Vision Mechanics present
Dragons of Drummohr
10th – 29th October (not Mondays)
18.00 – 21.00 (every 30 mins)
Drummohr House & Grounds
There are dragons in East Lothian, and it’s your job to catch them.
Building on 2015’s DragonQuest and last year’s Dragon Matrix, the innovative Vision Mechanics are back with a new augmented reality theatre adventure in the grand surroundings of Drummohr House – Dragons of Drummohr.
Running from 10-29 October, in the Drummohr House and Grounds near Musselburgh, this new adventure combines the worlds of gaming and storytelling to create something totally immersive. Rare and protected dragons have descended on the grounds of Drummohr House, and the Dragon Protection League need help in catching them.
The Dragon Bus will take audiences from the Prestongrange Museum Visitors Centre to the site – any more vehicles would disturb the dragons, making them harder to catch. Using the Dragon Matrix augmented reality app, audiences will be tasked with assisting the Dragon Protection League in finding all of the lurking mythical beasts inside the house and around the grounds – aided and abetted by trolls, fairies and red herrings.
Huge light installations and sculptures will transform the forest into another world, with clues to follow and puzzles to solve in the elusive structures hidden between the trees. Giant dragons, both real and augmented, loom out of the shadows. There are fairy settlements to stumble across, and goblins hiding in the cobwebbed corners of the old Drummohr mansion.
Vision Mechanics have a history of creating impressive, other worldly performances, such as the 8 metre giant pictish puppet Big Man Walking, and 2014’s Scottish woodland-set Embrace, fusing aerial artistry, dance, shadow, sound and light.
Dragon Matrix is sponsored by East Lothian Council. Last year’s event was attended by over 5,000 people and was a finalist in the Scottish Thistle Awards, Best Cultural Event or Festival.
Councillor John McMillan, East Lothian Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “I think it’s safe to say that this is a unique event! And what an innovative way to tap into the imagination of people of all ages. There’s a huge interest in fantasy, adventure and dragons through a huge variety of media including novels, TV series, movies and gaming so I expect this event, which promises to turn this fantastic world of dragons and adventure into reality, will be hugely well attended. I’m particularly pleased that East Lothian’s primary pupils will be getting involved in such a creative way.”
Partnering Dragons of Drummohr, Vision Mechanics are connecting with local schools in East Lothian, using the Dragon Matrix universe to engage children aged 9-11 with art, design, and issues surrounding conservation and the environment.
Free art workshops will be available to Primary 6 and 7 aged children for three weeks, starting on 11th September, where they will learn to make a huge, glittering Dragon Scarer. As dragons are a protected species, they need to be encouraged not to land in areas where they could be harmed – this is where a Dragon Scarer comes in handy. A Scarer is a large pole covered in flapping flags and banners. The Scarers made in East Lothian’s schools will then become part of the Dragons of Drummohr event series in October.
The Dragon Scarer workshop programme has been made possible through the generous support of CashBack for Creativity and Awards for All.
10th – 29th October 2017 (not Mondays)
Showings: 18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30
Preview/ Full price (incl. Dragon Bus return ticket)
Child: £8.00 / £10.00
Family £9.00 / £10.50
Concession £10.00 / £12.00
Adult £12.00 / £14.00
For tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3047697
Drummohr House & Grounds, near Musselburgh
Parking and the start point for The Dragon Bus shuttle:
The Bus will be back and forth every 5-10 minutes.
You will be dropped at the Dragon Protection League Head Quarters in Drummohr House & Grounds.
The Big Shed
Vision Mechanics have taken over the former stables at Drummohr House, transforming them into a new arts space, The Big Shed.
There are eleven artists studios spaces to rent, and one 20ft high, 60 x 40 ft central space – suitable for aerial rigging, rehearsals, large builds and site-specific multi-media events.
Affordable storage containers, communal bathroom and kitchen facilities, parking and easy transport routes to the city are all available.
The Big Shed aims to be an inspirational and affordable shared space for artists.
If interested or have any questions, please contact Symon Macintyre, Artistic Director on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07932120624