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, a team within the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and Angus Council.

For further information, visit the DragonQuest website – dragonquest.org.uk 

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