luckily we had a great team working with us and in true GB fashion they supported us the whole way through. We spent around an hour having our photos taken, in front of iconic telephone boxes, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. As we were finishing up we spotted Alistair Brownlee in the middle of a photo shoot wearing his huge gold medal.

Just as we were planning to leave we were asked to join him for a photograph, who could say no? So there we were in a private room holding the most amazing gold medal and chatting to a very down to earth and modest gold medalist. Who knew a small volunteering role could give us such an amazing opportunity?

We spent the rest of the day walking around London in our costumes promoting Showtime and its amazing touring package. The day couldn’t have been any better.

If you haven’t checked out when Showtime will be in your area, see: and make sure you don’t miss out.

Image courtesy of Juliet Cooke