If you go down to the woods this Autumn, you’re sure of a big surprise. The dark woods of Monikie Country Park in Angus are set to come alive throughout October, with the launch of DragonQuest!
A theatrical, mystical spectacular is being created within the woods of Monikie from Thursday 8 October to Sunday 1 November 2015 (excluding Mondays).
Vision Mechanics, the Edinburgh theatre company behind ‘Big Man Walking’, ‘Giants in the Forest’ and ‘Embrace’, is creating the story-telling event, which will see the woods lit up and inhabited by huge, illuminated installations against a backdrop of music and giant figures. The show will incorporate cutting-edge ‘Augmented Reality’ technologies alongside traditional treats to wow family audiences and leave lasting impressions on visitors.
Audiences will not only be amazed and intrigued by the impressive, interactive physical installations on offer but, through a downloadable App, enjoy a wider, high-tech experience. By capturing images, they will trigger animations on their smart phones or tablets, seeing fairies, hovering flies and goblins as they walk through the woods on their search for an ancient dragon that has supposedly come to rest there.
DragonQuest has been supported by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and Angus Council.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said, “We are delighted to be supporting DragonQuest, which includes funding for the event’s gaming app development. Monikie Country Park presents a perfect setting for people looking for something different to do on an autumnal evening, and I hope this immersive and interactive event will encourage the local community and visitors to Scotland, to experience the diverse natural beauty of this fantastic landscape at night.”
Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Angus Council’s Vice-Convener of Communities added, “We are delighted to support and host this unique event and welcome DragonQuest to Angus. Monikie Country Park is the ideal venue to set the scene for a magical spectacle for all the family. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from across the county – and further afield – and I know it’s going to thrill and delight every visitor to the woods.”
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