Monikie Country Park enjoyed its first taste of what’s to come today (Monday 17 August 2015) when ‘DragonQuest’ brings its dark woods to life later this year.
DragonQuest is a theatrical, mystery spectacular created especially for the woods of Monikie Country Park from Wednesday 7 October to Sunday 1 November 2015 (excluding Mondays). The eagerly-anticipated tickets will go on sale, via Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath, at 1pm on Tuesday 18 August 2015.
Vision Mechanics, the Edinburgh theatre company behind ‘Big Man Walking’, ‘Giants in the Forest’ and ‘Embrace’, is creating an original story-telling event, which will see the woods lit up and inhabited by dragons, trolls, fairies, goblins and other magical creatures. The Vision Mechanics team of designers, along with Animation graduates from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee (DJCAD), has created breath-taking sets and fantastic illusions to wow family audiences and leave lasting impressions on visitors.
Alongside the more traditional elements of woodland sound and light shows, ticket holders are invited to download the DragonQuest App for smartphones or tablets and reveal what was hidden – a world of magical creatures which they can scan and snap for social media, friends and family alike. The technology will be the first ever use of Augmented Reality (AR) in a live theatre performance.
Symon Macintyre, Artistic Director, Vision Mechanics said, “DragonQuest is not just about being tech-savvy. It’s a great story of romance, magic and mystery that you, as an audience, discover as you walk in the woods on an autumn evening. With or without a smartphone, DragonQuest is an event for the whole family.
“Audiences will be amazed and intrigued by the impressive, interactive physical installations on offer and, through the downloadable App, can also enjoy a wider, high-tech experience. By capturing images, they will trigger animations on their smartphones 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. But, technology aside, there will also be lots of more traditional, theatrical creations to see and explore on the night!”
DragonQuest has been supported by Creative Scotland, EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and Angus Council.
Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Angus Council’s Vice-Convener of Communities added, Monikie Country Park offers a fabulous setting for visitors to experience this magical performance. We’re looking forward to welcoming local visitors – and further afield. I understand that there’s been a lot of buzz and excitement from visitors calling and stopping in to the park to ask when tickets are going on sale. Now’s your chance – this interactive showcase is going to prove popular for all the family, so don’t delay, get your ticket today!”
Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director said, “Every year, Angus welcomes visitors from all across the globe but I’m certain this is the first time we’ve played host to so many different mythical creatures! DragonQuest is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated events of the year, boasting enthralling stories and state-of-the-art technology. I’m sure it will attract visitors from both the local area and beyond and make for an unforgettable visit to beautiful Monikie Country Park this Autumn.”
The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-6pm and on Saturday, between 10am and 3pm. On performance nights, the Box Office hours will be extended, changing to Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-7.30-pm and on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm-7.30pm.
For further information, visit the DragonQuest website – dragonquest.org.uk and Facebook page – facebook.com/DarkWoodDragonQuest.
NOTE TO EDITORS
Angus Council: DragonQuest is supported by Angus Council. Visit Angus is the area destination marketing campaign to raise the profile of the county locally, nationally and internationally. Further information from Millie Clarke on 01307 473262, www.visitangus.com or www.facebook.com/VisitAngus.
Creative Scotland: Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. The organisation enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. They distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. Follow @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland.
EventScotland: EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is a team in the VisitScotland Events Directorate. VisitScotland is the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.