Dragon spectacular returns to Monikie Country Park

It may be Summer, with long days and light nights, but trolls, a fairy glen and even a path of spiders are set to take up residence in the dark woods of Monikie Country Park this Autumn.

Following the success of the inaugural DragonQuest, which attracted over 5,000 visitors last year, tickets are now on sale for the follow-up Augmented Reality (AR) light show ‘Dragon Matrix’.

The theatrical, mystical spectacular will see visitors embark on a quest to track six dragon stones, stolen from the Museum of Dragons, a brand new fantastical installation located in the woods of Monikie from Wednesday 5 until Monday 31 October 2016 (except 10, 17 & 24).

The eagerly-anticipated tickets, for which there has been a waiting list since earlier this year, are now on sale via www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive or the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath.

Vision Mechanics, the Edinburgh theatre company behind ‘Big Man Walking’, ‘Giants in the Forest’ and ‘Embrace’, is creating the event, which will once again see the woods lit up and inhabited by huge, illuminated installations against a backdrop of music, stunning lighting and giant figures.

Symon Macintyre, Artistic Director, Vision Mechanics said, “Again, the show will incorporate cutting-edge Augmented Reality technologies alongside more traditional, theatrical treats.  Last year, through a mobile App, visitors could capture and reveal a collection of amazing creatures. This year, there are many more and they talk, so visitors are once again urged to bring their smart phones and tablets.  By downloading the Dragon Matrix App in advance, they can chance their luck on the Path of Spiders, see flying fairies, sneaky spiders and terrible trolls.”

‘Dragon Matrix’ is supported by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and Angus Council.  For the first time, the event is also supported by The Space, which works with artists and arts organisations to create great art and reach new audiences using digital technologies and platforms. From learning and skills through to funding and commissioning, it supports the best new and original talent from the UK. The Space was founded by the BBC and Arts Council England.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, VisitScotland, said, “The Augmented Reality show will once again capture the imaginations of visitors with its spectacular display of light, sound and visuals this autumn. Through the stunning setting of the Monikie Country Park and the creative talents of the organisers at Vision Mechanics, Dragon Matrix shows why Scotland truly is the perfect stage for events."

Kirsty Hunter, ANGUSalive Chief Executive said, “The dark nights of autumn seem far away as we all enjoy some warm summer sun, but ANGUSalive is already counting the days until the dragons return to Angus for Dragon Matrix.  Last year’s event was a tremendous success with those who enjoyed the thrill of the dark wood extravaganza giving the experience fantastic reviews.  Monikie Country Park provided the perfect setting, with location and event complimenting one another brilliantly. We are delighted the dragons will be coming to visit us again and look forward to welcoming them back to Monikie.”

Fiona Morris, Chief Executive and Creative Director of The Space added, “I’m delighted that The Space is supporting Dragon Matrix in 2016, Scotland’s year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Our investment will help the event increase its reach and engagement digitally, ensuring even more people are able to enjoy and explore this exciting experience.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive.

Tickets are also available from the Webster Memorial Theatre, 64 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AW - telephone 01241 435800, email info@webstertheatre.co.uk or via www.webstertheatre.co.uk.

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.

Further information is available at:

Website – dragonmatrix.org.uk

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